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Anti-Muslim Group Plans Return to Arab International Festival

An organization known as the Bible Believers says that “there will be a lawsuit” if they get arrested or assaulted.

A national anti-Muslim group has announced that it will have a presence at the in Dearborn this weekend–and is asking police to ensure that their free speech rights are protected.

The organization, known as the Bible Believers, caused a stir at the 2011 festival when a crowd of counter-protesters gathered around them. The situation .

Bible Believers leader Ruben Israel told Dearborn Patch this week that the group will return to Dearborn to “preach” at the festival on Friday and Sunday. But concerns have arisen that the group will not be properly protected.

According to Israel, the group hired the Memphis-based Center for Religious Expression to assert their free speech rights. An attorney from the center sent a letter to Wayne County Sheriff Benny Napoleon and Wayne County Executive Robert Ficano, notifying them of the Bible Believers’ intentions.

“We fully expect and demand Wayne County Sheriff’s Department to protect Israel and his friends from physical assaults and allow Israel and his friends to engage in their peaceful expression,” the letter reads.

Israel said that they have received no response, and that if they are not protected or are arrested, “there will be a big lawsuit.”

The lawsuit, he contended, would be filed against both Wayne County and the City of Dearborn.

City Attorney Debra Walling, however, maintains that the city has done all it can to detach itself from the festival in terms of law enforcement responsibility.

An agreement signed by Sheriff Napoleon in April , and agreed that Wayne County would take full responsibility for police presence at the festival.

The letter from the Center for Religious Expression maintains that last year, when counter-protesters grew unruly in response to the Bible Believers’ signs–which said such things as “Islam is a religion of blood and murder”–Wayne County officers “took the side of the violent Muslims and ordered Israel and his friends to stop their expression.”

Israel added that the problem is the event, not his group.

“If they can’t handle it, they should call in the National Guard or remove the event,” he said. “All we’re asking for is our right to stand on the sidewalk.”

The city of Dearborn has been sued before for the arrest of protesters at the festival, which led to the decision to allow the county to assume security responsibility.

Lu Ortiz July 01, 2012 at 06:21 AM
All parties involved in this foolish mess should be ashamed! The angry mob for attacking the protesters. The cops for not doing anything about the angry mob, EXCPET to think of the most scared way of dealing with the situation....make the handful of protestors leave. Oh, and the protesros were WRONG for those signs! They should have known better; that "child molester" sign was so disrespectful! Call me crazy, but I always thought God wanted us to love and respect one another. If He is to enter a person's heart it will be through love, not through disrespectful signs, signs that were made deliberately to provoke! THAT IS NOT HOW GOD WANTS HIS WORD TO BE SPREAD! Not all Christians feel as those protestors feel. I hope the Muslim population in Dearborn, and across the world, understand that. I believe in God, but will be totally fine knowing that you don't. We should all strive to love one another and live in harmony, regardless of our religious beliefs.
Lee Jacobsen July 04, 2012 at 08:27 PM
Of course, perhaps the Bible Believer Christians, this group more than any other, are seeing the trend in Europe, that we are missing, where various sects of Muslims are becoming the majority, taking over the cities and neighborhoods and, in many cases imposing Sharia law legally with a majority vote, and consider this a threat against the USA way of life, and religious freedom. A hard example of Sharia law... Steal an apple too many times , give me a hand....chop chop. (a little far-fetched fable from Aladdin- but often thought true. In Sharia law, It is not a crime to steal if you are in need, like Aladdin was. If you are not in need, then caught, a trial, and then perhaps chop chop??). Dearborn has the most concentrated Muslim population in the USA, and so far, we get along fine as we are Americans first, then Christians and Muslims. However, when you don't have to learn the English language, or start to enforce native customs over American heritage, then what is happening in Europe will start happening here, look at Belgium for example. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SbMnA3uO9As&feature=related These Muslims in Belgium sound pretty serious in their intentions. Can it happen here??
gerard rolands July 06, 2012 at 02:41 PM
Jesus is the answer for the world today
Jiwanda Bond September 19, 2012 at 03:56 AM
By the way, the original article from Jessica Carreras is misleading right from the opening sentence. She identifies these men as being "an anti-Muslim group." That is truly embarrassing journalism. They are no such thing. And all the way down to the final paragraph, she mentions the city being sued as a pretext for justifying their refusal to protect Ruben Israel, yet curiously leaves out who the lawsuit had to do with. Yup, Ruben Israel. He sued the city for false arrest and won judgment of $103,000.
Stuipid Shit Obama Says October 06, 2012 at 04:05 AM
As a Christian... I'll pray over your dead body when they chop YOUR head off. You bunch of idiots can't SEE what their doing to our country? http://www.actforamerica.org/ At least SHE's trying to do something about it.

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