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.

tammy dougher June 14, 2012 at 05:13 PM
If they were just ignored they would go away.
AVH June 14, 2012 at 06:02 PM
Ignoring a group or a problem won't go away fast. I don't care that they want their freedom of speech....I agree that they have that right. But they must adhere to the rules. Stay on the sidewalk! And If someone from the festival or counter group was smart they wospend some money and get som large curtians made to fit on poles that can go around (from one side walk to another) just to block their view and those from the festival. Sure, we probely still hear them...but we don't have to see them or acknowledge them being there.
AVH June 14, 2012 at 06:03 PM
oops I meant "would spend"
Nassif Daher June 14, 2012 at 11:23 PM
That would be an amazing thing, They would go away fast, but it would cost thousands to go around warren, then what would be done with them after the festival?
moevoice June 16, 2012 at 04:33 AM
moevoice June 16, 2012 at 04:40 AM
Arab International Festival is so stupid, this "stupid" event does not fit Muslims we have not tough to hump and jump in the street and the public like monkeys , for those who attending that dumb event .. think twice if you really have a "life as a real Muslim" .. if not GET ONE .
ali jomah June 16, 2012 at 11:26 PM
by adeab A the arab festival don''t want any problems people bring pigs to scare kids we dont want this to happen again do we bother them like they bother us
ali jomah June 16, 2012 at 11:30 PM
next time they might come with a person head and say its prothet I almost cried because i got scared of the pigs head
ali jomah June 16, 2012 at 11:31 PM
its nastey
ali jomah June 16, 2012 at 11:36 PM
on the first day of the festival the guy that holding the pigs head he choke a 10 years old boy and the copes dident do any thing to the guy
Word June 17, 2012 at 04:02 AM
"And If someone from the festival or counter group was smart they wospend some money and get som large curtians made to fit on poles that can go around (from one side walk to another) just to block their view and those from the festival." Are you advocating placing a giant hijab around Warren Avenue? Why doesn't Dearborn's Lebanese-American and/or Arab-American community just get a tent at Homecoming like the rest of us non-Arab-American's who wish to celebrate our ethnicity? Why does the whole street have to be shut down? Did other prominent ethnic groups ever shut down Warren Avenue for an ethnic festival? Are the festival organizers really interested in INclusion for their community or is their thing more EXclusive than everybody else?
marooned in Dbn June 17, 2012 at 01:30 PM
I see a sign held up by a protester saying that Mohammed, (PBUH), was a pervert, child molester, false prophet,...and a murderer. Thats some serious stuff. And yet, the Muslim attendees, kept order and peace, and tried to sway some younger kids from reacting to the protesters. We know what this is all about. I ask the "protesters", who were they who called for the DEATH of "Christ"? (clue)...it wasn't Muslims. For the answer, just read your own Bible. (unless the answer was redacted out due to continual revision). I ask the protesters if they also haunt Jewish ethnic festivals as well. (crickets chirping)...Gee...if they read their own Bible, and see the answer to my question, how is it that they dont give equal protest time at Jewish ethnic functions as well. After all, fair's fair.
Greg Shlapak June 18, 2012 at 04:37 AM
If Jesus is the Son of God, and was crucified and rose from the dead to save from hell those who would give their lives to Him, then Christians should care enough for lost people to go to places where unsaved people are, like Muslims, and show them the truth, preach the Gospel of Jesus. These people were trying to expose these lost muslims
Greg Shlapak June 18, 2012 at 04:44 AM
They were obviously trying to expose these lost and hell bound muslims to the only truth(Jesus) that could save them from hell. That is love, not staying home mocking these preachers, knowing these lost Muslims are hell bound but not caring enough to GO OUT AND WARN THEM, as Jesus commanded! You lazy stay at home mocker so called Christians are HYPOCRITES! Where is your love for these hellhound muslims? Jesus commands us to GO! They all need Jesus! Freedom of speech is VERY LEGAL you anti freedom anti-christs! Thanks to our Christian Founding Fathers protecting our freedom to preach in public, this is America! If you don't like freedom to preach Jesus in public go to North Korea or Saudi Arabia, better quit breathing Gods air breath someone elses air!
Lee Jacobsen June 18, 2012 at 05:48 AM
The word 'if' is being used a lot in the comments regarding Christianity, Muslims, preaching, love, freedom, etc, which implies the use of the word 'then', in other words, that a choice can be made concerning these topics is available for conclusions and , guess what? This is the good ole' USA where whatever choice you make for your personal religious beliefs (and that includes no religious beliefs), is the right choice for you personally, for others, that choice may be different, and in the USA, 'Freedom of Religion' is a right, and other groups don't have a right to infringe on the right of 'Freedom of Religion' via 'Freedom of Speech' , or do they? When the Freedom of Speech is quiet and simple, ie handouts and smiles, no problems , but when it becomes disruptive, and steps on other freedoms, time to escort those folk to a specified area where they can attract folk who may 'actually' want to hear them. Tampa Bay and other political conventions do this all the time. see herehttp://www.bizjournals.com/tampabay/blog/morning-edition/2012/05/event-zone-ordinance-designates-rnc.html
marooned in Dbn June 18, 2012 at 08:17 AM
In your list of unsaved ppl, you exclude: Hindus, Janists,Catholics/Protestants(depending what brand of "christian" you are), and Jews, among others. Who are you to declare anyone "hellbound".(?) I swear you are like the Pharisees and the Sadducees that your Christ condemmed also. You would do best to read Matthew Ch 15, V 18. Thats if you even know what that is. And as for "hypocrites", look in the mirror.
