It was Jones’ fourth rally against Islam in Dearborn in the past year.
School officials have dismissed Jones’ claims about Edsel Ford High School. But Jones — joined by about a dozen supporters — said the bullying reflects the way Muslims act when they grow in numbers. Jones of Gainesville, Florida, said he was contacted by several parents of students at the school, which has a growing Muslim population.
“As the Muslim community grows,” Jones said amid a heavy police presence, “their intolerance of other communities grows.”
He said he also is concerned about attempts by Muslims to restrict free speech. He has supported the film, “Innocence of Muslims,” that has sparked protests around the world, including four in metro Detroit. “Criticism is part of Western society,” Jones said.
Bonnie Loranger, 67, of Royal Oak came to support Jones. “Islam is a threat everywhere,” she said. “It’s a big problem.”
After speaking with reporters, Jones walked around the school on a public sidewalk. People, who appeared to be students, yelled at Jones from their cars. “Burn in hell, Jones,” said one man driving by.
About 10 counter-protesters with the radical group BAMN, By Any Means Necessary, rallied against Jones farther down the sidewalk.