Friday, 6 September 2013

Stand Up, Stand Up For Jesus ... Ye Federal Judges

DETROIT: Federal judge rules in favor of Terry Jones, says two Dearborn ordinances are unconstitutional

DETROIT — U.S. District Judge Denise Page Hood ruled Friday that the city of Dearborn violated controversial pastor Terry Jones’ First Amendment rights by forcing him and his group, Stand Up America Now, to sign an indemnification agreement before Jones and co-founder Wayne Sapp planned to speak April 7, 2012.

Jones and Sapp have spoken in Dearborn against Islam several times, most recently Oct. 10, 2012, outside Edsel Ford High School to protest what they said is bullying by Muslim students of non-Muslim students. Their request to meet with school officials was denied.

Hood ruled that the ordinance requiring the signed indemnification agreement was a violation of the group’s First Amendment rights of freedom of speech and expressive association, and the ordinance requiring the police chief to grant a special permit only after the indemnification agreement is signed also violates the group’s First Amendment rights.

Jones, Sapp and Stand Up America Now of Gainesville, Fla., were the plaintiffs; the city and Police Chief Ronald Haddad were the defendants.

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