Dearborn Should Wake up to Creeping Islamic Shariah Law

Gina Miller

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The Thomas More Law Center is again coming to the defense of a wrongfully persecuted Christian.  This whole story sounds like something that might happen in another country, but it’s happening right here in the United States.  As the Law Center reports,

“Standing barely 5 feet tall, 18-year old Negeen Mayel, whose parents escaped from Afghanistan after the Russian invasion, couldn’t escape the clutches of the Dearborn, Michigan Police Department.  Her crime: she was a Christian publicly filming her fellow Christian missionaries discussing the Gospel with Muslims at last year’s annual Dearborn Arab Festival, and she didn’t turn off her camera quick enough after a police officer ordered her to do so.

Negeen Mayel was convicted in the Dearborn District Court of failure to obey a police officer’s order.  Astonishingly, at the trial, the officer admitted that the filming by Mayel was in fact not a crime.”

On the surface of this, we might tend to automatically think that since the policeman told her to do something, then he must be in the right, but that is not necessarily so.  In fact, in this case, the cop was dead wrong.  This happened last June during an Arab Muslim festival where the City of Dearborn proclaims freedom of speech only exists in certain places on the public streets and sidewalks.  That is blatantly unconstitutional.

Islamic Center of America, Dearborn, Michigan (Photo credit: Anne B. Hood)

Dearborn, Michigan, a suburb of Detroit, reportedly has around 30,000 Muslim residents, out of about a 100,000 total population, as of the 2000 census.  I believe this is an Islamic “test place” for the invasion of Shariah law in the United States.  The Muslims seem to be running the show there, or to at least have an inordinate influence in city matters, which is resulting in favorable treatment of Islamists over Christians.  As the Law Center article reads,

“Dearborn is considered home to the largest Muslim population in America.  As a result, many City officials, including the Mayor, engage in official action solely to please this significant voting bloc.  In this case, police effectively replaced our constitutional guarantees of Free Speech with Sharia law, which forbids Christians to proselytize Muslims.”

This is not just an outrage, it’s also chilling.  Many of us know that the Islamists intend nothing less than the global domination of Islamic Shariah law.  It appears Dearborn is an Islamic stronghold right here in America, and the people of Dearborn, Michigan  had better wake up to the creeping Shariah that is invading the area.

Thank God for the Thomas More Law Center and their tireless fight against anti-Christianity all across our nation.  They are appealing this wrongful conviction of Ms. Mayel, who is a member of the Christian group, Acts 17 Apologetics.  As reported,

“Last week, the Thomas More Law Center (TMLC) filed its opening brief with the Wayne County Circuit Court, seeking to overturn her conviction.  Mayel was one of four Christian missionaries originally arrested for preaching the Gospel at the 2010 Arab Festival in Dearborn, Michigan.

All four Christians were charged with Breach of the Peace for discussing their faith with Muslims at the Festival.  All four were acquitted by a jury.  However, Negeen Mayel was also charged with ‘failure to obey’ for not turning off her video camera when told to do so by a Dearborn police officer.  The officer then forcefully grabbed Negeen’s arm and camera, placed her in handcuffs, and had her locked-up in the city jail.”

This is simply unbelievable.  I have read about this case and others in Dearborn.  These people were not disturbing the peace, but the police and security are on the side of the Islamists and actively worked to create an excuse to expel and arrest the missionaries.  Christians are being silenced in Dearborn, Michigan.  The Islamists are somehow getting police and city officials to side with them over Christians.  The mayor of Dearborn is even under the sway of the Islamists.  After the arrests of the Christians, the mayor released a statement attacking the Christians and claiming that they were the ones attacking the City of Dearborn.

In part, he wrote,

“The City of Dearborn has been under attack for several years by a group identifying themselves as Acts 17 Apologetics. They arrive in Dearborn with the intent to disrupt a local cultural festival and misrepresent facts in order to further their mission of raising funds through emotional response. The funds they raise are then used to finance travel and cameras to disrupt other events in other cities.

