Exclusive: Dearborn’s “Sharia Law” Christians On Trial

by PAUL L. WILLIAMS, PHD July 13, 2010
The arraignment of four Christian missionaries on criminal charges will get underway today in the 19th Judicial District Court at 16077 Michigan Avenue in Dearborn, Michigan in what has been described as police enforcement of Sharia law in an American city dominated by a large Muslim population.
 
To cries of "Allah Akbar" from the Muslim crowd, the four Christian missionaries were arrested on June 18, 2010 by Dearborn Police officers at the Annual Arab International Festival. 
 
One of the arrested missionaries, according to the Thomas More Law Center was Dr. Nabeel Qureshi, MD, who purportedly attempted to engage in peaceful dialogue with several Muslim youths. 
 
The other three missionaries reportedly were videotaping the conversation, before the police seized their cameras and hauled them off to a detention cell. 
 
The Dearborn Police have refused requests from The Thomas More Law Center to view the video at the scene of their arrest, which the missionaries claimed would completely exonerate them of any wrongdoing. 
 
The Thomas More Law Center is a national public interest law firm with headquarters in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
 
Richard Thompson, President and Chief Counsel of the Thomas More Law Center, commented,
 
"It's evident that the Dearborn Police department was more interested in placating Muslims than obeying our Constitution. These Christians were exercising their Constitutional rights to free speech and the free exercise of religion, but apparently in a city where the Muslim population seems to dominate the political apparatus, Sharia law trumps our Constitution."
 
Thus far, police and prosecutors have refused to return the illegally seized cameras and video tapes.  They have also refused to provide the Law Center with the police reports of the incident despite repeated requests.
 
Arrested on charges of Breach of the Peace are Negeen Mayel, Dr. Nabeel Qureshi, Paul Rezkalla and David Wood. 
 
Ms. Mayel, a newly arrived emigre from Afghanistan and recent convert from Islam to Christianity, was also charged with failure to obey a police officer's orders.
 
Mr. Thompson added, "Not all police officers approve of the way their department treated these Christians."
 
Robert Muise, Senior Trial Counsel with the Law Center, will represent the Christian missionaries when they appear before District Judge Mark W. Somers.
 
FamilySecurityMatters.org Contributing EditorPaul L. Williams is the author of The Day of Islam: The Annihilation of America and the Western World, The Al Qaeda Connection, and other best-selling books. He is a frequent guest on such national news networks as ABC News, CBS News, Fox News, MSNBC, and NPR. Visit his website at http://thelastcrusade.org.
 
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