Published October 11, 2012 | 11:46 am
The Canada Border Services Agency has barred controversial US Pastor Terry Jones from entering Canada, CBC news has reported.Earlier reports indicated that CBSA was holding Qur’an-burning Florida pastor Terry Jones at the the Ambassador Bridge in Windsor, Ontario., after he tried to enter the country.
US Qur’an-burning pastor Terry Jones to speak in Toronto
Toronto: A controversial U.S. preacher Terry Jones whose threat to burn the Koran sparked worldwide protests is heading for Toronto today to give a speech against alleged ‘muslim bullying’.
Terry Jones, of Florida’s tiny Dove World Outreach Centre says he looks forward to speaking at a Toronto event Thursday about freedom of speech at the event, Freedom Showdown, on the front lawn of the Ontario Legislature.
Jones became infamous in 2010, when he planned the “International Burn A Koran Day” to mark the ninth anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
“Our very freedom, the foundation of Western society is based upon the freedom of speech, the freedom of religion and the freedom of press. No matter what, we must protect those things that make us who we are,” Jones told Toronto Star.
It may be mentioned Jones is banned from Britain and Germany as they fear his speech spoils the peaceful atmosphere of any country but it is still not clear whether he would be allowed to pass from Detroit border to Canada by CBSA officials or not.Jones say he has no word from Canadian authorities so far about his planned speech.
Last month, thousands of Muslims gathered in front of the United States Consulate in Toronto. They held a peaceful demonstration against the “Innocence of Muslims” film .
Terry Jones, also claims he has received more than 400 death threats and has a $6.4 million bounty on him. Jones will be the featured speaker and will debate Toronto Imam Steve Rockwell.He also claims that there is a ‘Muslim problem’ in Toronto that needs to be addressed.
Jones also denies any hand in inciting violence though at least 50 were killed in the Koran-burning reaction.
The event, organized by For Love of Charter and Canadians United Against Terror, is scheduled for 6:30 p.m.
Meanwhile security agencies are on their toes to keep the atmosphere peaceful prior to and after Jones speech.