 

…In addition to the booths, we have a free speech zone at the festival for those that want free access to the festival to promote their message. This space was utilized this past year by two different Christian groups who were allowed to preach and proselytize the entire weekend without any interference. Acts 17 Apologetics did not mention this either, even though they were within 30 feet of this space when they pretended to be arrested.”

“We have a free speech zone”?  I have news for the mayor.  The entire United States of America is a “free speech zone.”  These Christians are trying to call attention to the deplorable state of freedom for Christians in Dearborn by choosing to practice their God-given constitutional rights to share their beliefs with those around them at a Muslim festival which was free and open to the public.  The Islamists are winning in Dearborn, and they must be stopped.

Back in July of 2009, World Net Daily’s Brian Fitzpatrick reported on the ousting of a Christian wrestling coach who had been on the staff of the Dearborn public schools for 35-years,

“A high school hall-of-fame and Christian wrestling coach in Dearborn, Mich., claims he was muscled out of his long-tenured coaching job by the school’s principal, a devout Muslim, because the administrator was furious over a student wrestler who had converted to Christianity from Islam.

Gerald Marszalek has coached wrestling for 35 years at Dearborn Public Schools, amassing more than 450 wins and, in addition to being added to the Michigan High School Athletic Association Hall of Fame, was named ‘Sportsman of the Year’ by the All-American Athletic Association.

Despite Marszalek’s success, however, Principal Imad Fadlallah of Dearborn’s Fordson High School ordered the administration not to renew the coach’s contract, allegedly in retaliation over the student’s conversion and to continue a campaign of flushing Christianity out of the school.

‘We are getting a glimpse of what happens when Muslims who refuse to accept American values and principles gain political power in an American community,’ said Richard Thompson, president and chief counsel of the Thomas More Law Center, which is representing Marszalek. ‘Failure to renew coach Marszalek’s contract had nothing to do with wrestling and everything to do with religion.’

Marszalek is suing both the principal and the school in the U.S. District Court of Eastern Michigan, seeking back pay, injunctive and declaratory relief, damages, and to be reinstated as coach of the wrestling team.”

This is also a despicable story.  The Islamist principal was reportedly on a campaign to eradicate Christian teachers and coaches from the school he ran and make it a Muslim-run school, as the news story goes on to detail.  According to the school’s website, that man is no longer the principal, but another Muslim now holds the position.

In the case of Negeen Mayel, the Law Center will hopefully prevail in having this unjust conviction against her overturned.  As reported,

“The Law Center’s brief argues that the conviction must be overturned because the arresting police officer lacked any information that Mayel was involved in criminal activity when she was seized by the officer, in violation of the Constitution.  According to the brief filed with the Circuit Court, the police officer’s order ‘to shut off her camera and remain with him for questioning directly violated [Mayel’s] constitutional rights.  Consequently, [she] cannot be criminally charged nor convicted for disobeying an unconstitutional—and thus unlawful—police order.’

Read the Law Center’s brief here.

Robert Muise, TMLC’s Senior Trial Counsel who is handling the matter, stated, ‘The arresting officer’s actions and the actions of the Dearborn police department are textbook examples of civil rights violations of the highest order.  Consequently, when a conviction is based on the actions of a police officer that violate fundamental constitutional rights, as in this case, that conviction must be reversed, lest our constitutional freedoms be rendered meaningless platitudes subject to the will of police officials.’”

We’re seeing these kinds of stories more and more across our nation.   Dearborn and the Detroit area are hotbeds for Islamization, and unless the America-loving patriots who live in that area put a stop to it, the Islamists will prevail.

The Thomas More Law Center is doing its best to fight the injustices that are occurring as Islam is given favored status over Christianity.  We must not allow this to stand.  As a not-for-profit organization, the Law Center warriors rely on the American people to give generously to help them continue their work.  By giving money to the Thomas More Law Center, we can do a small part to help stop the spread of detestable Islamic Shariah law in our country, where it does not belong.

