Christians Arrested at MI Arab Festival to be Arraigned

Without notifying the rest of America, it appears the city of Dearborn, Michigan, has substituted the U.S. Constitution’s First Amendment with Islamic Sharia law. 
Dearborn has the largest proportion of residents of Arab ancestry (33.4% or 97,775) for a city of its size (100,000 pop.). It is also the location of the Islamic Center of America, the largest mosque in North America. [Source: Wikipedia]
Last month, June 19, 2010, in Dearborn, four Christian missionaries stood outside the entrance to an Arab festival and tried to peacefully distribute copies of the Gospel of John. Not only were they not violating any law, their activities were fully within our Constitution rights as U.S. citizens. In lightning speed, within a matter of three minutes, eight Dearborn police officers surrounded the Christians, ordered them to cease and desist, and then arrested the missionaries. [CLICK HERE for the missionaries’ account of what happened.]
Despite the publicity and protests generated by the news of their arrest, Dearborn is proceeding ahead. Next Monday, July 12, the four missionaries will be formally arraigned.
~Eowyn
July 12th Arraignment of Four Christian Missionaries Arrested at the Dearborn, Michigan Arab Festival
Thomas More Law Center – July 8, 2010
People - D. Wood arrestANN ARBOR, MI – The arraignment of four Christian missionaries on criminal charges will take place on Monday, July 12, 2010 at 8:00 a.m. in the 19th Judicial District Court located at 16077 Michigan Avenue in Dearborn, Michigan. This is the next step in what has been described as police enforcement of Sharia law in a city dominated by a large Muslim population.
To the jeers and shouts of “Allah Akbar” 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 engaged in peaceful dialogue with several Muslim youths.  The other three missionaries, who were merely videotaping the conversation, had their cameras and other equipment illegally seized before police arrested them as well. 
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 Thomas More Law 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.”
Thus far, police and prosecutors have refused to return the illegally seized cameras and video tapes.  They have also refused to provide the Law Center with the police reports of the incident despite repeated requests.
Arrested on charges of Breach of the Peace are Negeen Mayel, Dr. Nabeel Qureshi, Paul Rezkalla and David Wood.  Mayel, an eighteen-year old female whose parents emigrated from Afghanistan and a recent convert from Islam to Christianity, was also charged with failure to obey a police officer’s orders. She was at least 100 feet away and videotaping Qureshi’s discussion with the Muslim youths when police seized her camera. 
Thompson added, “Not all police officers approve of the way their department treated these Christians.”
Robert Muise, Senior Trial Counsel with the Law Center, will represent the Christian missionaries at the arraignment on Monday.
The Thomas More Law Center defends and promotes America’s Christian heritage and moral values, including the religious freedom of Christians, time-honored family values, and the sanctity of human life.  It supports a strong national defense and an independent and sovereign United States of America.  The Law Center accomplishes its mission through litigation, education, and related activities.  It does not charge for its services.  The Law Center is supported by contributions from individuals, corporations and foundations, and is recognized by the IRS as a section 501(c)(3) organization.  You may reach the Thomas More Law Center at (734) 827-2001 or visit our website at www.thomasmore.org.

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Attention politically-correct left/liberal Democrat bureaucrats: Touchy, overly-entitled Muslims will hang you as Godless pagans under Sharia when they take over, no matter how much you cater to them as their “useful idiots” now– “freedom of religion” means freedom of THEIR religion because there are not others (including your own lack of one) in their view, just so you know (this is why we have a Constitution and both rule of law and equal protection under it, which you’ve forgotten).

tina
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Cannot get started here! you all know how I feel! all I have to say is the people there better shake, rattle and roll!!!!

tina
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Let’s make that “LETS ROLL”!

Dave
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I just hope the litigation we all know is coming bankrupts the city of Dearborn to the point they have to fire every single municipal employee – starting with the Mayor and that idiot police chief.
No American city populated by people stupid enough to put idiots like this in positions of power deserves to survive.
LOL – By God, I got it on the right thread this time. 🙂
-Dave

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its really a nice article. best wishes from publicityweek.com .

Redeemed
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This is a dangerous trend and if unchecked, more of such unconstitutional acts will follow.
The police department are suppose to be impartial in their religious views and their primary responsibility is to keep the law of the land, not attempting to appease a religion while stepping on others constitutional rights.