DEARBORN, Mich. (WXYZ) - The controversial pastor who sparked national headlines when he threatened to burn a Quran is coming to Dearborn and his plans aren't likely to sit well with local Muslims.
"It is very difficult to ignore something like this and it is a challenge to cover it and keep it in perspective and context," said Osama Siblani, publisher of the Arab American News.
When Florida pastor Terry Jones threatened to burn Qurans last year on the anniversary of September 11, he received media attention from around the globe, including front page on the Arab American news.
That’s something publisher Osama Siblani believes Jones is after again with his announcement of a trip planned to Dearborn. "I think he is coming to the wrong mosque and think he is definitely coming to the wrong place. This place has been a hub for interfaith dialogue."
A Jones spokeswoman says the preacher is planning a protest against “radical Islam” in front of the Islamic Center of America next month. It is a place that has opened its doors to all faiths in need.
"When the Christians were bombed and churches bombed in Baghdad and Coptic churches in Egypt we held rallies at this mosque condemning the violence against Christians. But we will have the right answer for Mr. Jones when he comes in we will have the right reception for him."
Jones trip is scheduled for April 22nd.