DEARBORN (WWJ) – Controversial Koran-burning Florida pastor Terry Jones is hoping a Wayne County Circuit judge will lift a ban on where he can protest in Dearborn.
Jones is appealing his conviction for a breach of the peace at an appearance in the city earlier this year and fighting a ban that keeps him from appearing at the Islamic Center of America. On a previous visit, Jones was instructed to keep his protests in Dearborn’s so-called free speech zone at the City Hall.
“We expect that to be lifted. We expect that is what’s going to happen. They’re going to rule in our favor and that ban will be lifted or that ban will be thrown out. And when that ban is thrown out, then of course we will come back, shortly, we will come back and do a rally, demonstration there in front of the Islamic Center,” says Jones.
However, Jones won’t be present at Thursday’s hearing. “We’ll not be coming. We already had plans to come twice. They canceled the hearings both times, so we’re not able to come. I have other commitments,” he says.
Dearborn officials claim there’s no parking near the mosque where Jones wanted to appear, and that the city would need extra money for security to keep the peace because Jones is so controversial he would create a safety issue.