Oct 13 2012
The extremist Florida pastor was scheduled to participate in a rally in Canada’s largest city of Toronto and give a speech about Innocence of Muslims, an insulting movie produced in the United States that disrespects Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) and depicts Islam as an oppressive religion.
“Definitely, the concern was… that rally we were to attend and speak at,” he said on Thursday, after being turned back at Michigan-Ontario border.
Jones said that after he arrived at a border post, he was made to go through a secondary inspection by the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA), and that his car was inspected by CBSA officers.
He was detained for several hours at the post and was questioned about a fine he received in Germany about 20 years ago for a disputed honorary title and a previous bond infraction in the US, the pastor also said, adding the issues were cited by CBSA as reasons for barring him from entering the country.
Jones came into spotlight in March 2011 after he burnt copies of the Holy Quran in public, sparking massive demonstrations in several countries.
In September, the German government also barred him from entering the country, with the Interior Ministry saying that Jones’ visit was contrary to the “interest in maintaining public order.”
He was invited by a German far-right, pro-Deutschland group to attend a Berlin screening of the anti-Islam movie.
Protests have been held in Muslim countries against the sacrilegious movie.
The movie is said to have been made with the help of the Zionist donations totaling USD 5 million. It was followed by the publication of cartoons mocking the Prophet of Islam (PBUH) in the satirical French weekly Charlie Hebdo on September 19.