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April 22nd, 2011
07:22 AM ET

Pastor Terry Jones plans Good Friday protest in Dearborn, Mich.

Pastor Terry Jones is known for his controversial burning of the Quran, and is said to have a $2 million bounty on his head in Pakistan. Jones is now planning a Good Friday protest in Dearborn, Michigan where one-third of the population is Muslim.

Dearborn Mayor Jack O'Reilly says there is a problem with the site where Jones wants to protest and tells American Morning, "We never intend to deny him his rights but he has to stay within the law." A jury will decide Friday morning whether Jones will be allowed to protest at the mosque.

Dearborn Mayor O'Reilly speaks to Kiran Chetry and Ali Velshi about Jones' Dearborn protests.

Filed under: Law • Politics • Religion • U.S.
soundoff (9 Responses)
  1. Travis

    Does he have a death wish?

    April 26, 2011 at 3:00 pm |
  2. Scott

    So he's purposely going to an area with a very high concentration of Muslims just hoping for any kind of reaction, because that is the only thing that will keep his face on the news.

    April 26, 2011 at 7:09 am |
  3. Lebanese-friend

    News of our dear Pastor Jones hit the world newspapers, and internet. Some they were watching the news for any mistake it can be made by Pastor Jones, so, they can gain credit to put forward against those whom became aware of the danger of Islam. Some were eager to hear the development.

    Pastor Jones stated his stand, that he wishes to have a peaceful protest, and stood strongly that the protest will be peaceful. However, the government did not have any excuses, or real reason to prevent the start of demonstration. They came up with a twisted argument, of safety and security. Wow, in America, now we are fearing direct hit by the Islamic terrorists and government knows about it, and don`t do nothing.

    It was a great opportunity for the government to enforce democracy, justice and American freedom by allowing the peaceful demonstration take place, and allow the police and their agencies to do their job, in which they are paid for it, either if they stay in their offices or on the road. There is no additional cost.

    If they, the Islamic want to do demonstration in front of American embassy here in Toronto, they will allow them, the government, as often they did demonstration, and I believe, they burned American flags all around the world in front of American embassies.

    What I think, will be their next move, those Islamic fanatics and terrorists, is to build up public opinion in negative view toward Pastor Terry Jones. They failed their first attempt, when dear Pastor Jones arrested peacefully and stayed in a course of the demand to have a peaceful demonstration.

    I think, the demand to put forward to have a demonstration should continue, even if it will take several years. This is a plus to show the American, that their freedom is being bought out by Saudi Arabia (indirectly), and the only way to regain and win is to allow people to hear, see, and make their decision on the election day for the Candidate that is real American.

    Other point-of-view, I wish to add, that the American government should put a deportation law for those whom became American citizen, but lied in their immigration papers for not stating that they were members of terrorist organizations. I believe, most of them lied in their immigration paper when they put their application to gain a visa to USA. If the message goes out, that those whom lied on their immigration paper of their past history, of belonging to military unit, in Middle East, are subjected to revoke their American citizenship. I am sure, many of them will not show up in opposition, or many of them will behave well without threaten dear Pastor Terry Jones to cause harm on the demonstration day.

    Their game, the Islamic fanatic, is now on, equipped with psychologist, psychiatrists, and many others to try to trap dear Pastor Jones in humiliation, and so on. The failed, even so, the demonstration did not go on, but world news went on with the message that American freedom is suppressed by Islamic radicals.

    American will surely put that on consideration on the election day.

    April 24, 2011 at 9:23 am |
  4. mohammed

    من خلال الله، والنساء هن من يقدمن الحياة للخليقة كلها، كبيرها وصغيرها من الأرض. الشيطان يوسوس بغيرة في آذان الرجال مسلم أن تطغى عليهم ، لا تسمح لهم بالسفر خارج دون رقيب أو يعرفوا أنهم أقرب إلى الله مما كنت.

    إلا من خلال يسوع، يمكن للمرأة في الإسلام أن يكون حرا. انه قادم لك، وتأخذ بيده عند ظهوره ويكون حرا في الحياة والموت.


    Through God, women are the life givers to every creature, large and small of the Earth. Satan jealously whispers in the ears of Muslim men to oppress them, do not let them travel outside unsupervised or they will know they are closer to Allah than you.
    Only through Jesus, can the women of Islam be free. He is coming for you, take his hand when it appears and be free in life and death.

    April 23, 2011 at 9:01 pm |
  5. mohammed

    What does this man reveal by burning the Quran; 1. That he is irresponsible, old and foolish. And that he will be judged for the innocent deaths he has caused. 2. That Satan is so close to the surface of the Muslim soul that, this old foolish man can easily reveal to God, to which Muslims are under the control of Satan.

    April 23, 2011 at 9:00 pm |
  6. Christine

    How amazing that he gets jailed for something he didn't even get to do. Yet while he is jailed there is a group outside protesting him and they get no punishment. This is a violation of freedom of speech along with discrimination. I hope he sues the crap out of Dearborn. I live in michigan and even if I don't agree with what he has to say he has the right to say.

    April 22, 2011 at 9:53 pm |
  7. Tufail Alam

    way to represent the Christianity Mr.Terry Jones.

    April 22, 2011 at 6:35 pm |
  8. peggy

    Why is obama wasting more money forming another commitee to stop corruption of oil prices? thats just another one of his BS talks to try to fool the public into voting for him.....AGAIN. SHAME ON YOU WOMEN!!! At least the ones who cant see this man for the smooth talker he is!!!!!!

    April 22, 2011 at 8:31 am |
  9. somebody

    This is america, every inch is free zone here.

    April 22, 2011 at 7:49 am |