Spencer: Koran-Burning Pastor Jailed for Thoughtcrime

In Human Events this morning I discuss the free speech showdown in Michigan:

On Good Friday in Dearborn, Mich., the notorious Koran-burning pastor Terry Jones was jailed and fined for the crime of refusing to pay a so-called “peace bond” to cover the costs of extra police protection for Jones” planned demonstration outside the Islamic Center of America in Dearborn. Judge Mark Somers also ordered Jones to stay away from the massive Dearborn mosque for three years.

This is a restriction on the freedom of speech and the freedom of expression that Islamic supremacists are certainly going to try to use in the future to press for even more.

Jones was only in jail briefly, and the fine was a symbolic one dollar, but clearly Dearborn authorities see him as a threat to public order. Why? Was Jones threatening to burn down the mosque, using copies of the Koran as kindling? Did he threaten the Dearborn Muslims””or Muslims anywhere else? Did he strap a suicide vest to himself and detonate it in a crowd of infidels? Did he plant explosives in his underwear and try to blow up an airliner in mid-flight? Did he load a car with explosives and try to explode it on a crowded night in Times Square? Did he murder 13 Americans while shooting “Allahu Akbar” at Fort Hood? Did he murder an American serviceman outside a military recruiting center in Little Rock for Allah and Islam? […]

Commentator Pamela Geller points out Dearborn’s soft bigotry of low expectations: “The city of Dearborn’s position is that Muslims are so violent and irrational that they won’t be able to control themselves if Jones holds a protest? And he has to pay for damages? Why wouldn’t the marauding Muslim hordes pay the damages if they are doing the damage? And if they get violent, why aren’t they in jail?”

Indeed. the New York Times reported that “Robert Sedler, a constitutional law professor at Wayne State University, said the United States Supreme Court has ruled that it is the police’s job to protect speakers at such events, and said it is unconstitutional to require protesters to post a bond for police protection.”

Yet it has been done now, and the precedent set that a man has been arrested, jailed, and fined for the Orwellian crime of planning to hold a politically incorrect protest. Whatever one may think of Terry Jones and his book-burning (and I am not a fan of book-burning myself), every free citizen should be supporting his right to protest in Michigan. Muslims should not be immune from criticism and protest in America any more than anyone else is. To restrict Jones” right to protest in front of a mosque is to send the signal that violent intimidation works, and that those who killed people in Afghanistan because of Jones” Koran-burning have achieved their ultimate goal: to make Islam immune from criticism because every potential critic will be afraid to speak out.

That is the road to tyranny. And now we have embarked on it.

There is more.

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Terry Jones to sue over enforcement of Sharia in Dearborn, Michigan
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  1. says

    The most generous interpretation of the Dearborn authorities’ decision making process is that it is easier to deal with one individual than thousands of marauding foot soldiers of Islam.

    However, as they are completely ignoring Jones’ inalienable right to free speech under the American Constitution, they are in the wrong.

    You have to meet Islam head on. Nothing else will do.

  2. says

    So this is the Divided Islamic States of America, and the
    so-called AMERICAN DREAM has become the AMERICAN NIGHTMARE or ISLAMIC DREAM ?

  3. says

    So this is the Divided Islamic States of America, and the
    ao-called AMERICAN DREAM has become THE AMERICAN NIGHTMARE or ISLAMIC DREAM ?!

  4. says

    ‘Freedom of expression is our fire alarm—disable it and the House that is Western Civilization will burn down.

    Pastor Jones and Geert Wilders are on trial. I would also say that the USA and The Neanderlands are also on trial. We live in extremely dangerous times.

    That is the reason for the soon to be released Project Dhimmi for consideration by JWers and JW. There are many ways to skin the rats–those rats being Islam and Dhimmitude.
    Please follow the link, and it would also be nice if you clicked on an ad or two. More on Project Dhimmi in a couple of days.
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  5. says

    Amazing. How many JW readers are aware of the “peace” vigil that has been camped out in front of Temple Beth Israel in nearby Ann Arbor, Michigan now for SEVEN years, harassing Jews who arrive for prayer or study on the Sabbath, holidays, and weekdays?

