DEARBORN (WWJ) – The controversial Florida Reverend Terry Jones made an appearance in a Dearborn courtroom as the prosecutor demands he put up cash to cover police costs before a protest in at a Dearborn mosque Friday.
“This is just another tactic to stop us from doing what we want to do…we have already made it very, very clear that our demonstration there is very peaceful, we have no intention in doing anything that is provocative,” says Jones outside of the Dearborn courtroom.
The sound of a shouting match outside Dearborn’s 39th District court after Jones’ court appearance.
Jones appeared in court, where the prosecutor requested he put up a “peace bond” before his rally Friday at a mosque in Dearborn.
Prosecutors and police fear a riot could occur, but Jones, who has burned a Koran in the past, says his protest will be peaceful.
“Our message is to the Muslim community, is one of welcome and warning, if they are here in America legally, their rights are protected under the First Amendment, that’s not a problem, they can worship as they please, they can build mosques, they can evangelize, we just expect for them to honor and obey the constitution of the United States,” says Jones.
Jones will be back before the judge at 8:30 Friday.
Jones says regardless of the court’s decision, he’ll still protest.