The Thomas More Law Center (TMLC) in April of 2012 filed a federal lawsuit against the City of Dearborn, Michigan, on behalf of Pastor Terry Jones, associate pastor Wayne Sapp, and their organization “Stand Up America Now” after the city demanded they sign a “Hold Harmless” agreement as a requirement for their special events.
On Monday, The Thomas More Law Center (TMLC) announced through a release to interested media that they won the case against the City of Dearborn.
TMLC said that Federal District Court Judge Denise Page Hood of the Eastern District Court of Michigan, late Friday entered a summary judgment in favor of Pastor Terry Jones and his organization, “Stand up America Now”, against the City of Dearborn.
Judge Hood ruled that Dearborn’s ordinance requiring Pastor Jones’s organization to sign a sweeping indemnification agreement as a condition for permission to speak on public property in front of a Dearborn mosque violated Jones’s First Amendment rights of Freedom of Speech and Freedom of Expressive Association.Pastor Jones has been a controversial figure since he has begun burning the Islamic Qur'an books every year since the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
Democracy Broadcasting covered Pastor Terry Jones, and Associate Pastor Wayne Sapp's appearance at Dearborn City Hall and attempted walk to the Arab-American Festival in June of 2011 in the article: Dearborn counter-Sharia rally by Pastor Terry Jones, Rabbi Shifren exposes Muslim bigotry, police complicity
Jones plans to hold a Quran burning event this year on Sept. 11, 2013, which marks the 12th anniversary of the Islamic terrorist attacks in New York, in which over 3,000 people were killed, including those when a hijacked plane crashed in Pennsylvania and into the Pentagon.