nina mason June 18, 2012 at 04:15 PM
you have no right to call anyone hell bound. you are not god and there for you can not judge anyone. it is people like you who sway me away from religion. I am an agnostic and I know that god does not discriminate against anyone you will be judged for whats in your heart not by what you believe because that would be just plain stupid. there was people who lived before religion right? or how about the people who are forced to be atheists (north korea) do they all go to hell because they didnt have a chance or because of ignorance? everyone is the religion they are because they were born into it! open your minds people there are the obvious morals, ethics and common principle that one should have and this is what you will be judged on. religion is never a bad thing it is proven that having spiritual faith is very healthy but dont force your beliefs on anyone else this is why I think the "Bible Belivers" are wrong there only intentions are to stir up trouble by disrespecting muslims they are not even protesting anything! all they are doing is taunting them. this is morally wrong.
Greg Shlapak June 19, 2012 at 04:12 AM
Hey folks, first for Nina, calling Muslims hell bound is qualified by the first statement, "if Jesus is really the Savior"..... We are charged with telling everyone that if they won't. Give their life to Jesus, repent and believe, they will go to hell. This is the duty of every Christian. You don't have to embrace this to understand this is what our faith demands of us, we are His ambassadors, messengers, don't blame the message guys, read a bible you will find this is truly our duty to God and men. We believe God knows how to judge fairly those who have never heard, there are still,any believers In North Korea,though many have been slaughtered. Many people change religion, I did. More people are coming to Jesus worldwide than ever before , by very, very far (way more than ever!) well, look around compare Jesus to the competition, the results are sooooooooooooo etc. for ever obvious, Jesus shames all competition this world has, will ever see. Better wise up, He is returning!
Greg Shlapak June 19, 2012 at 04:21 AM
Also, it may look like taunting, I agree. The message is there although it may not be as clear as it could be, no doubt. They are trying to get attention, probably, is this too rude? They will have to answer to God, but these folks are not pansies, they are used to turning away while dad beats on whomever, or honor killings go out, slay the infidel, etc. these guys were doing what they felt led to do, that is between God and them as far as technique. Lee, do you know what the law says about freedom of speech? That is what matters, sounds like you are ready to interpret this and dictate to all of us your personal take, like you are the Supreme Court. Speech clearly includes preaching, this was the original purpose, back in the day. People are free to speak out publicly, raising their voice in the public square, where people are, on public property.
Greg Shlapak June 19, 2012 at 04:23 AM
Referring to dad beating the family and honor killings, I was talking about the Muslims, not the street preachers, I was not very clear, my apologies
Lee Jacobsen June 19, 2012 at 03:46 PM
Greg, first, arguing about religion is a futile endeavor. You have your views, others have theirs. When your views encroach in my space, on my property, you are out of line. The Surpreme Court determines just how far the public sidewalk can encroach, and vocals , in my opinion, cross that boundary. Vocals and Street preaching? Of course street preachers beat up defenseless folk, see herehttp://www.beacononlinenews.com/news/daily/4947 You would win far more converts by following one of Aesop's fables, soft and gentle wins over loud and forceful, especially when trying to change a person's view. http://www.angelfire.com/fl/EeirensFaerieTales/SunandWind.html Did they serve Kool-Aid at the Muslim festival? Did you try some? Cool and refreshing, isn't it?
Tishia Boyd June 29, 2012 at 05:48 AM
We are ALL God's children and He hurts over the lost children! There is a way to peacefully do this and show God's love! Many are gonna be surprised when they meet their maker! God's heart breaks over ALL the lost weather they are muslim, christian, or Jews. We are the ones who have named ourselves these things. He only calls us His children!!
Tishia Boyd June 29, 2012 at 06:00 AM
Greg Shlapak June 30, 2012 at 09:51 PM
Hey Lee, Jesus said to preach it, the Gospel, from the housetops, as followers of Jesus, we have to assume He knows best. He wants the whole world warned of the wrath of God that will fall on sinners who refuse His offer of complete forgiveness through Jesus death on the cross. He wants them all informed of this offer of mercy as soon as possible, that is His prerogative as creator of all things, you will have to argue with Him about it, I am only the messenger.
Lee Jacobsen July 01, 2012 at 05:11 AM
Hey Greg, Jesus didn't say to preach it 'loud' did he? We have to assume he knows best, and was a polite and charismatic person, not loud and brash, and, as followers of Jesus , you would want to emulate his proper example as messengers. Muslims also need to be polite, not like this chap in England, who is over excited about something apparently. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UPtUi_-YYiY&feature=related Also , be careful of 'blind faith' in your following. Mr Jones was a follower of Jesus as well, and 900 plus folk assumed he was a special messenger, like you, and followed his preaching to their demise, an early exit to the gates of heaven you might say. Jones didn't take the kool aid that he poisoned his followers with, but shot himself in the head instead, a coward's way out. Does that mean Jones isn't saved? Read about it here http://www.raptureready.com/rr-kool-aid.html
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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