Dearborn’s Arab Festival Settles Lawsuit Cancels 2013 Festivities

Dearbornistan, Michigan’s 19th annual Arab Festival was scheduled for June 14-17 and moved to a new location, the Ford Woods Park. The festival would be “fenced-in” and would charge admission this year but after losing a lawsuit to the American Freedom Law Center over arrests made in 2010, the Dearborn Arab Chamber of Commerce and the City Fathers decided after four years of past tensions with Christians, they will delay the festival…maybe next year in Dearbornistan – the home of “shia-ism” in the U.S.

Largest Mosque in U.S. is in Dearborn, Michigan

Islamic Center of America – Largest Mosque in U.S. is in Dearborn, Michigan

Reports state that the City and event organizers faced insurance and liability issues after being sued by two separate groups over claims that their First Amendment rights were violated by police.

As previously reported, on June 18, 2010, David Wood, Nabeel Qureshi and Paul Rezkalla of Acts 17 Apologetics were arrested after they refused to move to another area following complaints to police that the men were harassing attendees of the Arab International Festival in Dearborn. After being charged with disturbing the peace, the Christians went on trial and were acquitted.

The American Freedom Law Center in Michigan consequently filed a lawsuit against the City of Dearborn over the arrests, which resulted in a settlement agreement that included the issuance of a public apology on the city’s website and, according to The Detroit Free Press, payment of attorneys fees in the amount of $300,000…

David Yerushalmi of the American Freedom Law Center said that there remains unfinished business with resolving matters with Beydoun and others at the Chamber in regard to the free speech rights of those who wish to reach Muslims with the Gospel. Source: Christian News

Islam and the Koran forbids proselytizing of Muslims in the United States.

In Dearborn in 2010:

Dearborn, Michigan Christians hand-out copies of the Gospel of John to Muslims as they leave a festival outside the festival grounds. The Muslims take the copies they are not forced to take the handouts. Three minutes later police descend, and I mean descend, confiscate a camera, take a cameraman in custody. Three are arrested.

This from The U.S. Veteran Dispatch, January 1, 2006:

You can’t back down. You can’t chicken out. You can’t be afraid. You’ve got to have faith in Allah, and you’ve got to stand up and be a real Muslim, Keith Ellison, the first Muslim elected to the United States Congress, instructed a cheering crowd of Muslims last month in Dearborn.

The crowd roared in return, Allah akbar, Allah akbar, God is great.

Allaha akbar were the last words heard on the cockpit voice recorder of Flight 93, just before Muslims murdered all its passengers by crashing the jetliner into the ground.

In 2009:

After the debate, Nabeel, Mary Jo, and I went to the Dearborn Arab Festival, which had already become an open celebration of persecution against Christians. The festival organizers had declared that Christians could not distribute materials on the public sidewalks or street, and, when the matter was brought before the courts, the judge agreed that Christians could not freely distribute information during the festival. (Note: This decision has been defended in the media by claiming that the no-distributing-materials rule applied to everyone, and therefore wasn’t unfair to Christians. However, anyone who was at the festival knows that this is not true. People were walking up and down the sidewalks distributing pamphlets and brochures, right in front of security. The rule was only enforced against Christians, and therefore only the rights of Christians were violated.)

Muslim security guards (one of whom had ‘Hezbollah’ tattooed down his forearm) took things a step further and wouldn’t even allow Christians to talk about their beliefs openly. Security guards also repeatedly entrapped Christians in an attempt to get us to violate the court order.

This from The U.S. Veteran Dispatch, January 1, 2006:

You can’t back down. You can’t chicken out. You can’t be afraid.You’ve got to have faith in Allah, and you’ve got to stand up and be a real Muslim, Keith Ellison, the first Muslim elected to the United States Congress, instructed a cheering crowd of Muslims last month in Dearborn.

The crowd roared in return, Allah akbar, Allah akbar, God is great.

Allaha akbar were the last words heard on the cockpit voice recorder of Flight 93, just before Muslims murdered all its passengers by crashing the jetliner into the ground.

Statement on American Freedom Law Center (AFLC) website:

Under sharia, it is unlawful to preach Christianity, and the penalty for leaving Islam is death. So it should come as no surprise that Christians are often treated harshly and, yes, even jailed for trying to convert Muslims in the City of Dearborn…

In 2010, four Christian missionaries were handcuffed and jailed for peacefully preaching to Muslims at the Arab Festival. The City charged the Christians with breach of the peace. Robert Muisedefended the Christians in their criminal trial against these bogus charges. At the close of the week-long trial, the jury returned verdicts of not guilty.

Following the acquittals, AFLC Co-Founders and Senior Counsel Robert Muise and David Yerushalmi filed a lengthy, civil rights lawsuit against the City, its mayor, the chief of police, seventeen police officers, and two festival organizers for violating the Christians fundamental constitutional rights. The City recently sought to dismiss the lawsuit. However, a Detroit federal judge denied the City’s request. You can read more about this ongoing case [and watch the shocking videos of City police officers arresting the Christians]here.

Remember infamous Florida Pastor Terry Jones who threatened to burn the Koran but then backed down due to threats against our troops? He wanted to peacefully protest jihad outside the mosque pictured above but Muslim protestors “threatened violence” if he showed up. Jones was ordered not to go near the mosque for three years…because Muslim’s “threatened violence.” The bottom line: Sharia Law is indeed a threat to the U.S. Read more at the AFLC link above.

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