'We'll do it today at 5 or we'll come back next week'
Earlier, after an intense debate in court this morning over free speech and religion, Pastor Terry Jones said that he's not backing down from his plans to protest at the Islamic Center of America in Dearborn.
Dearborn Police Chief Ronald Haddad testified today that there have been at least four serious threats made against Jones from metro Detroiters, arguing that his protest could lead to violence if allowed.
But Jones told the Free Press during his lunch break: "We'll do it today at 5 or we'll come back next week."
Speaking at a McDonald's restaurant down the street from the courthouse, Jones -- who's defending himself -- said he thought the proceedings are going well. And he said the government's case was weak.
As he spoke, someone drove down Michigan Avenue yelling "Get out of Dearborn, you terrorist!"
Jones is facing a jury trial today on whether he should be allowed to protest outside the Islamic Center of America in Dearborn.[....]
In his opening statement, Jones repeated negative comments about Islam that he made last month when he oversaw the burning of the Quran in Florida. He said in court today that the Quran "promotes terrorist activities around the world."
He also strongly defended the U.S. Constitution.
"The one thing that makes the Constitution great is the First Amendment," Jones said to the jury.
Except for the Bible, the Constitution is the greatest document in history, Jones said."The 1st Amendment does us no good if it confines us to saying what is popular," he added.