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April 20, 2011

Terry Jones—ugh—gets more attention

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Can we please stop talking about Terry Jones?

Today we have Reuters reporting that a Detroit prosecutor has filed a motion to enjoin Jones from holding a big—well, big by Jones’ standards might be 10 people—rally outside a Michigan mosque on Friday.

Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy said the threat of violence was too great to allow Terry Jones to hold the planned gathering on Friday near the Islamic Center of America—the largest U.S. mosque—in the heavily Muslim Detroit suburb of Dearborn.

A hearing on Worthy’s bid to block Jones and his supporters from holding the rally at the mosque will be held on Thursday in a Dearborn court. The petition is dated April 15.

Jones, in a telephone interview with Reuters, said he will proceed with the Friday demonstration in front of the mosque regardless of what the court decides on Thursday.

“That’s absolutely ridiculous to us,” Jones said of the so-called “free speech zones” away from the mosque that city officials want him to use. “For one thing, I think that’s totally unconstitutional.”

The reporter of course blames Jones for “caus(ing) riots in Afghanistan after he burned a Koran,” which is only partially true. Jones, being a kook, did burn the Koran, against all better judgment, after holding a mock trial (kangaroo court?). But he did not cause deadly riots. I’m pretty sure the folks in Afghanistan did; Jones just incited them.

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