As you read this, imagine the outrageous outrage from CAIR and others if the tables were turned and Muslims were arrested for handing out literature about Islam at a Christian conference:

Four Christian missionaries were arraigned today on misdemeanor charges of disturbing the peace following their June 18 arrest at the Arab International Festival.

Negeen Mayel, 18, of California; Nabeel Qureshi, 29, of Virginia; Paul Rezkalla, 18 of New York, and David Wood, 34, also of New York, face fines of up to $500 each and up to 93 days in jail. Dearborn authorities said the four “chose to escalate their behavior, which appeared well-orchestrated and deliberate” as they handed out religious literature and talking with people at the festival. The woman and three men are members or founders of a group called “Acts 17 Apologetics.”

But Ann Arbor attorney Robert Muise, senior trial counsel with the Thomas More Law Center, said their constitutional rights were violated and they engaged in no illegal behaviors.

“The encroachment of the First Amendment is just astonishing,” said Muise, who said police confiscated the video cameras and have yet to return them, despite repeated requests. He said he would take the case to trial.

The Christian group’s account obviously differs from the claims of Arab Festival security:

The team said they saw festival security personnel, who were not associated with Dearborn police, speaking with two teenage boys. One of the boys approached Qureshi and demanded to know why he was there. The second teen snatched a pamphlet from Qureshi’s hand and gave it to a security guard, apparently thinking it was a Gospel tract, when it actually was an Islamic tract Qureshi had picked up.

Four security guards then approached the Christian group and told them they could not preach on the streets or hand out literature — neither of which the group was doing, Sharp said. Sharp and Wood videotaped that confrontation and the security guards kept insisting the cameras be turned off and repeatedly hit the cameras.

After her camera was hit, Sharp said, “Hey, you can’t touch my camera. This is America.” The security guard replied, “I don’t care,” according to the group’s account.

The apologetics team retreated backwards as the security guards and others followed, continuing to swipe at the cameras. One of the guards reportedly told the group, “Keep walking. Keep walking or I’ll make you keep walking.”

Qureshi said he and Wood were tripped and kicked as they retreated.

So who’s telling the truth? The fact that Dearborn authorities won’t release any video taken by the Christian group might offer a clue to the answer to that question.

They don’t call it “Dearbornistan” for nothing. As a matter of fact, if you’re a Christian and want to distribute pamphlets to Muslims in that city, you first need to obtain permission from a court. When we’re getting dangerously close (if not there already) to applying Sharia law to a US city, we’re in trouble.

Watch how fast the Dearborn police will swarm if you’re distributing Christian literature in a passive non-forceful way outside a festival in Dearborn — and the guy filming it (who wasn’t handing out anything) was taken into custody for the crime of… standing around on a public street in Dearborn while non-Muslim, I guess:

Comments

15 Responses to “My Sharia Amour: Christian Missionaries Arraigned for Proselytizing at Arab Festival”

  1. Mark1957 on July 13th, 2010 12:03 pm

    What the hell is going on up there? This is America, they can not arrest you for handing out religous materials on a public street. Every one of those police officers should be fired for what they did.
    We need thousands of Americans to show up next year and hand out Bibles and Constitutions, We will not submit to Sharia !!! F.U. ragheaded bastards.

  2. Romeo_13 on July 13th, 2010 2:56 pm

    And Eric Holder will spring to the Rescue… Armed with a bevy of DOJ writings and the Constituion, he and his sidekick ACLU Dude will wing his way in to start a Civil Rights complaint.

    Oh… wait… they're WHITE? Never mind…

  3. Thomas F on July 13th, 2010 1:31 pm

    Here is the problem, the next time that you go to pass out literature, and take video cameras there has to be a way to push the video to the internet directly so that the police confiscating the cameras is a futile point….

  4. Glenn D on July 13th, 2010 4:14 pm

    I believe this is the video of the incident in question: http://creepingsharia.wordpress.com/2009/07/02/mu… . It proves the charges are false. How the prosecutors could in good conscience bring the charges is the question of the hour.

  5. Jules on July 13th, 2010 6:59 pm

    "We need thousands of Americans to show up next year and hand out Bibles and Constitutions"

    Name the date and time – I'll be there. With several friends. This is the scariest piece of video I have seen in a long time. Something drastic needs to be done to get people to wake the hell up before our country is completely taken over.

  6. Tana on July 13th, 2010 7:04 pm

    This is absolutely chilling. But unfortunately that is where we are headed if we as Christians do not stand up of our legal rights. We are being discriminated against and something has got to be done about it.

  7. Peggy on July 13th, 2010 9:11 pm

    Its the missionaries fault that the crowd began to gather and get (apparently) all riled up.

    No that wouldnt be the fault of the crowd. Nooooo. They can't be blamed for acting like children to prevent the free expression of ideas. Nope musn't get any one stirred up so the smart thing to do for the people who want to stop missionaries is to start causing problems when they show up. They know the police will arrest the missionaries NOT the people trying to prevent their free speech!

    Its the missionaries fault for just showing up.

    Un-frikkin-real!

  8. IndyIsDave on July 13th, 2010 9:52 pm

    The Police Chief of Dearborn is named Ronald Haddad…ummm
    I normally wouldn't give a crap what his last name was but if he is aiding and abetting persecution of Christians in a US city, then I feel it's relevant. Someone should contact Jay Sekulow, a Christian attorney, who takes these types of cases on and is successful. http://www.aclj.org/?r=sekulow2g&s=google&amp

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  10. Ken in Texas on July 14th, 2010 2:34 am

    Doug, Goddammit! How long are you willing to remain a prisoner of Michigan? Texas awaits you with open arms

  11. Dandapani on July 14th, 2010 11:19 am

    Muslims in minority, demure.
    Muslims at parity, defiant.
    Muslims in majority, deadly.

    Won't be long in Dearborn.

  12. CptCelt on July 14th, 2010 7:35 pm

    Sounds like a good set of facts to support a federal civil RICO action against the police and city, private security and organizers of the event. Treble damages, attorneys fees and costs plus the potential of a civil restraining order are available. A successful case to lead to state or federal criminal prosecuitions under RICO (although I doubt it). See 18 US Code for RICO.

  13. Michelle Malkin » Gov. Granholm on Meet the Press: GZ Mosque Imam is a ‘Bridge Building Imam’ on August 22nd, 2010 4:18 pm

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  14. Scott on August 22nd, 2010 6:38 pm

    Screw any State and it's people that tolerate this INVASION and the AMERICAN HATING DEMONcRAT'S THEY ELECT!!! . Be it ILLEGAL'S, MUSLIM or any other group that want's to OVER RUN AMERICA I have no pity for FOOL'S that want everything handed to them by electing AMERICAN HATING PARTY MEMBER'S with KING EARS HUSSEIN as THEIR MESSiah. Get your Barka's made and your beard's growing. You deserve what YOU VOTED FOR. ELECTION'S HAVE CONSEQUENCES!!!

  15. Peter Warner on August 23rd, 2010 1:39 pm

    What on earth is the legal justification claimed by the police to demand turning off the camera, and then confiscating it?

    A bit alarmed, Peter Warner.

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