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Christians arrested for peaceably preaching the Gospel - in Dearborn, Michigan

A jury has cleared the group of Christian evangelists of wrongdoing in this case.  Here is the exerpt from WND:

Jurors in Michigan have rejected the concept of a "dhimmi" status for Christians, ruling that four evangelists who went to an Arab festival not just to be present but to "change minds" did not commit a breach of peace as police had claimed.

The word comes from the Thomas More Law Center, which defended the four Christians after they were charged for being at an Arab festival June 18 in Dearborn, Mich.

The verdict came from a jury of six Dearborn residents late Friday, who concluded that Nabeel Qureshi, Paul Rezkalla, Negeen Mayel and David Wood were not guilty of breach-of-peace charges.

The issue strikes directly at the heart of what many fear is developing across the nation: Muslims given special treatment that subjects those of other faiths to second-class status.


Here we go.  June 18th, Dearborn, Michigan.  An Arab festival underway.  A group of evangelists was distributing tracts and engaging in dialog with Muslims at the event when the police were called over by other attendees.  They confiscated the video cameras before arresting the Christians on a charge of "Breach of the Peace."  One of the four was standing about 100 feet away, videotaping the events, when she was told to hand over her camera and, in addition to the first, also charged with failure to obey a police officer's orders.

As far as I am aware, the actions of those officers were illegal.  They plainly disregarded freedom of speech, freedom of religion, freedom of peaceable assembly, unreasonable search and seizure, and possibly even due process.  That's thirty percent of the Bill of Rights!  From the Thomas More Law Center:

Richard Thompson, President and Chief Counsel of the Thomas More Law Center, commented, “These Christian missionaries were exercising their Constitutional rights to free speech and the free exercise of religion, but apparently the Constitution carries little weight in Dearborn, where the Muslim population seems to dominate the political apparatus. It’s apparent that these arrests were a retaliatory action over the embarrassing video of the strong arm tactics used last year by Festival Security Guards.  This time, the first thing police officers did before making the arrests was to confiscate the video cameras in order to prevent a recording of what was actually happening.” 

Thompson continued, “Contrary to the comments made by Police Chief Ron Haddad, our Constitution does not allow police to ban the right of free speech just because there are some hecklers.  Not all police officers approve of the way their department treated these Christians.”
Robert Muise, Senior Trial Counsel with the Law Center in charge of the case, yesterday faxed a letter to Chief Haddad demanding that the three video cameras and tapes illegally seized from the missionaries be immediately returned.

Some are calling this police enforcement of Sharia Law.  The police refused to even look at the video evidence that would refute the claims of harassment, instead opting to put these folks in handcuffs and haul them off.  Did anyone think this wouldn't start happening here?

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