Sunday, February 10, 2013

Death threats in Dearbornistan

With the largest Muslim population of any US city, calling it Dearbornistan is appropriate.  Christians have been arrested while trying to talk Jesus with Muslims at the annual Arab street fair, the chief of Police is a Muslim and has called for Christians to be banned from the fair, and the largest mosque in America is located in the heart of Dearbornistan.  It is no surprise then that a recent article in the Dearborn Patch addressing the problems that have happened at the fair garnered its fair share of comment, including death threats aimed at those who ask questions about Islam or Muslims.

From Answering Muslims Feb 10

Dearborn Muslim Calls for Killing Anti-Islam Protesters
A recent Dearborn Patch article addressed concerns about the location of the annual Dearborn Arab Festival. For several years, the festival has been held on Warren Avenue. However, because the sidewalks adjacent to the festival remain public property during the event, criticism and protest are protected by the First Amendment. In 2012, a group of anti-Islam protesters showed up with signs condemning Muhammad (not to mention a pig's head on pole), and some young Muslims responded violently. Mayor John O'Reilly, a notoriousdefender of the city's campaign against free speech, hopes that organizers will consider moving the festival to a closed location, where the city will not be responsible for handling protesters.

Of course, the only reason protesters show up at the festival is that Dearborn leaders (with occasional help from the American Arab Chamber of Commerce) spent years violating the Constitutional rights of U.S. citizens. I attended the Arab Festival in 2008 and 2009, and I didn't see any protesters. In 2009, however, the Police Department declared that Christians wouldn't be allowed to distribute pamphlets or Bibles, even on the public sidewalks around the festival. This was the same year we were attacked by security for asking a question at a booth that invited us to ask questions. The following year, we were arrested for having a peaceful discussion with some Muslim teenagers who approached us with questions about Christianity. Two days later, police took us into custody again for attempting to distribute Bibles outside the festival.

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