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-Dearborn Officials Apologize for Arresting Christians at Festival

by Dr. D ~ May 13th, 2013

English: Dearborn Mosque, 9945 West Vernor Hig...

                                    (Dearborn Mosque: Wikipedia)

Dearborn police and officials have gone out of their way on a number of occasions to restrict religious freedom in this Muslim dominated community.

Christians attending and sharing their faith at Dearborn’s Arab International Festival have been mistreated and arrested at nearly every recent Festival. Finally in one lawsuit at least Dearborn officials have been forced to apologize. Here’s the story from One News Now:

After winning one of two lawsuits, Christians are looking forward to handing out Christian literature and discussing their faith again at this year’s Arab International Festival in Dearborn, Michigan.

The incident occurred at the predominately Muslim festival in June 2010. Rob Muise of the American Freedom Law Center describes what happened to his clients – Dr. Nabeel Qureshi, David Wood, and Paul Rezkalla.

"These Christians were peacefully preaching the gospel on the city streets during the Arab Festival and they were arrested, placed in handcuffs, and thrown in jail for the evening and then had to withstand a five-week criminal trial," he shares. "I defended them during the criminal trial in which they were acquitted of their ‘breach of peace’ charge by a unanimous jury verdict."

The Law Center then filed a civil rights lawsuit against Dearborn, its mayor, chief of police, and several police officers who were involved in the arrests. The case was settled this week, an undisclosed amount is to be paid by the city, and the mayor has issued an apology.

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Response: Finally a win in court that will hopefully change Dearborn’s treatment of Christians publically sharing their faith in that community and particularly at the Arab Festival this year.

Here are few of our articles in the past covering some of the injustices and mistreatments of Christians in the past in that Muslim dominated community in Michigan, USA:

-Dearborn, MI: Four Christian Evangelists Arrested at Arab Festival

-Court of Appeals: City of Dearborn Violated Evangelist’s Rights 

-Judge Bans Christian Sidewalk Ministry at Arab Festival

-Dearborn, Michigan: Quran-burning Pastor Denied Permit and Will be Subject to Arrest 

-Christian Street Preachers Attacked and Stoned by Muslims in America?

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