Pastor Terry Jones, pictured here, is a frequent visitor to Dearborn — a city with a large population of Muslims and Arab-Americans — where he threatens to burn the Koran in front of Edsel Ford High School. When he comes, he stands on the public sidewalk in front of the schools, and spews hate speech against Muslims.
Dearborn was once home to Henry Ford, known for the mass-production of automobiles and also for his anti-Semitism and relationship with Adolf Hitler. Orville Hubbard, Mayor of Dearborn, was called the “Dictator of Dearborn,” whose campaign to “Keep Dearborn Clean” was understood to mean “Keep Dearborn White.”
Does Jones have a right to spew hate speech in front of the schools? Do students have a right to protest and, if so, what would advise them to do? Do teachers and administrators have a responsibility to respond and, if so, how should they respond?