Pastor Terry Jones. who caused controversy when he burned a Quran, brought a gun to Edsel Ford High School in Dearborn, Michigan to protest against “Muslim gangs.”
Pastor Jones was met at the school, on Wednesday, by Dearborn police, Wayne County sheriff’s deputies and Michigan State Police Troopers.
Jones brought a .45-caliber semi-automatic handgun with him but took it back to his car before his protest, at the request of police, reports the Detroit News.
Jones told the Detroit News: “We cannot have a ban on free speech. I believe in dialogue, but I also believe in my way, which is in your face.”
About 20 counter-protesters showed up and were separated from Jones and his dozen supporters by police. A few passing motorists yelled profanities at Jones.
Jones wanted to meet with Edsel Ford High School's principal about what he says is a problem with Muslim gangs beating up non-Muslim students, but was denied a meeting.
Dearborn Schools spokesman David Mustonen said Jones' claims of bullying by Muslim students were not true.