Gina Miller, a native of Texas, is a radio commentator and disc jockey. She also works with her husband installing and repairing residential irrigation systems and doing landscaping on the Mississippi Gulf Coast.

86 Responses to “Dearborn Should Wake up to Creeping Islamic Shariah Law”

  1. Oh, I have an idea. Let’s just take all of the Muslims, black, white, and middle eastern, and put them in one designated area so that we may observe everything that they do. If they get out of hand, we just eradicate them. Sound familiar?

    Yes, all Muslims are terrorists, accept for the 94% that are not.

    “According to FBI files, which can be accessed through fbi.gov, only 6 percent of terrorists are Muslim. The remaining percentage of terrorist attacks on U.S. territory includes: Latinos at 42 percent, extreme Left Wing groups at 24 percent, Jewish extremists at 7 percent, Communists at 5 percent, and other terrorist organizations at 16 percent.”

    Shocking, I know.

  2. I don’t think we really need to do that with the Muslims, do you?

    Rather, I think it’s adequate to simply extend to them the same freedom of religion all religions have enjoyed in America…and not give them special “5-block no-free-speech” zones like the one called for in Dearborn.

    I also don’t think anyone said all Muslims are terrorists. But virtually all the terrorist acts committed against the United States in the last 30 years have been committed by, well, Muslims.

    We’d be a fool to ignore that fact.

  3. I don’t think we really need to do that with the Muslims, do you?

    Rather, I think it’s adequate to simply extend to them the same freedom of religion all religions have enjoyed in America…and not give them special “5-block no-free-speech” zones like the one called for in Dearborn.

    I also don’t think anyone said all Muslims are terrorists. But virtually all the terrorist acts committed against the United States in the last 30 years have been committed by, well, Muslims.

    We’d be a fool to ignore that fact.

  4. You can believe what you want but your statements are inflammatory and just wrong. Visit the Arab Lutheran Church in the area and see what they are doing in the community before you sit a thousand miles away and pontificate.

  5. Watch the video. You’ll find that you are wrong.

  6. “Arab Lutheran Church”? Isn’t that an oxymoron?

    Tell me where exactly my statements are “just wrong” about the Dearborn/Detroit area Islamic Shariah Muslim invasion.

  7. Gina is an advocate of religious tolerance. That would be an excellent definition of the word oxymoron.

  8. SDA, did you notice when the stuffing leaked out yo ears?

  9. Religious tolerance? What are you talking about?

    If you’re referring to my sarcastic reply of “Arab Lutheran Church,” you obviously missed my meaning.

    In case you don’t know, it’s a death sentence to leave Islam.

  10. I’d like to offer a brief correction to Brian. He seems to think that since there was a complaint against the missionaries, police had a right to order Negeen to stop filming. This is false. Negeen wasn’t accused of anything illegal, and so, while police are free to walk up to her and ask her a question, legally she should have been entirely free to leave. Police can only detain someone if they have a reasonable suspicion that the person has committed, is committing, or is about to commit a crime. Officer Kapanowski admitted during the trial that Negeen was only accused of filming someone on a public street, which is perfectly legal. Thus, he had no right to detain her, order her to turn off her camera, grab her, seize her property, or take her to jail. The officer’s actions violated Negeen’s First and Fourth Amendment rights, which is why he’s about to be sued.

  11. Brian, David Wood has written a reply to you. If he is the same David Wood–which I’ll bet he is–he is one of the Christian missionaries involved in this case and you saw in the videos. His comment is at the bottom of this thread.

  12. David, thank you for these comments.

    I pray the Lord blesses and keeps you and your friends and the bold work you do for the Kingdom of Heaven with your missionary group. May He give Negeen a victory over these false charges.

    ~Gina Miller

  13. Thanks Gina !

  14. HEY !

  15. All what you say may be true. I don’t know because I wasn’t there. The videos have been edited and don’t show everythung that happened from beginning to end .

