Government gets it wrong, Muslim leader gets it right. Pastor Terry Jones of Quran-burning fame plans to come to Dearborn, Michigan–a city with a very large Arabic population–and protest at the Islamic Center of America. Country prosecutors have asked the courts to enjoin him from doing so, on the grounds that the protest could result in violence–“complete with the discharge of firearms”–that would put Jones’ life in danger. To clarify, the Wayne County Prosecutor’s office is asking the court to violate Jones’ First Amendment rights and affirm the heckler’s veto.
Meanwhile, a group of Christian and Muslim religious leaders joined together to ask Jones not to come, a perfectly legitimate approach. And Dawud Walid of the Council on American-Islamic relations condemned the prosecutor’s request, correctly pointing out that;
their approach innocently plays into Jones’ objectives, which is to paint Dearborn as a pro-sharia city that’s oppressing Christians,
What are the odds the right-wingers who keep demanding that moderate Muslims step up will notice this moderate Muslim defending Jone’s right to protest at a mosque? Yeah, I can’t put that many zeros to the right of the decimal point on my calculator, either.