UPDATE: Four Christian Missionaries Arrested at the Dearborn, Michigan Arab Festival

ANN 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.

http://www.thomasmore.org/qry/page.taf?id=19

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4 Responses to UPDATE: Four Christian Missionaries Arrested at the Dearborn, Michigan Arab Festival

  1. PJ Gildernew says:

    This is insanity and many people in the media and other political groups condemned Oklahoma for enacting a law which prohibits the use of sharia law in their state and especially in court rulings. It seems the state of Michigan needs this same law as all kinds of laws and codes are being broken by the city and its police force!! I am certainly NOT a person who likes to talk negatively against anyone who helps defend the community such as police and fire but in this case this is extremely wrong and goes against everything America is and stands for!! If islam is the TRUE religion and revelation of god then what are they AFRAID of?!? And if this is the religion of peace why can’t they talk to others about it peacefully? Why are the followers of islam and muhammed so bent on destroying stuff and people if they are soooo peaceful?!!? ANSWER: It’s all a lie and allowed by the koran…the end justifies the means (so lying is allowed and encouraged if it gains you an advantage over your enemy (kafir) ). Just in NYC with the building of the mosque at ground zero, muslims those who truly practice adhering to the koran) are here to dominate and claim victory over the United States as they have done all over the world!!! Most of the famous mosques around the world used to be churches of various denominations, read YOUR HISTORY!!! Thomas Jefferson after reading the koran himself (the one found in the Library of Congress) decided to create a special force called the Marines to go over and destroy as best they could the muslim pirates on the coast of Africa (Barbary Coast) because he came to the conclusion that NO PEACE could ever be negotiated based on the teachings of muhammed himself in the koran. AGAIN, get a copy and read it for yourself you will discover as Jefferson did if the muslim is true they can not live under a kafir’s rule but must continue to struggle in jihad and overcome and subdue by the sword. Sharia is the stealth step in jihad. Just as they have done in England and to some extent in Canada, sharia now has jurisdiction over the muslim population and will soon overtake the rest of the courts as they continue to grow in political power by the number of votes they will command. Don’t believe please read on the internet about the sharia courts in the UK…IT’s coming to America, and we’re allowing it to happen just as christians allowed the holocaust to happen in germany, BY SAYING AND DOING NOTHING!!!!!!
    WAKE UP AMERICA we are losing because we are NOT a moral and Holy nation any longer!! Our pastors and churches are leading us into destruction unless we get back to our knees in prayer and repentance!! Tell your pastor to teach the scriptures and skip the warm and fuzzies!! Tell them to speak about the issues of the day and what the scriptures say about them!!! Have them speak about the true history of this nation and how it is intertwines with the preaching of the christian faith not denominationalism!!!!

  2. DHolliday says:

    You are 100% correct, PJ! I couldn’t have said it better myself. All of their Mosques are monuments to their victories over their “enemies”. Keep praying for them, for America, and for our law enforcement!

  3. Lynn says:

    JUDE 2:22-24
    And on some have compassion making a distinction, but others save with fear pulling them out of the fire! Hating even the garment defiled by the flesh.
    Now to Him who is able to keep us from stumbling, before the presence of HIS glory with exceeding JOY…to GOD our Savior who alone is wise, be glory and majesty and dominion and POWER both NOW and FOREVER!”

    • Lynn says:

      If you worship and follow anyone or anything other then JESUS CHRIST you are worshipping SATAN!! Be not deceived!

      REVELATION 6:1-2
      ZECHARIAH 6:7
      MATTHEW 7:15,21-23
      EPHESIANS 5
      JOHN 3:19

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