    You say that the police shouldn’t have arrested Negeen, but wasn’t Negeen truly part of the missionaries ? If so, the Police have a right to ask Negeen to stop filming in order to comply with answering questions and coorperating with the investigation. Negeen, again one of the missionaries I mind you, refused to coorporate and was arrested for that reason. .

    Negeen WAS part of the missionaries group and thus should comply with police to answer them

    But my other point is the idea expressed by some that ALL these police were somehow all in collusion because they are really pro-Islam and anti-Christian. I understand the sensitivities of this issue, but I think accusing the police of being part of some conspiracy plan is going way to far especially when not a one of us knows their personal beliefs which I doubt are vigorously pro-Muslim

  16. Brian,

    You just don’t know the law. If one person in a group breaks the law (and none of us did), this doesn’t give police the right to detain everyone in the group. The Supreme Court has repeatedly said the exact opposite of what you’re saying. Negeen wasn’t accused of any crime. Police can only detain a person who is suspected of having committed a crime. The math here isn’t difficult. Police can ask someone like Negeen a question, but they cannot order her to stop filming, or grab her, or seize her property, or throw her in jail. Show me a Supreme Court ruling that says otherwise. Or just Google the Fourth Amendment.

    With that said, police testified at our trial that we were not arrested based on any complaint. They arrested us based on the crowd that was gathering around us. But this is a further violation of our rights. You can’t arrest someone who draws a crowd at a public festival. Muslims were asking Nabeel questions. That doesn’t mean police get to arrest Nabeel. Paul and I were there holding cameras. Why arrest us?

    I’m not sure why you have such a problem with the Constitution, or with the rights it protects. But do you really think that all of this has nothing to do with Islam? Dearborn police come up to us while we’re having a peaceful discussion with Muslims, and they throw the Christians (not the Muslims) in jail. These were Muslims who had approached us to ask questions. Is it just a coincidence in your mind that police went after the Christians, but not the Muslims?

  17. Brian, David Wood wrote back to you again down below. I don’t know if Disqus sent you the e-mail.

    I want to say, Brian, that I know in my heart these kids are not lying, and the law of the United States of America is on their side.

    I know you will say, “I hear what you say, David, but since I was not there, I can’t know.” But, I would say to you that you CAN know. There are actually honest people in the world, though they are few.

    Don’t “automatically” discount what David says, because you are so welded to your hellish, communist mindset, Brian.

  18. Well let me be honest and ask something. . Did you guys go to this event entirely to learn and spread your immense love and Christ’s love to the Muslims without deep down inside also wanting to ‘ stir the pot ‘ a tad. Now, take your time to honestly answer and search your soul, before answering before your God.

    Also,I found your last sentence quite telling about what might go on in your mind. You claim police ‘ went after the christians and not the Muslims’. So you believe the police are also in this conspiracy against your religion? If that is so, is it the entire Dearborn police department , half the police force or just these officers ? Please answer that for me.

  19. Well let me be honest and ask something. . Did you guys go to this event entirely to learn and spread your immense love and Christ’s love to the Muslims without deep down inside also wanting to ‘ stir the pot ‘ a tad. Now, take your time to honestly answer and search your soul, before answering before your God.

    Also,I found your last sentence quite telling about what might go on in your mind. You claim police ‘ went after the christians and not the Muslims’. So you believe the police are also in this conspiracy against your religion? If that is so, is it the entire Dearborn police department , half the police force or just these officers ? Please answer that for me.

  20. Well let me be honest and ask something. . Did you guys go to this event entirely to learn and spread your immense love and Christ’s love to the Muslims without deep down inside also wanting to ‘ stir the pot ‘ a tad. Now, take your time to honestly answer and search your soul, before answering before your God.

    Also,I found your last sentence quite telling about what might go on in your mind. You claim police ‘ went after the christians and not the Muslims’. So you believe the police are also in this conspiracy against your religion? If that is so, is it the entire Dearborn police department , half the police force or just these officers ? Please answer that for me.

  21. David

    ALL what you say might well be true,I don’t know, but what amazes me is no one is interested in hearing the policemens personal views , beliefs, life ideologies, etc. but just have decided to throw them under the conspiratorial bus of them favoring Islam over Christianity.

