WASHINGTON, June 9, 2011 - As a sleeping America ignores a silent Muslim invasion, a knight is rallying forces to save the country from the spread of sharia.
We still see tremendous violence coming from the Muslim world, despite President Obama’s assurances that the death of Osama bin Laden would cripple al Qaeda and slow the violence.
It has not.
The news is filled with terror coming from Muslim countries, but here in America, headlines like “The Islamophobia Machine ...” fill the popular media in an abhorrent attempt to accustom Americans to the idea that Islam is the victim, and we are the aggressors against innocent Islam.
Pastor Dr. Terry Jones has become a voice rising loud above the crowd, which has been deaf to all but the media message.
He and his wife spent 30 years working for his church in Cologne, Germany. During that time they witnessed the slow but sure blossoming of Islam and the increasing numbers of Muslims in their midst, to the point that they were forced to close shop. Who were their most adamant adversaries? Their own co-religionists, who could not or would not see and understand the danger ahead.
The Joneses moved back to their native America, where Dr. Jones, now based in Florida, is becoming one of the most vocal activists for what he calls the defense of American values.
In preparing this article, I came across the concept of Free Speech Zone. I had been under the impression that everywhere in America, freedom of speech is protected by the First Amendment to the Constitution.
Those zones are specific areas that regulate the time, place, manner, but not content of speech in public spaces.
Critics argue that the use of Free Speech Zones allows authorities to put pressure on activists, keeping them away from the mass media and the public.
Free Speech Zones in Dearborn, Michigan, are the result of a 1989 ordinance requiring 30 days advance request for demonstrations. Dearborn has a population of 98,000 which includes 30,000 Muslims, the largest concentration of Muslims in any American city.
Dearborn denied a permit to Dr. Jones to protest sharia and jihad last April on public property in front of the Dearborn mosque. Dr. Jones and his associate, Pastor Wayne Sapp, ended up in jail but were subsequently freed after posting a $1 “peace bond.” They were ordered to stay away from the mosque and adjacent property for three years.
I contacted their legal representatives, the Thomas Moore Law Center. Their senior trial counsel, Robert Muise, told me, “We are challenging the whole peace bond proceedings against Dr. Jones and Mr. Sapp because those proceedings themselves directly violated their constitutional rights."
Dearborn Mayor John “Jack” O’Reilly Jr., in an open letter to Dr. Jones, ridiculed his contention that sharia law had any influence in Dearborn, and urged the preacher to stage his protest in one of the city’s "free speech zones.”
“Our commitment to the Constitution is unwavering, not merely convenient, which makes your hyperbole about Sharia Law being practiced in the courts or civil law of Dearborn nonsensical," wrote O'Reilly.
"So, you are coming to protest against an imaginary threat that doesn't exist in our community. Not in our courts, not at our City Hall, not on our streets and not in any of our places of worship."
The mayor’s argument is easily derailed.
If what O'Reilly says is true, if Dearborn is just like any American city, then this is a non-issue. Why, then, the need for Dr. Jones to address his rally from a Free Speech Zone?
I asked Dr. Jones about the March 20 Koran burning. He explained that it had not been a random act of rage or protest. Rather, he and associates conducted a trial of the Koran.
It was found guilty and sentenced to be burned. Asked whether he had any intentions to continue burning Korans, Dr. Jones categorically responded, “No.”
What are Dr. Jones’s goals?
In order to save America from Muslim takeover, Dr. Jones wants the American government to implement a five-point plan. It will allow the country to escape the darkness, obscurantism and negative energy that, he says, are being implanted in America.
The elements of Jones's "Five-fold Plan to Save America and Create A Better World" are:
1. Demand freedom of speech, civil and human rights from all Muslim countries, or require their immediate removal from the U.N.
2. The immediate end of Muslim immigration and the removal of all illegal aliens from the United States.
3. Monitor mosques to ensure that they are places of worship, not of Islamic propaganda.
4. Positions of authority and decision making in US embassies in Islamic countries must be held by non-Muslims.
5. A ban on sharia everywhere in the United States.
At 1PM on June 17th, Dr. Jones will be the main speaker at the "SAVE AMERICA RALLY" at the Dearborn city hall, hosted by his organization.
He hopes that freedom-loving Americans will join him to defend their First Amendment rights.
Rally participants will march to Dearborn's Arab Festival, where they will gather to speak at their Free Speech Zone. Dearborn's Muslim community has called for a counter-protest, and thousands are expected to oppose the Jones rally. Rally organizers have requested that the National Guard be called out to preserve their First Amendment right to peaceably assemble.
Dr. Jones has first-hand knowledge and vast experience with the spread of sharia. He gets it. He’s standing up to defend America and American values on American territory.
The question is: Will America stand with him?
Goodwill Ambassador Eliana Benador is US Representative of the Shomron Liaison Office, Samaria, Israel; former President of Benador Associates, and a national and international political analyst and global strategist.