During the Muslim festival, in Dearborn, Michigan, a small group of Evangelical Christians gathered to evangelize with signs, shirts, and voices.
In return for their evangelism, a group of young Muslim men and women allegedly returned the Christian evangelism by throwing empty water bottles and other items, as well as called the Christians various foul words, according to the evangelists. The Evangelical Christians are claiming they were stoned by Muslims in Dearborn, Michigan.
Allegedly, the Christians filed a complaint at the police department against the officers who, according to the Christians, did nothing to protect them from the Muslim abuse. Along with the complaint, the Christians turned in a copy of the video they took of the young people throwing various items and name-calling.
Deputy Chief Jaafar immediately got into the camera frame and said, “It’s not your call, we’ve been very gentle and very very respectful to you and you are jeopardizing public safety. And you need to understand it’s gone overboard. We don’t have the coverage to protect you and if we have two officers who can protect you it would work great but it’s impossible to do so. Your attracting a crowd and your affecting public safety, you need to understand that.” Chief Jaafar then told Chief Richardson to take over from here and left the scene rudely without listening to Mr. Israel’s response.
The Christians are asking for assault and battery charges against those who threw various items at them during the incident, due to the injuries they allegedly suffered. Ruben Israel, apparently the one doing most of the talking to the police in their video, was one of the people allegedly injured from the young people and arrested at the Arab Festival.
According to the The United West website’s statement, “The message is that Dearborn Law enforcement will turn the other way when violence is inflicted on non-Muslims and that freedom of speech will be silenced in the no-go zone of Dearborn, MI.”
The group is asking people of Dearborn to get involved and remind that police that Sharia is not the law of the United States.
The Tea Party website, Infowars, Act for America, and Conservative Papers, along with other Right Wing groups, appear the only ones covering this issue, claiming that authorities are allowing Islam to take over the United States and that "Muslims stoned Christians" at the event. Very few Left Wing groups or major news sources, except ABC and local news, picked up the story and reported on it.
According to the Global Christian Post, the police arrested ten people during the violent exchange between Muslims and Evangelical Christians at the Arab Festival.
The largest public gathering of Arab-Americans in the U.S. turned violent this weekend in Dearborn, Mich., as members of a Christian missionary group protested the event, reportedly using a severed pig's head and condemning signs to convey their message.
"You're going to burn in hell," one Christian protester reportedly told an Arab-American group, while other protesters held up signs reading "Islam is a religion of blood and murder" and "Muhammad is a … liar, false prophet, murderer, child molesting pervert."
The Christian group evangelizing are part of a group called “Bible Believers”, who came from all over the United States. Reuben Israel, one of the people allegedly injured and arrested, came from California specifically to protest the Arab Festival.
Israel, who runs the website Official Street Preachers, warned that if the protesting Christians were not protected, or if they were arrested for protesting that there would be "a big lawsuit."
"We're here in Dearbornbecause they have issues with free speech," he told local news station WXYZ-TV. "When you arrest men for passing out literature, you're going to get guys like us."
Muslims and other Dearborn residents at the festival, reportedly angered by what they saw as a hateful protest, retaliated and threw bottles at the controversial Christian group. Some counter-protesters yelled "Allahu-Akbar," which means "God is the greatest." The Detroit Free Press reported that a Christian protester yelled back, "Jesus Akbar."
The Christian group stated they came to peacefully protest the event and claim that the Muslims started the violence.
The Christian Post reports that things turned violent on Sunday, during the three day Arab Festival.
The Detroit Free Press stated there were other Christian groups at the festival passing out fliers urging Muslims to accept Jesus and wearing “I [heart] Muslims”. One of the Christian missionaries at the festival yelled at the Muslims, “You’re gonna burn in Hell!”
About a dozen with the group stood facing the festival on Friday with signs that made bigoted remarks about Islam and its prophet, Mohammed. One of the missionaries had a pig’s head mounted on a pole that he displayed in front of his group. Muslims don’t eat pigs because their faith teaches that the animal is unclean.
Some of the signs the missionaries held read: "Islam is a religion of blood and murder" and "Muhammad (Islam's prophet) is a … liar, false prophet, murderer, child molesting pervert."
During an Islamic sermon, an Imam allegedly cautioned the parents, telling them to they could potentially be targets of conversion, “Be careful. … They could be taken (spiritually) from us.”
ABC News reported that the Evangelical Christians taunted the Muslims, but the Christians insisted the Muslims attacked first.
"And they [police] arrest one of our guys. I don’t know if they know what they’re doing,” protest organizer Ruben Israel said. “When we go back and report what happened, next year there could be a hundred of us out here.”
Kaseeem Allie with the Islamic Center of America said he thinks it’s unfortunate that a festival designed to bring people together saw such chaos.
“I think that our community has done a good job in not reacting in the way that they wanted, outside of a few minor incidents,” Allie told WXYZ. “This festival is designed for people to have fun, to celebrate and enjoy their background and cultures. And for someone to come in and make something negative out of it is very unfortunate.”
According to ABC News, Dearborn has the highest concentration of Arab-Americans in the United States and according to the 2010 census comprises 42% of the population, which makes Dearborn “the flashpoint of conflict” between Muslims and Christians.
“And they [police] arrest one of our guys, I don’t know if they know what they’re doing,” said Ruben Israel, protestor organizer.
WXYZ news reported that the Dearborn Police arrested a man they say started the riot, one of the ‘Bible Believers’ protestors, but protest organizers insist that the police arrested the wrong man. The ‘Bible Believers’ insist it was another person who started the violence by punching members of their group. However, many at the festival believe the protestors stood for hatred.
WXYZ news’ footage of the violence, which occurred at the festival, is shown below. More videos about the violence at the festival, with one reporter stating someone hit her with a water bottle, can be seen on WXYZ. One video showed a ‘Bible Believer’ saying that they were there to remind people that United States is a Christian Nation, not a Muslim Nation, and claim "Jesus as Lord".
Below is the footage the Evangelical Christians took of the violence that occurred at the festival and spreading around the internet, accusing the Muslims of starting the violence.