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Sunday, July 11, 2010

Sharia Law In Dearborn, Michigan

In late June, several Christian evangelists were arrested in Dearborn MI for "disorderly conduct" - by distributing Gospel tracts during the annual Arab American Festival. Apparently that's the charge for handing our literature that others don't agree with. The story about that incident is here.

On Monday, July 12, the four defendants are to be arraigned.

From Spero News: Christians To Be Arraigned For Disturbing Michigan Muslims
Four Christian missionaries will be arraigned on criminal charges on July 12 in the 19th Judicial District Court in Dearborn, Michigan. This is the next step in what has been described by the Thomas More Law Center in a press release as police enforcement of Sharia law in a city dominated by a large Muslim population.

To the jeers and shouts of “Allah Akbar” – Allah is Great - by the Muslim crowd, the four Christian missionaries were arrested and thrown in jail on June 18, 2010 by Dearborn Police officers at the Annual Arab International Festival held in Dearborn. One of the arrested missionaries was Dr. Nabeel Qureshi, MD, who was speaking to several Muslim youths. The other three missionaries, who were merely videotaping the conversation, had their cameras and other equipment seized before police arrested them as well.

According to the Thomas More Law Center, Dearborn Police refused requests by the missionaries to view the video at the scene of their arrest, which the missionaries claimed would completely exonerate them of any wrongdoing.

The Center, a national public interest law firm based in Ann Arbor, Michigan is representing all of the Christian missionaries. Because District Judge Mark W. Somers required that all four defendants personally appear before him for the arraignment, the Law Center assisted with the costs of their travel from different parts of the country.

Richard Thompson, President and Chief Counsel of the Thomas More Law Center, commented, “It’s evident that the Dearborn Police department was more interested in placating Muslims than obeying our Constitution. These Christians were exercising their Constitutional rights to free speech and the free exercise of religion, but apparently in a city where the Muslim population seems to dominate the political apparatus, Sharia law trumps our Constitution.”

Read the whole thing.

I routinely drive in and around Dearborn for business - my van sports a "WDEO 990 Catholic Radio" bumper magnet. I wonder how long before I'm pulled over and arrested for "disturbing Michigan Muslims".

So it continues...