A spokesperson for Jones said that the Christian pastor crossed the Ambassador Bridge and attempted to enter Canada this morning, but was detained by Canadian authorities.
As of 12 p.m., Jones and his travelling group had yet to be allowed into the country.
“As far as we know right now, they are still at the border on the Windsor side,” said Stephanie Sapp of the Dove World Outreach Center — Jones’ church in Gainesville, Florida.
Jones had planned on going to Queen’s Park for a public debate with an imam.
To be held 6 p.m. on the public property in front of the Ontario legislature buildings, the debate was to center on the controversial movie Innocence of Muslims — a film that has ignited protests throughout the Middle East.
Jones and his followers have repeatedly declared their belief that Islam is a “destructive ideology” that is “totally incompatible with Western free society.”
Update 0330 EST: Florida pastor Terry Jones may take legal action, his brother-in-law said, after they were denied entry into Canada to attend a forum on an anti-Islamic video.
“I am very disappointed,” Jones said, on his way back to Gainesville, Fla., with brother-in-law co-pastor Wayne Sapp, associate director of Stand Up America Now, after they were both turned away by the Canada Border Services Agency at the Detroit-Windsor, Ontario, border.
“This is a real blow to freedom of speech,” said Jones.