Ontario: Canada has denied permission to an American anti-Islam pastor, Terry Jones, to enter into to its territory as the Canadian officials were skeptical about his objectionable legal tussles in the past.
Terry Jones happens to be an infamous Christian pastor who is Florida-based and has hurt sentiments of the Muslims on a number of occasions with his Islam-hatred views and blasphemy of The Holy Quran.
Terry Jones was supposed to attend a multi-faith debate on the recent pathetic anti-Islam film outside Ontario’s legislature Thursday evening but the border officials in Canada disallowed him to enter in Canada.
According to Jones and Wayne Sapp, Associate Director of Stand Up America Now, said that they were stopped at the Michigan-Ontario border and searched before being turned away.
Sapp said that at issue, which is a breach of peace charge against him, was overturned. And a fine Jones had to pay in Germany for using the title “Doctor” from an unrecognized institution, a complaint Sapp said was successfully appealed.
Sapp said, “Because we don’t have documentation of this, they refused us entry into the country.” They planned to return to Florida and consider their legal options.
Jones informed the media saying, “The reasons that they had definitely do not hold water.”
Terry Jones is abhorred in the Muslim world due to his disgusting anti-Islam actions in which he burned The Holy Quran last year and sparked violent protests in Afghanistan killing dozens of people. Moreover, he also supported and promoted the recent anti-Islam film on youtube which also paved the way of violent protests across Muslim countries in which many people have lost their lives. However, Jones says that he bears no responsibility for that violence.
“It’s just part of the price you pay for freedom of speech,” he said in an interview Wednesday from Michigan.
“Freedom of speech is sometimes going to be controversial, it’s going to be insulting sometimes,” he added.
The debate was to go forward Thursday evening with a substitute in Jones’s place. Allan Einstoss, one of the debate’s organizers, said that the event is meant to be a statement about the importance of freedom of speech.
He said, “The highest form of free speech is when you’ve got dissenting views. Democracy can be a messy thing.”
Imam Steve Rockwell of Toronto’s Sheikh Deedat mosque, who was to debate Jones Thursday, argues that the pastor goes too far.
“Are we, under free speech, allowed to shout ‘fire’ in a movie theatre?” he asked.
He said, “It’s illegal to deny the Holocaust. It should be illegal to make statements so offensive it incites a violent reaction. When you know what will be the consequences, when you deliberately provoke, there should be a law against that. Because you are posing a danger to the public.”
Rockwell had planned to press the visiting pastor on just how much he knows about The Holy Quran.
“I want to hear from him what he found in the Quran that was so reprehensible, so vile, that he had to burn it,” he said.
The Canadian government said it does not comment on individual cases and that border officials determine the entry of any individual on a case by case basis.
“Every person seeking entry to Canada must demonstrate that they meet the requirements to enter the country,” said Julie Carmichael, Spokeswoman for Public Safety Minister Vic Toews.