    We are hearing your personal account of what happened. We shouldn’t judge the police until we hear the police’s whole story outside of the courts and also outside the police department’s rules of no talking about legal issues. We have personally heard from you which I appreciate, but now I want to hear from the police to make a rational, informed decision.

    I think that is wise. Don’t you.

  22. David

    ALL what you say might well be true,I don’t know, but what amazes me is no one is interested in hearing the policemens personal views , beliefs, life ideologies, etc. but just have decided to throw them under the conspiratorial bus of them favoring Islam over Christianity.

    We are hearing your personal account of what happened. We shouldn’t judge the police until we hear the police’s whole story outside of the courts and also outside the police department’s rules of no talking about legal issues. We have personally heard from you which I appreciate, but now I want to hear from the police to make a rational, informed decision.

    I think that is wise. Don’t you.

  23. Brian,

    (1) We’ve heard the police’s story. We heard it in court, when they tried to get us convicted of “breach of peace.” I was standing at a public festival, holding a video camera (as were many Muslims). Police didn’t go after a single Muslim. They only went after Christians who were holding video cameras. Nabeel was having a peaceful discussion with several Muslims. Not one of the Muslims was arrested, or even questioned. The police lied about us repeatedly and argued that we were inciting a riot. Fortunately, we had video footage of what really happened, which is why we were found “not guilty.” You keep asking how I can conclude that what the police did had anything to do with Islam. I’ll ask again. If there’s a large group consisting of Christians and Muslims, and police show up and arrest only the Christians (who aren’t doing anything unlawful), how can you not conclude that this has something to do with a bias against Christians, or special treatment for Muslims? If a group of blacks and whites were having a conversation, and police showed up and arrested only the blacks, and the whites were free to leave, would it be a leap to conclude that race had something to do with the decision?

    (2) You don’t seem to understand why police would target Christians in Dearborn. You seem to think that such behavior would require police to be radical Muslims themselves. If they’re not radical Muslims, you conclude that there would be no reason for them to go after us. This is just nonsense. A third of Dearborn citizens are Muslims, and in the area we were in, the percentage is much higher. Police want to have the trust of the community, which in this case is Muslim. What better way to win the favor of the community than arresting Christians? What better way to destroy the community’s trust than arresting Muslims? Hence, it’s in the police’s interest to arrest us, and to let Muslims go free. Unfortunately for the Dearborn police, such behavior on their part is entirely illegal (which is why they’re being sued).

    (3) You ask whether we were simply there to share the love of Christ. No. There was more to it than that. When we entered the festival, we gave a list of many reasons for being at the festival. Gina has already linked to the videos discussing our reasons for being at the festival. Which reasons do you object to? Or which reasons would justify arresting us?

    (4) If you’d like a complete summary of the events in Dearborn, I’ve put one together here:

    http://www.answeringmuslims.com/p/dearborn.html

    (5) Bottom line (and I can’t emphasize this enough). We were having a peaceful discussion, and police rounded us up and threw us in jail. They didn’t throw everyone in jail, only the Christians. And yet many Americans (including you) find it absolutely absurd to think that the arrests were motivated by anything other than proper police procedure. Quite disturbing.

  24. ” Hellish, communist mindset ” ? You are drinking too much of Keith’s home brew.

    There is not a person, Christian or not, that hasn’t lied. I am not saying David is lying, but I am saying that you or anyone else can’t claim to ABSOLUTELY know if what a person tells youis true or false, unless you are in their heads.

    Have you ever absolutely believed with all your heart that someone was telling you the truth ,only to find out you were wrong ?

  25. I’m an ex-cop who still has many friends who are cops, so I’m about as likely as anyone you’ll find to be sympathetic to these policemen and the police point of view. I know the kind of unfair crap they get from all side because I’ve received plenty of it myself.

    But all I have to do is watch the video and see that this doesn’t add up. It isn’t right, and the Christians were clearly mistreated here.

