Monday, June 21, 2010

Shari'ah in Dearborn: Denial of Free Speech

Jihad Watch carried the story of the arrest of Christians at the Arab Festival in Dearborn.

There is an injunction in a similar case, technically, it does not cover Act 17's activities, but the same principles should apply. [From another angle.]

Therefore, the motion for an injunction pending appeal is GRANTED as follows. The relief granted hereby pertains only to the Festival to be held June 18, 19, and 20, 2010, after which this order will be deemed to have expired. During the hours that the Festival is open to the public on June 18, 19, and 20, 2010, Saieg shall be permitted to distribute his religious literature in the streets contained within the area referred to as the “outer perimeter” or “buffer zone.” This order leaves undisturbed the ability of the defendants to prohibit Saieg from distributing his religious literature within the Festival itself. See Heffron. Obviously, this temporary order shall be fully subject to reconsideration and revision or modification by any merits panel of this court to which this appeal may be assigned.

Observe the facts: the participants were not being loud or aggressive. They were outside the festival. The police objected to being documented in the act of hassling them.

For Chrissake, it is the Arab Festival, not the Muslim Festival. There are Christians of Arabic descent living in Michigan. Video from last year's festival and an update on the arrestees is on another page at Jihad Watch.

Perhaps descendants of the hillbillys who migrated from the south to work in auto plants and related factories might consider having a Cracker Festival. How would the Muslims react to that? Would we be seeing arrests of Muslims for proselytizing, praying in the street and passing out literature?

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