    Go to Google and type in “anti-israel vigil at beth Israel ann harbor.” What comes up is page-after-page of links to articles in which Arabs and Muslims crow self-righteously about their “right” to harass Jews at a place of Jewish prayer. The local city council has done nothing to stop this harassment, which has been ongoing since 2004. Disgusting.

    http://aaspurn.org/

  6. says

    Amazing. How many JW readers are aware of the “peace” vigil that has been camped out in front of Temple Beth Israel in nearby Ann Arbor, Michigan now for SEVEN years, harassing Jews who arrive for prayer or study on the Sabbath, holidays, and weekdays?

    Go to Google and type in “anti-israel vigil at beth Israel ann harbor.” What comes up is page-after-page of links to articles in which Arabs and Muslims crow self-righteously about their “right” to harass Jews at a place of Jewish prayer. The local city council has done nothing to stop this harassment, which has been ongoing since 2004. Disgusting.

    http://aaspurn.org/

  7. says

    Maybe if the Jewish Synagogue threatened violence against those picketers the police could throw them in jail. Isn’t that how they are telling us this Freedom of Speech thing works with regard to Terry Jones?

  8. says

    The behavior of both Muslims and their leftist apologists in this travesty of justice just SCREAMS that Muslims CANNOT be trusted to behave decently.

    Seems to me that this is the bigotry of low expectations as Geller points out. And of course the world, or many parts of it, have become acculturated to getting low expectations from Muslims. “We will behave ugly if you do such-and-such.” And Muslims never disappoint.

    It is way beyond time that Muslims are called out on this. Are Muslims in America for the freedoms or the conquest?

    We know the answer.

    All of this demonstrates yet again that there is NO difference in what lies inside the hearts of Muslims who live in America(*) from the murderous bile that exists in the hearts of Muslims living in any other place on the planet.

    *You’ll notice that the phrase “Muslims who live in America” is used, and not “Muslim Americans.” They latter do NOT exist and Muslims will readily tell you that their loyalties are to allah and the law of sharia, not our federal and state constitutions. For those of us who love America it is truly a beacon of hope, meaning a concept of personal liberty and responsibility. To Muslims America is just another geographical place to conquer.

  9. says

    ….and who COULDN’T see this coming…..?

    Bye-bye Dearborn. Bye-bye Michigzn. Bye-bye America.

    Bye-bye world. The Lord will put a stop to this devil’s madness, and we know how HE will do it. It won’t be pretty.

    You could look it up.

  10. says

    “…Muslims should not be immune from criticism and protest in America any more than anyone else is ….”

    especially since there seems to be nothing within the this socalled “religion” that teaches empathy for another, should that other disagree with the Muslim.

    and there seems to be no effort to inculcate selfcontrol and responsibility for Muslims actions – whatever they may be, including murder – against the one who should disagree with the Muslim.

    this socalled “religion” poses a danger to mankind

  11. says

    “…Muslims should not be immune from criticism and protest in America any more than anyone else is ….”

    especially since there seems to be nothing within the this socalled “religion” that teaches empathy for another, should that other disagree with the Muslim.

    and there seems to be no effort to inculcate selfcontrol and responsibility for Muslims actions – whatever they may be, including murder – against the one who should disagree with the Muslim.

    this socalled “religion” poses a danger to mankind

  12. says

    “…Muslims should not be immune from criticism and protest in America any more than anyone else is ….”

    especially since there seems to be nothing within the this socalled “religion” that teaches empathy for another, should that other disagree with the Muslim.

    and there seems to be no effort to inculcate selfcontrol and responsibility for Muslims actions – whatever they may be, including murder – against the one who should disagree with the Muslim.

    this socalled “religion” poses a danger to mankind

  13. says

    “…Muslims should not be immune from criticism and protest in America any more than anyone else is ….”

    especially since there seems to be nothing within the this socalled “religion” that teaches empathy for another, should that other disagree with the Muslim.

    and there seems to be no effort to inculcate selfcontrol and responsibility for Muslims actions – whatever they may be, including murder – against the one who should disagree with the Muslim.

    this socalled “religion” poses a danger to mankind

  14. says

    I solved the problem of double-posts for myself. When ready hit submit, do a slow count to 15, and hit the refresh button on your browser.

