Pastor Terry Jones-True American Hero, Re; Michigan Jails Pastor to Avert Muslim Riots, Allvoices, April 23, 2011

Pastor Terry Jones is a true American hero who may yet save the country from those who would abrogate or eliminate basic, fundamental American freedoms such as freedom of speech and freedom of expression in order to appease Muslims and Islamists.

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Pastor Jones was going to peacefully protest against “radical Islam” and increasing Islamization in the United States on April 22 outside the Islamic Center of America in Dearborn, Michigan, which is the largest mosque in North America. His right to do so is absolute and inviolate and is guaranteed and protected by the First Amendment of the United States Constitution. Nevertheless, in a stunning attack on the Constitution and therefore the country itself the local judiciary refused to grant him a permit for the protest, threw him in jail for refusing to pay a one dollar peace bond and prohibited him from going to the mosque or adjacent property for three years. This all occurred because officials were concerned that violent counterprotests by Muslims would take place, that Muslims would respond by marauding and rioting in the streets…an Assistant Prosecutor even warned that “people could die” if the protest proceeded.

All of that is irrelevant of course. In the U.S. a person’s right to protest and express themselves is unconditional and unlimited, no matter how offensive it might be to some. It cannot be moderated or adulterated and that is something officials failed to recognize or understand before they so blatantly took Pastor Jones’s rights away. It is also something that many Muslims refuse to accept, at least as far as Islam is concerned. It should be pointed out that one third of Dearborn’s 98,000 odd residents are Muslim, that Christians were arrested for passing out leaflets at a Muslim festival last July and that allegations have been made about covering up honor killings as part of a lawsuit that challenges City of Dearborn cooperation with Islamic interests.

Rather than give up or slink off Pastor Jones announced that he intends to file a lawsuit because his First Amendment rights were violated and that he would be returning to Dearborn from his home in Florida next week to hold a demonstration outside Dearborn City Hall. He also said that the issue has shifted from “radical Islam” to protection of the First Amendment. He is absolutely right about that. If this abominable decision is allowed to stand the First Amendment will in effect become null and void, the right to protest and freedom of speech and freedom of expression will disappear and criticism of Islam will become verboten, no matter how mild or innocuous it might be. Other freedoms like freedom of religion, freedom of assembly and freedom of the press will soon be lost as well and America will no longer be able to consider itself a free country.

The fight to protect, defend and preserve the First Amendment is arguably the most important battle going on in the United States today because it is about the essence and survival of the country itself. If it is lost America will no longer be America, simple as that. Pastor Jones is a true American hero for taking it up and deserves all the support and assistance we can give him.

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