Terry Jones has reared his ugly head again. The controversial pastor from Gainesville, Florida, who gained notoriety for his plan to conduct a mass burning of the Quran on September 11, 2010, and then actually did burn a Quran last year, sparking riots in Afghanistan and Pakistan that killed at least 20 people, has not reneged on his hatred of Muslims.
His latest ploy is to stir up hatred by bringing a gun to a high school in Michigan on Wednesday as a part of protest against so-called “Muslim gangs.” Specifically, Jones brought a .45-caliber semi-automatic handgun with him but took it back to his car before his protest, at the request of police.
Jones was not invited to Edsel Ford High School in Dearborn, but decided to show up anyway, along with about a dozen supporters. When he arrived at the school, he was faced with a slew of law enforcement officers, including Dearborn police, Wayne County sheriff’s deputies, and Michigan State Police Troopers.
The Detroit News reports that Jones and his cronies left the high school after about an hour, and walked around the back of the school, looking for students to preach at, but they were unsuccessful.
A spokesman for Dearborn schools said Edsel Ford High School held its normal activities Wednesday.
From The Detroit News:
Jones wanted to meet with the school’s principal about what he says is a problem with Muslim teens beating up other students, but was denied a meeting.
Dearborn schools spokesman David Mustonen has said Jones’ claims of bullying by Muslim students are unfounded.
Jones has been a frequent visitor to Dearborn, where he has criticized what he calls “radical elements of Islam.” Jones’ critics say his protests have been nothing but “hate speech.”
The reality is that Dearborn is a haven of religious tolerance. Home to the largest Muslim community in America, it is also geographically close to a thriving Jewish community in West Bloomfield and the surrounding area. These two groups have worked with the neighboring Christian community for years, demonstrating to other communities how it is possible for people of different faiths to work together peaceably.
Apparently this model of tolerance and understanding makes Jones mad: last year he planned a Good Friday gathering to protest the Islamic Center of America mosque in Dearborn.
But the city of Dearborn was ready for him this time.
The Dearborn Police Department issued an alert Wednesday morning “asking residents to stay away from Edsel Ford High School from 11am-4pm due to a planned event.”
From Fox News:
“In response to several inquiries from concerned parents, community leaders and the media, Dearborn Police Chief Ronald Haddad wants to reassure the community that his department is fully prepared to facilitate the peaceful and safe visit of Terry Jones to the Dearborn area while providing seamless public safety services to the 98,153 residents of Dearborn,” the department said in a statement. “Despite the challenges presented by Mr. Jones’ previous visits, the Dearborn Police Department’s primary mission is to ensure that the 22,300 children attending Dearborn schools experience an uneventful, safe, and productive school day.”
If you think you’ve heard Jones’ name recently, you are correct: he has been promoting the anti-Islamic film “Innocence of Muslims,” whose Youtube clip is credited with igniting protests in Egypt and Libya.
For a man who calls himself a pastor to behave with such hatred towards his fellow humans is unfathomable to me. What happened to loving thy neighbor and doing unto others as you would have them do to you?
Can anyone stop Terry Jones before he wreaks more tragedy?
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