Pastor Terry Jones Barred Entry. So Much for Freedom of Speech in Canada…

Florida Pastor Terry Jones is best known for his outspoken opposition to islam.  He made international headlines when he burned a Koran two years ago on the anniversary of 9/11.   He also created and promoted “International Burn a Koran Day” as a way of protesting against radical islam.

Terry Jones was scheduled to debate Toronto imam on the film Innocence of Muslims outside Ontario’s legislature Thursday evening, but instead spent over 4 hours being searched and interrogated by Canadian Border Services Agency (CBSA) agents before being denied entry into the country.

Eventually both Terry Jones and his assistant, Wayne Sapp, were handed letters from CBSA explaining they would not be allowed into Canada.

Dr. Jones’ letter said they were denying him entry to Canada because years ago in Germany, when he lived there, he was fined by the German government for using the title doctor,” said Fran Ingram of Stand Up America Now, the U.S. organization that promotes Mr. Jones.

The CBSA letter also demanded that Mr. Jones provide a criminal records check before attempting to  enter into Canada again.

While the CBSA is arguing they had valid reasons for keeping Pastor Jones out of Canada it just doesn’t pass the smell test.

CBSA cited a note from German officials who were upset that Jones used the designation “Dr.” from an institution they refused to recognize and a claim that they didn’t have enough information about an alleged breach of peace bond against Mr. Sapp as the reasons why they were not allowing the two into Canada.

Yeah, okay.  That’s sketchy at best, and disingenuous to say the very least.

For reasons unknown, the Canadian government was not interested in allowing a Christian Pastor to debate a muslim imam in Ontario.

Odd, since they were perfectly willing to allow radical muslim Dr. Bilal Philps to speak at an islamic conference in Calgary earlier this year. Philips has been kicked out of two countries (Germany & Kenya) and banned from two others (Britain & Australia) for his outspoken views on homosexuality, among other things.

But since Philips was born in Canada it’s completely okay for him to speak, right?  But an American Christian pastor? Forget about it.

I guess that means that Ann Barnhardt is also unwelcome in Canada since she is

1) a Christian, and
2) burned a Koran and posted the video on YouTube.

It would seem that Freedom of Speech is based, not on our Charter of Rights and Freedoms, but on which religion you happen to preach.

Islam 1, Christianity 0.

How very open-minded of the Canadian government…

6 thoughts on “Pastor Terry Jones Barred Entry. So Much for Freedom of Speech in Canada…

  1. To be fair, he showed up at the border with pre-written protest signs in the back of his car.

    If you are going to red-flag a bull at a border crossing then expect to be gored.

    That aside, he has done nothing wrong and his pursuit of his constitutional right have set him up in the eyes of the Obama regime as an undesirable troublemaker….

    How quaint…..

    Regards, Don Laird
    Edson, Alberta, Canada

    1. Don, “To be fair”???

      The signs are expressions of Free Speech. Nothing more. That our encroaching police state is so terrified of what one man might say that they refuse him entry into the country says a lot more about the state of our government than it does about Pastor Terry Jones and any signs he carried with him.

  2. UPDATE:

    I just got off the phone with a representative from Jason Kenney’s office in Calgary.

    I inquired as to why Terry Jones was kept out of Canada.

    There is a reciprocal agreement between many countries like France, Britain, Germany, Canada and others that persons with outstanding issues in these countries will be denied entry in countries until those issues are settled or until they apply for a special permit or clearance.

    Apparently Terry Jones has an outstanding court issue in the United States as well as an unresolved problem in Germany.

    Both of these unresolved issues are the reason for his being barred entry into Canada.

    Regards, Don Laird
    Edson, Alberta, Canada

    1. Thanks Don! I believe it was his assistant that has the issue in the United States. Terry Jones was fined by the German authorities for using the designation “Dr.” because they didn’t recognize the institution that gave him the designation.

      1. In reality, a technicality and a technicality as well for the issue in the United States……and a far cry from the radical, rabid, foaming at the mouth rhetoric and violence incitement spewed by imams, mullahs and muslim community leaders here in Canada.

        Regards, Don Laird
        Edson, Alberta, Canada

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