    I think it’s entirely possible (likely actually) that the police were pressured into their actions by politically correct superiors (I’ve been in those shoes more than once, too), but whether the cops did it all on their own or were badgered into it by their superiors, the Christians here here harassed and had their rights violated, period.

  26. I could not drink enough of Keith’s home brew to ever agree with your worldview.

    I’ve been lied to, but usually by non-Christians. As I said, I firmly believe the word of these Christians, and that’s that.

  27. My ‘ World View ‘ is to treat people with kindness and do no harm ,if at all possible. Why would you never agree with that ?

  28. The arrest for ‘ breach of peace ‘ does appear to have been misquided and wrong and I have never debated that. But don’t pretend that the filmer ( Negeen I believe) was just just some bystander who happened to film the goings on. Negeen was one of your group-again one of your group,should have coorporated with the investigation and when ask to quit filming to answer questions about an official police investigation, should have done so . Surely you aren’t against the police trying to get the facts

    Again my complaint is how quickly the right wing evangelicals immediately threw the police under the bus and claimed to even know the police’s motives-one of which is that the police were Muslim sympathizers. .

    You keep avoiding my point. Again, the arrest for breach of peace appears to be an error by the police but that happens. My teatotaler daughter was got arrested and booked for a DUI and was later exonerated. I don’t know what motivated that policeman, but neither myself or my daughter were saying he did it because he was trying to persecute her.

  29. The arrest for ‘ breach of peace ‘ does appear to have been misquided and wrong and I have never debated that. But don’t pretend that the filmer ( Negeen I believe) was just just some bystander who happened to film the goings on. Negeen was one of your group-again one of your group,should have coorporated with the investigation and when ask to quit filming to answer questions about an official police investigation, should have done so . Surely you aren’t against the police trying to get the facts

    Again my complaint is how quickly the right wing evangelicals immediately threw the police under the bus and claimed to even know the police’s motives-one of which is that the police were Muslim sympathizers. .

    You keep avoiding my point. Again, the arrest for breach of peace appears to be an error by the police but that happens. My teatotaler daughter was got arrested and booked for a DUI and was later exonerated. I don’t know what motivated that policeman, but neither myself or my daughter were saying he did it because he was trying to persecute her.

  30. Bob

    I am sure and also know you are correct that police are under all sorts of pressure and have and do make some erroneous arrests due to that pressure. But again my point is in order to make that claim or say that you know that is the case as some have, one must have proof . Some police could even be muslim sympathizers, but again to make that claim or say one knows that is true, one must have proof. I see no proof of that here. .

    I might also take exception to the claim that watching an edited video ,which didn’t show the entire occurance as it unrolled from beginning to end, is ALL the evidence you need to make a judgement call.

    I would guess the laws aginst police harassment are steep and bet the police department has stringent punishments for it. So if you feel these police harassed the christians as you stated above, then you must advocate them losing their jobs which is the punishment for police harassment

  31. I advocate that they be punished appropriately for whatever their level of culpability may be, based on political pressure from above.

    But my eyes seldom lie to me: the Christians in this incident were treated wrong.

  32. That’s not your worldview in its entirety, Brian. Many times I have tried in vain to explain deeper truths to you, but you won’t have it. There is nothing I can say to you.

  33. David, you did an excellent job in Friday’s debate with the maniacal Choudary. I was astonished that his head did not fall off from “lying his head off.”

    Debate video is here and on the front page of the website.
    http://www.answeringmuslims.com/2011/02/anjem-choudary-vs-david-wood-would.html

    This same Anjem Choudary is planning a protest at the White House for the spread of Shariah in America.
    http://www.foxnews.com/us/2011/02/20/muslim-cleric-plans-protest-outside-white-house-attempt-spread-sharia-law/#

    I heard he is on the no-fly list, so I’m not sure if he can make to our country.

  34. Oh, man! You’re in the thick of it!

    I pray the Lord keeps you strong. Stay the course, and He will keep you, as you know.