[UPDATED: Jones To Take Legal Action] Rev. Terry Jones Rally Blocked at UCI Amid Security Concerns, 'Free Speech' Area Shut Down

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​UPDATE, DEC. 2, 3:06 P.M.:  Rev. Terry Jones told us by phone that the arrest threat he received by UCI police on Thursday is "an absolute outrage and a violation of our First Amendment rights."

"We are definitely going to take legal action against the UC Irvine police department," he said. 

Jones, founder of Stand Up America Now, along with pastor Wayne Sapp, the group's assistant director, had come to the university to rally against what he describes as radical Islam activity, specifically, campus appearances by anti-Semitic imam Amir Abdel Malik Ali.    

"It is our understanding that on a regular basis, a radical imam comes onto the campus proclaiming, 'Death to America, death to Israel,'" Jones said. "We should let the Muslim community know that in one sense, they're very welcome in America. They are welcome to worship, to build mosques. What we are definitely against is Sharia (Islamic law). To be in this country, you must honor and obey and submit to the Constitution of the United States."

UC Irvine officials shut down parts of campus Thursday morning due to "credible information" about "suspicious activity" that raised safety concerns. According to Jones, some suspicious activity occurred at his hotel, Red Roof Inn in Santa Ana. On Wednesday, he said, hotel staff overheard two Muslims giving out his room number on the phone. Jones said he was moved to a different hotel, and the FBI is currently investigating the two individuals.

A representative from the Santa Ana Police Department could not immediately be reached.

Jones claims that he tried to obtain the proper permits to host a rally at UCI, but once campus officials discovered who he was, their response "turned from 'no problem' to 'no, you cannot be here.'" When he and Sapp arrived on campus on Thursday morning, they were each issued citations and warned that if they came on campus within the next seven days, they would be arrested.

"We definitely do have plans to come back and have our day," Jones said. 

The Florida preacher regularly visits Orange County to appear on The Truth TV, an Arabic language Christian network based in Santa Ana.     

UPDATE, DEC. 1, 1:35 P.M.: UCI Chancellor Michael Drake and UCIPD chief of police Paul Henisey sent this update to the university community on the "suspicious activity that raised safety concerns about the self-announced appearance of Terry Jones." 
 
Earlier today, we received credible information about suspicious activity that raised safety concerns about the self-announced appearance of Terry Jones, the Florida pastor who made news earlier this year by burning the Quran.  Based on this information, we secured the area where he announced he would appear, and canceled surrounding events.  This was a precautionary measure to protect the safety of our students and our community.

The suspicious activity involved outside individuals not associated with the university.

Our police have been working closely with campus administration and with local and federal law enforcement officials to monitor the situation.  Updates will be provided when available.

Michael V. Drake, M.D.
Chancellor

Paul Henisey
Chief of Police

Tom Vasich, a university spokesman, said that Jones was in contact with UCI officials this morning, and was told he would be arrested if he returns in order to "protect the safety of UCI students and the campus community."

ORIGINAL POST, DEC. 1 11:36 A.M. An email and text alert was sent out this morning to everyone on the UC Irvine campus:   

"ZotAlert: Anteater Plaza, Ring Rd, flagpoles, and Pereira are closed immediately to pedestrian and vehicular traffic until further notice for security reasons."

We thought it had something to do with the crazy study party happening today, but it turns out, Rev. Terry Jones was set to host a rally near the flagpoles, the school's so-called "free speech zone," from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. 

NBC Los Angeles
 reports that a protest was planned against the controversial Florida pastor and presidential candidate, who wrote the book, Islam is of the Devil, and drew nationwide criticism in 2010 for threatening to burn burning a copy of the Quran

"There are death threats that the campus has received," Jones told NBC LA. 

According to the news outlet, Jones was told by university police that if he comes back to the campus today for the rally, he will be immediately arrested. 

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23 comments
zingnoo
zingnoo

lol, yeah OK thats pretty funny when you think about it.

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ageofknowledge
ageofknowledge

Actually I think he would make a good Muslim. Warlike, joyless, and mean. He's just like them. He certainly isn't anything like Jesus.

TheKrafty1
TheKrafty1

I would like to point out that only Students and faculty and other staff are the only people who are allowed on any College Campus and people just can't walk on campus and have access to the school at the free speech area that is for Students and not for people like this hateful, bigot, racist, and Anti American.He protest funerals of fallen heroes to get his Antigay message out there and no one wants to hear him or his hate filled rants especially on one of our College Campuses.I hope he shows up and gets arrested for trespassing and anything else they can throw at him and charge him with.

20ftJesus
20ftJesus

UCI allows Islamic terrorists to speak publicly on campus, but denies the same right to the one Christian that speaks the perfect truth of the Bible.

