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Written by: Diana West
Monday, April 09, 2012 6:20 AM 

Pastor Terry Jones continues to fight for free speech against sharia in America, taking his battle back to one of the most Islamic enclaves in America -- Dearborn, Michigan. There. in Dearborn's latest sharia-complying outrage, the city actually asked Jones to sign a legal agreement to forfeit his legal rights regarding any harm that might befall him during his latest lawful protest. Jones filed suit, and a Detroit federal judge ruled last week in his favor. 

What is notable about the Detroit Free Press account (below) of what happened when Jones recently returned to Dearborn is the way the story is constructed. It's not so much that pieces are missing, but rather that pieces appear out of order. In the newspaper report, 1) Jones warns about Islamic domination and sharia; 2) the mosque is on "lockdown" surrounded by 30 police cars and traffic into the area is halted; and 3) a sign at the Islamic Center reads "Happy Easter."

How's that for topsy-turvy? Then, finally, a partial explanation of what's really going on:

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.

Last month, the city asked Jones to sign a legal agreement that would make him forfeit his legal rights stemming from any possible incident at the event, before protesting. Jones then filed a lawsuit, prompting a Detroit federal judge to rule Thursday in his favor.

Bottom line: Free speech exists in Islamic Dearborn only for as long as a man of courage like Terry Jones  exercises it. Then it's back to sharia. This is a vital lesson applicable everywhere in this time of Islamic jihad to extend sharia, as advanced by dhimmi such as Hillary Clinton. Free speech exists only as long as free people everywhere follow Terry Jones' example and exercise it.

From the Detroit Free Press:

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.

If you are wondering why Communists would support sharia, memorize this.

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.

Last month, the city asked Jones to sign a legal agreement that would make him forfeit his legal rights stemming from any possible incident at the event, before protesting. Jones then filed a lawsuit, prompting a Detroit federal judge to rule Thursday in his favor.

Jones was represented for free in his battles with the city by the Ann Arbor-based Thomas More Law Center, a conservative Christian group established by Domino's Pizza founder Tom Monaghan.

During the talk, some supporters of Jones made derogatory remarks and jokes about Muslims. When Jones criticized the Revs. Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson for what he sees as their overreaction to the killing of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in Florida, one supporter blurted out: "Throw 'em in the pit with the Muslims."

After the rally, supporters of Jones posed for photos in front of the mosque.

A crew with Real Catholic TV, a media outlet based in Ferndale that is owned by a member of Opus Dei, was at the rally. Its host, Michael Voris, said he supports Jones' right to free speech and his view that Islamic law is a potential threat to the U.S.

Down the road, counter-protester Wissam Chalk, 32, of Redford Township said: "America is made for all. We are all one."

Fellow counter-protestor Laura Dennis, 38, of Detroit held up a sign that read: "God Loves Us All."

Speaking about Jones, Dennis said: "This guy's just a hatemonger, no different from the Klan or a Nazi."

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