There was a spot of bother in Dearborn, Michigan yesterday. Two separate groups of Christians visited the Arab International Festival and upset some of the locals by saying negative things about Islam.
Two things can be learned from these incidents:
|1.||In Dearborn, devotees of the Religion of Peace tend to physically attack and throw bottles at people with whom they disagree.|
|2.||“Arab” is a code word for “Muslim” in Dearborn, since there was no sign of any Coptic or Palestinian Christians at the festival.|
Besides, why isn’t an “Arab festival” considered racist? What would happen if someone held a “Caucasian festival” somewhere?
Well, we all know what would happen. It’s all right to have African festivals, or Chinese festivals, or Ainu festivals. But a white festival is inherently racist, don’t you know?
Below are three news reports of what happened in Dearborn yesterday, followed by three articles, one of them cause for at least guarded optimism.
Many thanks to Vlad Tepes uploading these videos to MRC TV:
The first news report is from WXYZ, and describes what happened to pastor Terry Jones when he attempted to walk from city hall to the festival:
Arrests Made as Quran-Burning Pastor Walks From Deaborn City Hall to Arab International Festival
DEARBORN, Mich. (WXYZ) – Police have arrested at least three people who tried to block Pastor Terry Jones from walking from Dearborn City Hall to the annual Arab International Festival in Dearborn.
The Quran-burning Pastor held a rally outside Dearborn City Hall. He began his march to the festival as a mob of people jeered at him, some spitting in his face.
Jones was picked up by Police and put into a black Ford Explorer with officers. He was escorted back to City Hall, where he decided he would head back to his hotel.
Pastor Jones and those with “Standup America Now” had requested the assistance of the National Guard as they expected “thousands, perhaps tens of thousands of people opposing our rally.”
City and Community leaders have urged people to ignore Jones.
In April, Jones held a protest outside Dearborn City Hall, after being told by the court that he could not protest outside the Islamic Center of America, the largest mosque in the country.
Also from WXYZ, a report on a different group that protested at the festival:
Tensions High as Protestors Arrive at Dearborn Arab International Festival
DEARBORN, Mich. (WXYZ) – The Arab International Festival attracts more than 300,000 people to Dearborn every year. This is the 16th year for the event that turned rowdy and at times dangerous when religious beliefs and protesters clashed.
The protesters waved signs plastered with sayings like ‘Islam is a religion of blood and murder’, many at the Arab International Festival saw hate.
“Talking dirty about the Koran. Dirty about Muslims,” said Mustafa Kahwaji.
They call themselves the bible believers — men and women assembled from all over the country.
Their posters and shouting caused the 16th annual festival to come to a standstill around 5:30 Friday night. Their organizer Ruben Israel comes from California.
“We’re here in Dearborn because they have issues with free speech,” said Ruben Israel.
He says the group was enraged about the four missionaries arrested last July at the Arab American Festival, for their shouting their own religious message. It was a protest that officials deemed disorderly.
“When you arrest men for passing out literature, you’re going to get guys like us,” said Israel.
“Why are you going to come to our city and disrespect us like that,” said on angry onlooker.
Barricades were provided in an effort to separate protesters from furious festival goers. But after three hours, organizers were ready to take them down.
To the offended Muslim festival-goers, saying bad things about Islam exceeds the limits of free speech. In other words, Muslims in Dearborn expect the enforcement of sharia law in their locality:
“If this is how they are going to behave, then this has gone beyond free speech at this point,” said Ahmad Chebbani, Chairman of the American Arab Chamber of Commerce. [emphasis added]
“Things are going to get real pushy on the sidewalk. And whatever happens, blood is on his shoulder,” said Israel.
And here’s the most chilling part: “free speech zones”.
The last time I looked, the only acknowledged free speech zone was known as “The United States of America”. Or has that changed?
Organizers said most people apply for a permit to protest at their festivals. This group did not apply for a permit. But according to the law, a permit is not needed because they are in a free speech zone.
This article from 9&10 News is partially good news: Christians will be able to hand out leaflets at the Arab Festival in Dearborn.
The bad news is that it required a federal appeals court and a federal court order to re-establish the First Amendment in Dearborn:
Court Order Allows Christian Leaflets at Arab Fest
DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) — A Detroit federal judge has signed an order allowing Christian evangelists to work the sidewalks of a popular Arab-American festival in Dearborn.
The three-day festival starts Friday in the heavily Arab Detroit suburb. Christian activists led by a California pastor like to attend the festival to try to convert Muslims.
A federal appeals court in May said Dearborn couldn’t prohibit the evangelists from passing leaflets on sidewalks inside the festival boundaries. The court found that past restrictions violated free-speech rights.
Judge Paul Borman signed an order Tuesday reinforcing the decision by the appeals court. He says it applies to city officials, Dearborn police, festival organizers and the Wayne County sheriff’s office.
For some unsettling raw footage of what happened to Terry Jones and his companions on the sidewalks of Dearborn, see this YouTube video.
Parts of Dearborn are already virtual no-go zones for infidels. This is going to get worse before it gets better.
Hat tips: RE and Vlad Tepes.