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Posted on 05/06/2013 9:04:00 PM PDT by CounterCounterCulture
In June of 2010, a few of us were on our way out of Dearborn's annual Arab International Festival, when some young Muslims began asking us questions, which we were happy to answer. Here's unedited footage of our last 20 minutes or so at the festival:
Nearly three years later, thanks to our lawyers Robert Muise and David Yerushalmi, the City of Dearborn has apologized for arresting us.
In September 2010, Robert Muise, AFLC Co-Founder and Senior Counsel, represented the Christians during a five-day criminal trial. At the end of the trial, the Christians were acquitted by a unanimous jury verdict. Following the acquittals, fellow AFLC Co-Founder and Senior Counsel David Yerushalmi and Muise filed a 100-page, civil rights lawsuit against the City, its mayor, John B. OReilly, its chief of police, Ronald Haddad, 17 City police officers, and two executives from the American Arab Chamber of Commerce on behalf Qureshi, Wood, and Rezkalla. The lawsuit was later amended to add the Arab Chamber as a defendant. The civil rights complaint alleged that the Christians constitutional rights were egregiously violated during the Arab festival.
Just this past week, the City agreed to enter into a settlement, which includes a public apology that will be posted on the Citys website for three years; the removal from the Citys website of a press release and letter from the mayor that contained derogatory comments about the Christians; and a payment to the Christians, the amount of which is confidential. The legal claims against the Arab Chamber defendants will proceed.
The Citys public apology states as follows:
The decision to arrest these individuals was based in part on information provided to the Dearborn police by Arab Festival attendees, workers, and volunteers. When all of the informationincluding the video captured by Wood, Qureshi, and Rezkallawas presented to a Dearborn jury, the jury found that these individuals were not guilty of the criminal offense of breach of peace.
The City of Dearborn regrets and apologizes for the decisions to arrest and prosecute David Wood, Nabeel Qureshi, and Paul Rezkalla and the hardship caused to everyone involved.
Through this apology and its acceptance by David Wood, Nabeel Qureshi, and Paul Rezkalla, the parties seek to build a bridge and to confirm to the community that members of all faiths are welcome in Dearborn to peacefully share their views and to engage in religious discussions.
Muise commented, For too long our clients have been vilified for simply exercising their constitutional right to evangelize on a public street during the Arab Festival. And despite their acquittal, they continued to be treated as if they had committed a crime. With this settlement and apology, our clients have been vindicated and this dispute with the City will finally be put to rest.
Yerushalmi added, While the dispute with the City is over, there is still unfinished business with the Arab Chamber. As the City itself noted in its apology, Arab Festival volunteers and workers, who were acting under the guidance and direction of the Arab Chamber and its executive director, Fay Beydoun, and pursuant to the Chambers festival rules and regulations, are similarly responsible for the violation of our clients rights, and we intend to hold them accountable.
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dearboristan. They don’t mean it but they got caught and now they gotta pay.
The videos of this event are well worth watching
The decision to arrest these individuals was based in part on information provided to the Dearborn police by Arab Festival attendees... BS!
Watch the video, you will see police stand by and watch as the Christians get pelted with water bottles.
Well, I looked and searched on the city web side and so far, nada.
Good. Good job lawyers!
When the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ is spoken and taught in its truth and purity, there is most certainly a breach of peace, namely the peace one seeks in good works and false gods. Note how the reaction becomes so pronounced merely through the act of speech. “My sheep hear My voice, and they follow Me.” No clearer demarcation can be made than that which takes place when the Gospel is proclaimed in a manner the presents Jesus Christ as the Lamb of God Who takes away the sin of the world. Christians, by the grace of God alone, understand this, albeit in weakness to the eye.
Islam is a war plan.
Imagine if that had been three homosexuals sharing their beliefs in that crowd.
Unless and until every single person from the best cops all the way up to the prosecutor ar charged with Federal Civil Rights violations (18USC242) then this phony apology is meaningless.
You got that right.
ALL of the ‘authorities’ involved knew EXACTLY what they were doing and WHO they were oppressing.
I wonder what’s REALLY going on.
I know I’d be camped out in the Federal prosecutors office demanding that course of action.
“a payment to the Christians, the amount of which is confidential.”
And the taxpayer will have no idea that this adds to their tax bill. Dearborn is filled with willfully ignorant sheeple....there are a few of us good ones out there, but we are hard to find.
Next, get the stinking muslim/mohammedan/islamic sleeping terrorist out of Michigan, and back to some dirt ‘Stan, where they belong.
If youd like to be on or off, please FR mail me.
How nice of them.