Florida pastor draws more critics than supporters at Dearborn rally

Controversial Florida Pastor Terry Jones spoke Saturday in Dearborn in front of the biggest mosque in Michigan.Speaking in front of the biggest mosque in Michigan, the Florida pastor known for burning the Quran blasted Islam and called upon Americans to take back their country.

“Islam has one goal — that is world domination,” said Jones, wearing sunglasses, jeans and a faded black leather jacket. “It’s time to stand up.”

Holding signs that read “I Will Not Submit,” about 20 supporters cheered as Jones and his assistant spoke outside the Islamic Center of America, a Dearborn mosque that sits off Ford Road.

Framed by the mosque’s minarets, Jones said he is concerned that the growth of the Muslim population in metro Detroit and the U.S. will lead to the oppression of non-Muslims.

“Muslims, no matter where they go around the world … they push their agenda on the society,” Jones said. “We must take back America.”

The mosque was placed on lockdown Saturday afternoon, with about 30 police cars from Detroit, Dearborn, Wayne County and the State of Michigan surrounding the area, which also includes several churches.

Traffic in and out was prevented, disappointing some worshipers who were not aware of Jones’ rally and could not access the mosque. During the anti-Muslim rally, an electronic billboard at the Islamic Center read, “Happy Easter.”

About 500 feet from Jones was a group of about 50 counter-protesters, some of whom were with By Any Means Necessary, a militant group rooted in Communism that uses confrontational tactics. Police prevented them from approaching the grassy area in front of the mosque where Jones spoke. Muslim leaders had urged people not to attend Saturday’s counter-protest.

Unlike Jones’ last two visits to Dearborn, this one was uneventful, with no arrests and no street clashes.

In June, Dearborn police arrested six counter-protesters who confronted Jones as he walked toward the Arab festival in Dearborn after he held an anti-Islam rally at Dearborn City Hall. And two months before that, in April 2011, police arrested
some counter-protesters after they swarmed across Michigan Avenue to challenge Jones as he was speaking at City Hall.

Jones said during his talk Saturday that he also is concerned about the free-speech rights of Americans. He pointed to his own recent experiences in Dearborn as an example of Islamic law encroaching on American freedoms.

In the past year, Jones has battled the City of Dearborn for the right to speak in front of the mosque. Last year, a Dearborn judge threw him briefly in jail and ordered him to stay away from the mosque for three years. That decision was later overturned by a Detroit judge….

Speaking about Jones, Dennis said: “This guy’s just a hatemonger, no different from the Klan or a Nazi.” entire article at source