How can it be that the Westboro Baptist Church is guaranteed First Amendment rights to demonstrate their hateful attitudes some would call hate speech, outside private funerals while Pastor Terry Jones cannot demonstrate outside a Mosque in Dearborn, Michigan against what he calls
“the rise of Sharia law“?
Okay, I’ll take a stab at it. Political correctness and appeasement? Ya think? What the city of Dearborn and Wayne County are afraid of is the anticipated roudy behavior of Dearborn’s Muslim population. Can you blame them? No, but this still does not justify stripping Jones of his constitutional right to free speech.
What about the rallies held by the Congress of Arab American Organizations all the time at the Dearborn city hall supporting Hezbollah and its rocket attacks on Israel? Are they denied this assembly of free speech? The answer is No.
The bond Jones and Sapp refused to post, a seemingly symbolic $1 bond came with conditions prohibiting Jones from going to the mosque or adjacent property for three years. But the other thing I cannot understand is how they put a jury together so fast. I’m not sure Jones could get a fair trial in Dearborn with its huge Muslim population.
Interestingly enough even the ACLU sees this as an infringement of Jones’ constitutional rights too:
“It is unconstitutional for the government to put a price on free speech in anticipation of what others may do,” said Rana Elmir, a spokeswoman for the ACLU of Michigan.
Freaking unreal! Drip, drip, drip down the drain goes our freedom.