Sharia Law in Dearborn?According to the Detroit News,
A group that aims to convert Muslims to Christianity has sued the city of Dearborn and its Police Department, claiming the city is violating its free speech and religious rights by limiting its access to patrons at this weekend's 14th annual Dearborn Arab International Festival.In Islamic countries under Sharia law the penalty for proselytizing any religion except the Religion of Peace, is death. Fortunately they haven't gone that far in Dearborn yet.
The group, Arabic Christian Perspective, filed a lawsuit Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Detroit, alleging its rights were violated when Dearborn police told the group its members would not be able to walk freely through the festival's four- to five-block area passing out literature promoting Christianity over Islam. Organizers want to confine the group to a designated area, the lawsuit said.
In fairness (a concept unknown in the Islamic world) to the city of Dearborn, the article also reports that,
Festival organizers say the issue is not about religion.But,
"We have Christian and Muslim groups that have information booths (at the festival)," said Fay Beydoun, the executive director for the American Arab Chamber of Commerce in Dearborn, one of the groups organizing the event. Arabic Christian Perspective is welcome to rent a booth as well, she said, but the group has not contacted her organization.
Beydoun said it would be a safety issue to have large numbers of people passing out fliers during the festival.The safety issue thing sounds shady. How would these flyers be dangerous? Oh yeah, they promote Christianity to Muslims. That could cause dangerous thinking patterns to arise. And will there be a large number of people passing out flyers? I think not.
I've actually wanted to go to one of these things for years, but I never have. If I get my act together, I might go down there. And then I will report back.