Thursday, April 21, 2011

Pastor Jones resisting Dearborn shakedown

Terry Jones, Qur'an-burning pastor from Texas, is planning a small demonstration on Friday close to Dearborn, Michigan, at a local Islamic centre, (billed as the largest mosque in North America.) The police and mayor have told Jones to pay protection money if he and his companions want to save themselves from a possible riot and physical violence agianst them. Jones claims the city is demanding $100,000.00, a bond, according to the press, or protection money, as it's called in the neighbourhood where I live. Jones is refusing the shake-down, and now heads to court to have a jury settle the issue of whether Jones et al will be arrested for exercising their rights to free speech in America.

Is Jones causing a likely riot, as the police and mayor of Dearborn argue? Is his demonstration an act of provocation that will lead to violence that he should be held responsible for, and in fact must pay good money to save himself from? Maybe anyone who threatens violence from now on is given free rein to stop anything they dislike the sound of. Why not? Threaten to have a riot if Catholics go to church. Threaten violence in the pots-smokers have another party across the street. Threaten violence against your mother-in-law, and the police will demand she pay for protect-- wait. I didn't mean mother-in-law. You know what I mean.

Where does the extortion and intimidation end? Mulberry and Broome, right? At Umberto's Clam House. Last time I was there, a clot of shark-skin suited toughs hung around the doorway while the place filled up with mafiosi. That's where the extortion and intimidation ends. It's gangster land. It's no better if Muslims do it.

Oralandar Brand-Williams, "Friday trial will decide if pastor can protest at Dearborn mosque," The Detroit News. 21 April 2011

Dearborn— A seven-person jury on Friday will decide whether a Quran-burning pastor can legally carry out plans that day to protest at the Islamic Center of America mosque.

Florida Pastor Terry Jones expressed frustration over the prospect this afternoon, telling 19th District Judge Mark Somers that "it will be a problem" if the trial stretches on so long that he can't carry out the 5 p.m. demonstration against radical Islam.

Somers impaneled the jury of four woman and three men from a pool of 30 this afternoon after ruling that Jones' protest could endanger the public and would have to pay an unspecified peace bond to demonstrate on a small median outside the Ford Road mosque.

Jones refused to pay the bond and opted for the trial, which initially was believed to occur this afternoon.

The ruling puts into question Jones' demonstration, which has sparked arguments about the line between free speech and public safety. Prosecutors have sought the unspecified bond — Jones said it was up to $100,000 — for extra police in fear of a riot.

The hearing comes a day after Dearborn city officials denied Jones a permit to protest on public land near the mosque citing public safety concerns. They say he could face arrest if he carries through the protest. Before the hearing, Jones — who wore a leather jacket and jeans — said he planned to proceed with the demonstration despite the permitting issues or peace bond.

"This will not stop us," Jones said before the hearing that began at 3 p.m.


If the police figure it's too much trouble to prevent thugs from terrorising the citizens of this nation, then it will be time for the citizens of the nation to defend themselves, which iw what Jones seems to be planning. He's going to pack a gun. Good on him.

Thanks to Jihad Watch and Stand Up For America for the tips here.


CGW said...

The late great Jeff Cooper, father of the Modern Technique of the Pistol, laid out the proper response to this prospect in his "Principles of Personal Defense". Emphases original:
"We often hear it said – especially by certain police spokesmen who, it seems to me, should know better – that in the event of victimization the victim should offer no resistance, for fear of arousing his assailant. Perhaps we should ignore the craven exhortation to cowardice made here. ‘Honor’ may in truth be an obsolete word. So let us consider only results. The Sharon Tate party did not resist. The Starkweather victims did not resist. The LaBiancas did not resist. Mitrione did not resist. The next time some ‘expert’ tells me not to resist I may become abusive.
"Apart from the odds that you will be killed anyway if you submit to threats of violence, it would seem – especially in today’s world of permissive atrocity – that it may be your social duty to resist. ... If violent crime is to be curbed, it is only the intended victim who can do it. The felon does not fear the police, and he fears neither judge nor jury. Therefore what he must be taught to fear is his victim. ...
"George Patton told his officers, 'Don’t worry about your flanks. Let the enemy worry about his flanks.' It is high time for society to stop worrying about the criminal, and to let the criminal start worrying about society. And by society I mean you."
Procure proper weaponry. Get trained in its use. Carry it always. And do not imagine, as the cowering cops in Mumbai did, that the AK-47 rifle is a magic death ray. A terrorist who is blasting away with one is perfectly vulnerable to a man with courage and determination and a modicum of skill. BE THAT MAN.

Dag said...

The first step is attitude. If people think of crying for help, then the battle is pretty much lost.

Jones is out there, on the green, taking his chances for the right thing. I like it. I don't see him asking for help from the police, not asking them to save him from Muslim fury; he is simply standing up and demonstrating his outrage against Islam's evils in our land. I like it. I don't care much beyond that what he's about. If he had a Ph.d. from Harvard I wouldn't respect him more or less. It's his determination to stand up for America, alone if needs be, that I admire.