This story was reported in collaboration with Jessica Carreras from Dearborn’s Patch.com.
Last month, the pastor of a tiny church in Florida dressed up in a judge’s robes and held a mock trial in which he pronounced a death sentence upon the Quran, an order he then carried out using kerosene and a barbecue lighter. News of his deed spread to Afghanistan, where thousands rioted during two days of protests that left 21 people dead, including 7 U.N. workers.
This week, Terry Jones, 59, went back to court — a real court this time, in Michigan’s 19th District. He’d come to Dearborn, a city with a large Muslim population, to demonstrate what he described as “the rise of Sharia law.” The plan: Stage a rally outside the Islamic Center of America, the largest mosque in the United States.