  15. says

    1st Amendment:
    Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

    This is not just a freedom of speech violatin, it is also a violation “of the right of the people peacably to assemble.”

    Then there’s the 14th Amendment (Section 1):
    No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.

  16. says

    Mr. Trump should make it also his fundamental Presidential campaign focus – to defend bravely freedom of speech against the increasing rise of Nazi-like Fascism under Islam, even in the supposedly free West! May our shared Judeo-Christian God bless the brave Pastor Jones for his tireless effort to stand up to most savage PREDATORY evil such as Islam!

  17. says

    The City of Dearborn,Michigan possibly has the largest concentration of Muslims in the country and its police, and government agencies have on several occasions allowed themselves to be intimidated by the Muslim presence to the point where they are violating Americans basic constitutional rights in favor of sharia law. Fears of threats and violence should never be allowed to intimidate public officials in doing their duty to uphold people’s rights.

    Michigan’s Attorney General Bill Schuett up in Lansing should get involved in this case and others in Dearborn in the past 2 years. The other high profile case involved the arrest of Christians who where accused and arrested for proselytizing on a public street in Dearborn near a Muslims event,even though video showed them just passing out Christian literature.

    Let us hope that America does not see other cities behave this way as there Muslim populations increase.

  18. says

    America has not been a nation of laws for decades now. It all started with the Progressives early in the 20th century, when it suddenly became vogue for our ruling elites to forget Article 5’s right to amend and began legislating from the bench to account for modern exigencies not anticipated by the Framers. In that era it was un-American creeps like Teddy Roosevelt, Woodrow Wilson, and later cousin Franklin Roosevelt who turned the trick.

    Later, in a flourish of turnspeak, our law school professors declared the Constitution to be a “living document,” in effect rendering it dead, from thereon only to be used as a general reference.

    For example, when nobody in Congress had the stomach to legalize abortion, they invoked their living document to have it made legal by the actual law school grads in black robes.

    A more recent example is ObamaCare. When the Socialists couldn’t pass the bill, the threw Article I Section 7 under the train and “deemed” the bill to have been passed.

    Of all our news entertainment elite, only an observer born in England, Tony Blankley, noted the scam.

    The overarching goal of Prez Obama, a Kenyan and a born Moslem, is to finalize the longstanding process of America’s conversion to Globo-Socialism, the Moslem’s best friend.

    *** Bukhari Vol 7 Bk 71 Nbr 661 ***

    Magic was worked on Mohammed and he was bewitched so that he began to imagine doing things which in fact, he had not done.

    So watching the official demise of the First Amendment shouldn’t be a surprise. And I imagine few if any in here are surprised that it’s the Moslems who are executing the First Amendment’s execution.

    And only a few observers, all outside the news entertainment mainstream, are noting this latest scam.

  19. says

    Don’t throw in the towel just yet everyone. I don’t think we’ve seen the last of this case and unless the muslims kill Jones, he’s not going to stop pushing the envelope. We need other people in Michigan to take up this cause and maybe even carry signs regarding the Jewish protests by muslims that Mike Ryan mentioned above so that when the TV cameras get there the double standard will be visible even to the most ignorant of us. How and why islam continues to get a pass is beyond my understanding but so is the fact that we have a president, supporting by his socialist cohorts, bent on our destruction. If all the world events weren’t so dire it would be comical to sit and watch the coming of a conflict that will be worse than any the world has ever seen…all in the name of appeasement and multiculturalism. So sad, so sad.

  20. says

    Pastor Jones is being slandered by the media. He’s a PION (Pastor in name only), a publicity hound seeking his fifteen minutes of fame, a embarrassment to the One he claims to revere, likened to the Nazis who marched in Skokie and the funeral protestors of Westboro Baptist Church. The issue has become the violation of his 1st Amendment Rights, not that his view that the murderous, abhorrent behavior of Muslims is grounded in Islam has any merit. The MSM has dismissed that message out of hand as that of a crank.

