Too Toxic? Canadians Deny Pastor Terry Jones Entry From Detroit
Well, Canadians figured out a way to shut down Muslim-hating pastor Terry Jones.
The Canadian government prevented Jones on Thursday from entering Canada through the Detroit-Windsor bridge just one day after the Quran-burning religious leader protested outside a Dearborn High School against claims that Muslim students were bullying non-Muslim students, the Windsor Star reports.
Jones was scheduled to attend a attend a free speech rally in Toronto on Thursday. Instead, he was detained on the Canadian side of the border for five hours while authorities interrogated and conducted searches, the Star reported. Then he was refused entry to the country.
The Canadian Press new agency reported that Jones' organization was upset and said Jones was refused admittance to Canada because authorities could not determine whether he had a criminal record.
The Windsor Star reported that a member of his church claimed it may have been because of a charge against Jones in Germany dating back to the 1990s in which Jones' doctoral title violated German law at the time.
The Canada Border Services Agency declined comment.
"Admissibility of all travellers seeking to enter Canada is considered on a case-by-case basis based on the specific facts presented by the applicant at the time of entry," the agency said in a statement, according to the Canadian Press.
The news service noted that some remarks on Twitter were supportive of Canada's action.
"Yeah, Canada for standing up to hate & racism," read one Twitter post.
"I would've loved to check out the debate! But I'm glad Terry Jones isn't being let in," wrote another.
But the news service reported that Amin Elshorbagy, president of the Canadian Islamic Congress, said: "Personally I'm not really in favor of blocking or banning anybody."