PatrickR
PatrickR

Not sure who would want to hear what Jones has to say, but if he was invited to the campus by a legitimate student group, he should have been allowed to speak.  It is ok for radical Muslim speakers to show up and sow their hate, but not a guy who isn't politically correct.  UCI should have posted Officers as they always do, maintained the peace and given Jones his 15 minutes on the soap box.  They have now set a precedent for anyone wanting to stop an appearance by anyone on campus. 

Jeff Klives
Jeff Klives

I disagree with Pastor Jones too.   I think he is a nutjob who loves attention.   I am in support of a strong separation of church and state.   I think the Obama birther thing is dumb.   I think Jones is a clown.  

But I do agree with him on one thing.  He should be able to drive through the campus and not be arrested.   Give the guy some rope and he will hang himself with his own words.

I looked around to get more info on this incident and came across this clip of Jones saying his take on the incident.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...

NoLoverofJones
NoLoverofJones

I think Jones is a giant douche but support his right to speak in the free speech zone of the campus.

I hope they catch the people/person who made the death threat.  

watt
watt

This didn't seem so much as a free speech issue as it was issues with apparent death threats. Just as how people aren't allowed to yell "Fire!" in a crowded theater, the same should apply to Jones' speech. If it is extremely likely to incite something dangerous and potential injury to innocents, it should be restricted. Plus a dangerous threat to one of the most crowded areas of campus should be taken seriously.

Santa-Anteater
Santa-Anteater

Disappointed in UCI's lack of faith in its students' potential to respond critically and thoughtfully to this person.

mommytoalittleman
mommytoalittleman

We don't have to agree with it or like it but he has a constitutional right to free speech. Let's keep it that way!!

20ftJesus
20ftJesus

Rev. Jones says publicly what all Xians believe, "Everyone is going hell except for us.  Ha ha!"

909Jeff
909Jeff

So a bunch of Muslims interupt a speech by a foreign dignitary and the weekly is up in arms WRONGLY citing free speech.  

I don't advocate what this douchebag represents... But free speech goes both ways!  Good job on the blatant double standard. 

Dave Lieberman
Dave Lieberman

Also, Terry, Movember ended yesterday. Time to shave.

909Jeff
909Jeff

Wrong Dumbass Christian... This is the dude from Florida who burns Korans.  Youre thinking of Fred Phelps from the westboro baptist church. 

And UCI is a public University funded with Taxpayer dollars... This tool has a right to be there. 

 

WalterIII
WalterIII

This is an interesting culmination of events. University Police have a duty to protect lives and university property, and if to protect they see it fit to keep the disturbance from campus, then so be it. While Rev Jones has a right to HIS free speech, University officials must protect. The First Amendment right is NOT an absolute right. Same with freedom of assembly--NOT absolute! To threaten arrest to Rev Jones seems rather outlandish. I wonder if any would consider Jones' burning the Quran as preventing free speech of Islamic peoples? It is still a form of preventing expression...

I still say the Irvine Eleven students got a shitty deal. 

Michelle Woo
Michelle Woo

Who's up in arms? "Free speech zone" is simply the university's name for the flagpole area.

20ftJesus
20ftJesus

Remember, the OCW is all about being hip, cool, liberal, progressive, and promoting the hijab. 

909Jeff'sbro
909Jeff'sbro

Michelle dont mind my bro.. He hasnt dated it and years and is all backed up.

909Jeff
909Jeff

I'm just saying that when the Irvine 11 was arrested there was story after story lambasting the university for its unfair treatment and blasting the DA for violating their right to free speech.

This is as equal a story but since we dont "Like" what he stands for its presented as an afterthought. 

He will be arrested for even showing up to campus?  Where is the great free speech advocate Erwin Chemerinsky now? 

ageofknowledge
ageofknowledge

Aren't atheists all the same? You know... like the state atheists in the 20th century that murdered 100 million people, ruined the lives of countless more, destroyed historical artifacts, literature, and architecture simply because it was deemed "religious" and therefore unprofitable while tearing away babies from their mother's breasts because their parents were deemed "religious" and putting them in sterile state run orphanges to be persecuted for having religious parents who were themselves sent to be worked to death in gulags for the good of the state are committed to mental hospitals and used as guinea pigs (after all anyone who believes in God must be insane right?).

Yes, I think atheists are all the same.

909Jeff
909Jeff

well... Some are more douchey than others. I dont agree with Terry Jones. But I HATE Fred Phelps.  As in I would be willing to take the assault charge for one shot at kicking his ass! (Call it a veteran thing)

909Jeff
909Jeff

HA!

I thought ma didnt let yo on tha computer anymore?  Said you kept looking at horse penises.

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