    Jones is stifled and his energies and treasure are diverted to defend his person. If, in the future, Muslims in Dearbornistan do riot, Jones may have unwittingly removed an archaic law through his challenge in the courts that could have been applied to Islamic protesters. Gotta love the irony.

  21. says

    Pastor Jones is being slandered by the media. He’s a PION (Pastor in name only), a publicity hound seeking his fifteen minutes of fame, a embarrassment to the One he claims to revere, likened to the Nazis who marched in Skokie and the funeral protestors of Westboro Baptist Church. The issue has become the violation of his 1st Amendment Rights, not that his view that the murderous, abhorrent behavior of Muslims is grounded in Islam has any merit. The MSM has dismissed that message out of hand as that of a crank.

    Jones is stifled and his energies and treasure are diverted to defend his person. If, in the future, Muslims in Dearbornistan do riot, Jones may have unwittingly removed an archaic law through his challenge in the courts that could have been applied to Islamic protesters. Gotta love the irony.

  22. says

    Freedom of speech is a fundamental right in a democratic society. Mohammedans want to destroy all socities that are better than theirs. It’s pure envy.

  23. says

    I suspect that I might well have significant differences of opinion with Pastor Jones. On the obverse of the coin, he has had the courage convert into practice his most astute understanding that islam is inherently evil, whereas I have not yet been able to muster the courage join him on the front line. This man is a saint, who by his witness has now emboldened me to “go public” and stand with those who have the intestinal fortitude to publicly denounce the religion of peace.
    I urge all those on our side of the fence to overtly support Pastor Jones.

  24. says

    What is that crazy judge doing? All over in the Middle East just now, normal courageous ppl are fighting for freedom that the totally useless Islam fascism has denied them for 700 years..And what is this useful idiotdhimmi answer? Throwing away Americas hard earned freedom into the bin with a straight face.. this will evolve to be the worst moment in modern history of western politics, and US history.

    What kind of signal is that to the theocratic rulers in Iran and SA?
    I am not an US citizen, but I demand that judge to be hanged…As they did with corrupt and racist Southern judges in the Civil War.

  25. says

    What is that crazy judge doing? All over in the Middle East just now, normal courageous ppl are fighting for freedom that the totally useless Islam fascism has denied them for 700 years..And what is this useful idiotdhimmi answer? Throwing away Americas hard earned freedom into the bin with a straight face.. this will evolve to be the worst moment in modern history of western politics, and US history.

    What kind of signal is that to the theocratic rulers in Iran and SA?
    I am not an US citizen, but I demand that judge to be hanged…As they did with corrupt and racist Southern judges in the Civil War.

  26. says

    What is that crazy judge doing? All over in the Middle East just now, normal courageous ppl are fighting for freedom that the totally useless Islam fascism has denied them for 700 years..And what is this useful idiotdhimmi answer? Throwing away Americas hard earned freedom into the bin with a straight face.. this will evolve to be the worst moment in modern history of western politics, and US history.

    What kind of signal is that to the theocratic rulers in Iran and SA?
    I am not an US citizen, but I demand that judge to be hanged…As they did with corrupt and racist Southern judges in the Civil War.

  27. says

    Could we the US public be so gullible and clueless that we will sacrifice our freedom of speech and other civil rights in order to be politically correct and ‘understanding’ of Islam, as in Canada, France, UK (Londonistan) and others? If this happens it will truly be the end of western civilisation as we know it, and the undoing of the USA.

  28. says

    Hello mike ryan.
    Disgusting is right. Time to fight back by creating civic-resistance troops of anti-islamic Swarm Troopers who can be easily mobilized by cell phones and facebook. The need in the UK for these troops seems to be the greatest; muslims are always in swarms making it halal hell for individuals and peaceful groups.

  29. says

    Maybe all this Islam c**p going on is the Father’s way of reminding us in no uncertain terms that we should return to that trust above all. He is the lighthouse in these stormy waters and He who walked atop Lake Galillee. The selfsame.

  30. says

    “Are Muslims in America for the freedoms or the conquest?”

    Conquest.

    American teachers should be asking that question in a pop quiz today.