Thursday, April 21, 2011

Pastor Jones vs Dearbornistan

He wanted to burn a Qur'an on Sept 11, but didn't.  He finally burned one, along with Pastor Wayne Sapp just a few weeks ago and people died.  Jones wants to protest Islam and the Qur'an at the Dearborn mosque, one of the largest in the US.  Police there (the Chief is a Muslim) are putting up roadblocks to Jones, citing the very real possibility of violence breaking out.

What is most telling is that, instead of standing up for Jones right to protest and, if he wants burn another Qur'an, Dearborn police are towing the line that just by his presence Muslims will get uppity and cause problems.  It is not on Jones' shoulders if some people riot and pillage, it is their responsibility to use restraint in the face of stupidity. 

Islam places the burden of responsibility for their behavior on those who slight Muslims or disparage Muslims, a reversal of accepted norms with regard to personal responsibility and integrity.  This is a self-serving bias, endemic to Islam as well as a source of friction within those who try to understand the doctrine from a non-Muslim perspective.

Pastor Jones is innocent of any blood shed.  His actions are proof Islam is not the "religion of peace" so ardently claimed.

From April 21 by Oralandar Brand-Williams

Jury to decide if pastor can protest at Dearborn mosque 

Dearborn A jury on Friday will weigh whether a Quran-burning pastor can legally carry out plans that day to protest at the Islamic Center of America mosque.

Florida Pastor Terry Jones expressed frustration over the prospect this afternoon, telling 19th District Judge Mark Somers that "it will be a problem" if the trial stretches on so long that he can't carry out the 5 p.m. demonstration against radical Islam. The trial before Somers is to begin about 8 a.m.

He impaneled the jury of four woman and three men from a pool of 30 this afternoon after ruling that Jones' protest could endanger the public and would have to pay an unspecified peace bond to demonstrate on a small median outside the Ford Road mosque. The jury includes six members and one alternate.

What in the name of Aunt Fannies panties is a "peace bond"?

Jones refused to pay the bond and opted for the trial, which initially was believed to occur this afternoon.

The ruling puts into question Jones' demonstration, which has sparked arguments about the line between free speech and public safety. Prosecutors have sought the unspecified bond — Jones said it was up to $100,000 — for extra police in fear of a riot.

Again, is it the responsibility of the police to keep peace regarding support of free speech, or is it Jones who must, as a matter of public good, practice self-muzzling in order to "keep the peace" with Muslims?

The hearing comes a day after Dearborn city officials denied Jones a permit to protest on public land near the mosque citing public safety concerns. They say he could face arrest if he carries through the protest. Before the hearing, Jones — who wore a leather jacket and jeans — said he planned to proceed with the demonstration despite the permitting issues or peace bond.

Veiled ad hominum/slander attack alert.  I wear a leather jacket and jeans, should I be worried?

"This will not stop us," Jones said before the hearing that began at 3 p.m.

The courtroom was packed mostly with journalists and a few spectators including Richard Fournier. The Redford Township resident said he supports the minister's right to free speech but thinks he is misguided.

"He's just grandstanding to get attention," said Fournier.

Outside the court, a handful of protestors gathered against Jones. One held a sign reading, "Racist Terry Jones Get out of Town."

This is getting old, but what race is Islam again?

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