Thursday, June 24, 2010

"Keeping the Peace" by Arresting (Non-Violent) Christians

If you are a Muslim Arab-American with ties to the Muslim Brotherhood planning to build a mega-mosque overlooking what was once the smoking hole of Ground Zero, New York, where 19 Muslims murdered 3,000 innocent civilians, the city fathers and mothers will strew flowers in your path and call everyone opposed to that idea a "bigot." In fact, the Chief of Police will go out of his way to assure everyone that you are not a security threat.

However, if you are a Christian Arab-American with ties to an Evangelical Church planning to hand out copies of the Gospel of John printed in Arabic at an "Arab Festival" in Dearborn, Michigan, you can expect to be arrested, and the Chief of Police will go out of his way to assure everyone that you are an impediment to "keeping the peace."

Dearborn used to part of the United States, where freedom of speech and religion were protected under the U.S. Constitution. Now Dearborn is part of the Muslim world, where freedom of speech and religion are rigorously denied under Sharia law, which mandates that non-Muslims, as second-class citizens, are forbidden to proselytize to Muslims.

Muslims around the world are quite diligent about enforcing this aspect of Sharia law. How about the time 60 Moroccan security officers raided a Bible study group near Marrakech, arrested and held 18 Moroccans, including infants and children, and deported the American citizen who was present. Or when Iranian authorities imprisoned and tortured an Assyrian pastor they suspected of "converting Muslims." Or when a mob of 20 Muslims savagely beat two young Christians in Fulgazi, Bangladesh, for showing a "Jesus film." Occurrences like these--and much worse--are, sadly, commonplace throughout the Muslim world.

Here's something that happened in Dearborn, Michigan, last year at this time:
This year at the "Arab" Festival, the police again arrested two of these young Christians and two others. When the police released them, the next morning, they held onto the Christians' cameras, apparently because they do not want to display proof that the Christians were not in fact disturbing the peace, at least as it is defined in the United States and not in Saudi Arabia, Iran, Iraq, or Sudan. A Sudanese Christian, Pastor George Saeig, escaped arrest only with the help of a temporary restraining order issued by a three-judge panel of the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals.

From the Thomas More Law Center:
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 [who is] a recent convert from Islam to Christianity, was also charged with failure to obey a police officer’s orders. She was approximately 100 feet away and videotaping a discussion with some Muslims when her camera was seized.

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 [above]. 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.”
These four young Christians are not eager to give up their Constitutional rights. Here is part of the video they made:


  1. I've been slow to get on board with what is happening here. I've been hanging onto that multicultural lie that we an all live together in peace and happiness. That's not what Islam is about, there is no moderate Islam (a nonviolent Muslim does not change the basic tenets of that religion--indeed, they may be even more dangerous because their approach is to "creep" Sharia into our society and legal system, and eventually our government). They have no desire to live in peace with us, they want to conquer us (Jews, Christians, then on to Hindis and everyone non-Muslim). That's their sole goal, and we need to put a stop to it. Posting the truth like this is a good way to do that.

  2. People have their loyalties.

    The American way of life sprung from Christianity, based on the Founders' belief in the sacred obligation of defending individual liberties because they are gifts from the Almighty. (That's an interesting side of American history that is largely "forgotten.") That being the case, it is easy for Christians to hold American values as sacred and for the young Christians in these videos to point out, "This is America!" (meaning, "I have freedoms here") as the Christians do in this film.

    In response, one Muslim cries out, "I don't care!" Obviously, his loyalty, and the loyalties of the security guards and of many Muslims attending the festival, are to a belief structure antagonistic to freedom of speech and religion. Their belief obviously demands that Christians be silenced, and not just by a non-violent court order. American values are an obstacle to them.

  3. Well this is another disgraceful incident. I wonder why the Left which is so trendily and virulently against religion and other "passe" concelts are so accomodating to Islam. I know why, I suppose, but I wonder why the Left does not acknowledge that their attacks against religion are really just attacks against their concept of Mr. Establishment.

    By the way QR, completely off subject, but whatever happened to Maryam and Marzieh? I heard they were both in poor health after their release from the Iranian prison, but haven't heard anything since, and that was six months ago at least. I hope you have some good news to share about them.

    @ Fuzzy

    I think I could get into another long discussion with you about this, but I won't. Suffice it to say I disagree-- as you should probably know by now.

  4. Yukio - Not so off subject, I think. For a long while, I looked for new info about Maryam and Marzieh with no success. I figured their names had disappeared from Christian sites for excellent reasons and that they would not benefit from more attention. For that reason, I didn't include their names in today's post.

    Your query prompted me to look again, and this is what I found: Fourteen months after their arrest for apostasy (conversion from Islam for new readers here), these two young women were finally acquitted. On Saturday, May 22, they left Iran for another, deliberately unnamed, country, and were met at the airport by the founders of Elam Ministries, one of whom said, “It was very emotional when we first saw them. Now, we want to see them rest and recover.”

    I should post about them. Many people have been keeping them in their prayers.

    Rifqa, you might know, is not doing at all well. She has a virulent form of cancer and is still trapped in her ward-of-the-state semi-imprisonment. My memory seems to tell me that her 18th birthday is in August.

  5. welcome to muslim sharia terrorism my friend! please have a great weekend despite the madness around us!