October 11th, 2012
Today Dr Terry Jones and Wayne Sapp were held at the Canadian border for four hours, searched, questioned repeatedly about the movie “Innocence of Muslims,” and then were denied entry to attend a pro freedom speaking event in Toronto.
Reaction from Dr Terry Jones:
“We are shocked by the fact that we were not allowed in to Canada. Freedom of speech, freedom of religion and freedom of the press are the very foundation of our free society. If we lose freedom of speech we will sooner or later lose our freedom as a nation and freedom as individuals.
As George Washington said, “If the freedom of speech is taken away then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter.”
So we consider this to be a grievous blow to freedom of speech. We hope that this is a lesson for the Canadians and the Americans for us to stand up, unite together, and protect our freedom of speech. It is the very cornerstone of a Western free society.”
At the Canadian border, at Windsor, the Pastors’ rental car was thoroughly searched, the men were searched, they were questioned repeatedly, together and individually, their cell phones and computers were taken and all the files searched. Two simple hand writen protest signs were confiscated from the car.
At the Canadian border, at Windsor, the Pastors’ rental car was thoroughly searched, the men were searched, they were questioned repeatedly, together and individually, their cell phones and computers were taken and all the files searched. Two simple hand written protest signs were confiscated from the car. One read “KORAN BURNING SITE” the other stated “ISLAM IS THE NEW NAZISM.” They were asked several times if they were bringing a copy of the movie Innocence of Muslims into Canada. They were carrying nothing illegal and both have no criminal record.
In the end they were denied entry based on two legal battles the border police had researched in wikipedia and google, one from 20 years ago in Germany, and one more recent situation in Dearborn, Michigan. In 1993, Dr Terry Jones was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Divinity from a university in California for his missionary work in Germany. He began to use the Dr title and the German government fined him for its use. He paid the fine at that time and appealed to the German government for the right to use the title. He won that appeal. Now the Canadian government is requiring documentation of the whole case to be brought to a Canadian Consulate here in America in order for them to consider allowing Dr Jones to come to Canada.
The other case cited against both men was their arrest and imprisonment in Dearborn, Michigan in April, 2011 for refusing to pay a Peace Bond that was designed to prevent them from holding a peaceful protest at the Islamic Center of America. That case was also overturned in a higher court on appeal. Still, this was cited as a past criminal offense.
Clearly the Canadian government had no valid reason to bar them from Canada, and the decision was purely political.
Contact: 352-371-2487 or 352-871-2680 (Stephanie Sapp) or firstname.lastname@example.org
Published on Oct 12, 2012 by GlobalToronto
Thu, Oct 11: Florida Pastor Terry Jones has been denied entry into Canada on Thursday, hours before a scheduled debate on free speech in Toronto. Rob Malcolm reports. For more info, please go to http://www.globaltoronto.com.