One of Terry Jones’ Jurors Confirms It: Muslim Violence Was the Issue
posted at 7:10 pm on April 23, 2011 by John Sexton
Allahpundit had a nice roundup yesterday of the pre-crime trial of pastor Terry Jones. Today I came across this impromptu interview with one of the jurors in the trial. His name is Daniel Smith and he’s identified as a juror in this clip by a local Fox affiliate. As you’ll hear, free speech in this case definitely took a back seat to concerns over violence, specifically violent reactions from Muslims:
Q: Was the weighing of the free speech question heavily…?
Juror: It was an issue that we talked about but again we were…we were there to really discuss whether it could, uh, provoke a, uh…
Juror: Violence in the community.
So free speech was an issue but violence was the important issue. This is absolutely wrong and not how free speech is meant to work in America. Allah calls it the “codification of the heckler’s veto” and that’s exactly what it is. We’ve now located that Mosque Exclusion Zone people were talking about last year. Turns out it’s real in Dearborn, MI where free speech has been excluded from the area around America’s largest mosque for the next three years.