City plans to bill pastor for security around planned Quran burning

A deeply disturbing development. Now, governments can bill citizens for costs incurred defending their constitutional rights as a way of disposing of those same rights. I do not see them billing any of the people making threats to break the law.

As I see it, there is only one answer to this. All of us need to burn Korans as publicly as possible, where you are not breaking any fire laws or litter etc. The more of us that do it, the less the Muslims and leftists and Obama can do about it. Freedom is something we all have to fight for continually. I need to know, are people still willing to do it? Or have people been tricked into thinking that somehow, its a Nazi thing to burn a Koran. One you bought or are otherwise in legal possession of, and wish to make a political or moral statement with. This story frightens me more than anything I have read in a while. This shows that our own governments are truly against us. Thanks to a Vlad reader,  DP11, for posting the link in his comment and thanks to the blog that linked to this story.

From CNN News:

By John Couwels, CNN
September 17, 2010 — Updated 1915 GMT (0315 HKT)
The Rev. Terry Jones answers reporters' questions at the Dove World Outreach Center in Gainesville, Florida.
The Rev. Terry Jones answers reporters’ questions at the Dove World Outreach Center in Gainesville, Florida.
  • Gainesville to send a $180,000 bill to Pastor Terry Jones
  • Jones planned a Quran burning event on the anniversary of 9/11
  • The event was called off amid pressure from world leaders

Orlando, Florida (CNN) — The city of Gainesville, Florida, plans to send a bill estimated at more than $180,000 to Pastor Terry Jones for security costs surrounding his controversial threat to burn Qurans on the anniversary of the September, 11, 2001, attacks, a police spokeswoman said Friday.

Police agencies spent more than a month working on security plans to ensure the community surrounding Jones’ Dove World Outreach Center — the planned site of the burning — was safe, according to Gainesville police spokeswoman Cpl. Tscharna Senn.

Jones also told authorities he received numerous death threats because of the planned protest, which he called off amid increasing pressure from world leaders.

The Gainesville Police Department said it spent more than $100,000 while the Alachua County Sheriff’s Office spent an estimated $80,000 during the weekend of the planned demonstration.

“We have 286 sworn officers and almost everyone was working either at the Dove Center or at other soft targets,” Senn said. “Unless you were sick or injured you were working” the day the burning was to take place.

Officers secured malls in the region, the University of Florida’s football stadium and areas around the church in the days leading up to the planned event.

Jones said Friday that the church was “not aware that we would be billed for security.”

“If we had known this in advance, then we would have refused to have security,” he said.

Some have accused authorities of over preparing.

“It’s easy to say we over prepared but if something horrible had happened we would have been criticized for being unprepared,” Senn said.

The planned burning prompted demonstrations by Muslims around the world this week, including Iran, Afghanistan, Somalia and India.

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6 Replies to “City plans to bill pastor for security around planned Quran burning”

  1. I don’t see this one lasting very long, it is a clear duty of the various governments to protect our Constitutional rights, even most of the liberal activist Judges will be against this one.

  2. Why don’t they bill the various Mosques for failing to call on their followers to be peaceful over a constitutional right? Should they start fining citizens for having bling in the open promoting theft ergo having the police forced to do their job? When does protecting a society from those who wish to destroy it and replace it with a Medievel justice model make it a crime of the common citizen for pointing that out?

    Florida, meet your Tea Party talking point. Unlike Canada, these officials are elected by citizens. They will pay for their progresiveness.

  3. Shouldn’t the MSM be responsible for paying. They’re the one’s who blew the thing way out of proportion in the first place.

  4. Well I think every time a woman walks through a park at night wearing a revealing outfit she should get the police bill for not being raped. I mean if thats how authorities play it now.

  5. I’d like them to attempt to bill the practitioners of ‘The Religion Of Peace’ for police protection. Every crybaby phony ‘Muslim rights’ group would be bitching moaning and whining.

  6. Under this logic, police and security services should contract for services of protection during Ramadan, Eide, and demand payment for services for each request from the Muslim entities individually. In fact, police services can use this precedent to back bill for services rendered here in the US as well as in the UK:

    Islamic Center for PEACE in Fort Myers [FL] requests additional police patrols,” by Rachel Revehl for the News-Press, November 6 2009

    Muslim fanatic who shouted abuse at troops given police protection -Luton UK 2009

    <a href="During the Islamically-proclaimed “month of jihad,” the NYPD will provide extra protection for those who most want to submit us to Islamic sharia law – just like previous years. via a href=””>AFP: New York tightens security at Islamic centers during Ramadan. July 2010

    BTW, let’s not forget these very same police are reluctant to offer the same protection to US citizens as evidenced here:

    Round-the-clock police protection needed[/yet denied to non muslims] as Muslims harass neighbors after mosque expansion is denied Georgia, June 2010

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