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Reuters: A Michigan-based Islamist preacher whose online sermons have been a leading source of inspiration for foreign fighters in Syria is free to return to social media after restrictions on his Internet use lapsed.
Detroit Free Press: “Some Muslim parents are concerned about public schools in Dearborn handing out flyers to all students advertising an Easter egg hunt, saying it violates the principle of church and state separation.”
Detroit Free Press: “A Muslim American man from Ypsilanti has won a nearly $1.2-million jury award after successfully arguing he was harassed, taunted and discriminated against at work because of his religion, race and appearance — most notably, his long beard.”
CBS Detroit: “A federal judge has dismissed a conservative Christian advocacy group’s lawsuit against a Muslim rights organization over the cancellation of a speech by an anti-Muslim speaker at a southwestern Michigan school.” The opinion in Agema v. City of Allegen is here (via CAIR).
Reliigion Clause Blog: In Stand Up America Now v. City of Dearborn, (ED MI, Aug. 30, 2013), a Michigan federal district court held unconstitutional Dearborn ordinances requiring applicants for a special event permit to sign an indemnification agreement, with terms established in the unfettered discretion of the the city’s legal department.
AFLC: Yesterday, the American Freedom Law Center (AFLC) filed a motion for summary judgment in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, asking the court to rule that the refusal of a Detroit-area transportation authority to run a “Leaving Islam” advertisement on its buses violated the U.S. Constitution.
Court Dismisses Suit Alleging Dearborn Teachers Were Discriminated Against Because They Were Not Muslim
Religion Clause Blog: In Purcell v. Fadlallah, (ED MI, July 17, 2013), a Michigan federal district court dismissed a lawsuit that had been brought by two teachers who claimed they suffered discrimination in the Dearborn, Michigan schools because they were neither Muslim nor Arab.
Sixth Circuit Asked to Overturn Federal Court Decision that Condoned “Benghazi-like” Attack on Christians
The American Freedom Law Center (AFLC) filed its opening brief on Friday in the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, asking the court to overturn a lower court’s dismissal of a civil rights lawsuit brought by several Christian evangelists who were violently attacked by a hostile mob of Muslims while preaching at an Arab festival last year in Dearborn, Michigan, which has the largest Muslim population in the United States.
Kyle Olsen at Townhall: How is the radical Council on American-Islamic Relations bending public school policy to its will? Two stories from Michigan tell the tale. From a CAIR press release . . .
Nation of Islam’s Louis Farrakhan wants to rebuild Detroit; he’ll meet City Council, speak at church
MLIVE.com: “Detroit is where the Nation of Islam started. Detroit is almost considered now, a dead city. So we’ll come back to Detroit where we began and look at the condition of Detroit, pool our resources and try to buy properties in Detroit and start rebuilding one of the greatest cities in America where we’re concerned.”
Religion Clause Blog: In Bible Believers v. Wayne County, (ED MI, May 14, 2013), a Michigan federal district court dismissed a suit for declaratory and injunctive relief and nominal damages brought by a group of traveling Christian evangelicals who were escorted away by police and threatened with dsorderly conduct citations at last year’s Arab International Festival in Dearborn, Michigan.
American Freedom Law Center: A Michigan federal judge today dismissed a civil rights lawsuit brought by several Christian evangelists who were violently assaulted by a hostile Muslim mob while preaching at an Arab festival last year in Dearborn, Michigan, which has the largest Muslim population in the United States. Video of the Muslim assault went viral on YouTube.
City of Dearborn Apologizes for Arresting Christians at 2010 Arab Festival; Settlement Reached in Lawsuit
American Freedom Law Center: After more than two years of intense motion practice and discovery, the City of Dearborn has agreed to enter into a settlement that includes a public apology for arresting several Christian missionaries who were peacefully preaching to Muslims at the Dearborn Arab International Festival in 2010.
AFLC: Yesterday, the American Freedom Law Center (AFLC) filed a motion for a preliminary injunction in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, requesting that the court issue an order preventing the Wayne County Sheriff and his deputies from restricting a group of Christian evangelists from displaying banners and signs with Christian messages on the public sidewalks during the 2013 Arab Festival to be held in Dearborn, Michigan.
American Freedom Law Center: The order permits AFLC, a nonprofit Judeo-Christian law firm representing the Christians, to amend its lawsuit to name as an additional defendant the American Arab Chamber of Commerce (AACC), which is the organization responsible for the conduct of the Dearborn Arab Festival, an event where the police and festival workers have historically discriminated against Christians.
Wall Street Journal: The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit said Thursday said that the side of the bus, in this case, wasn’t a public forum because the transit authority – Suburban Mobility Authority for Regional Transportation, or SMART – rejected all political advertisements. The state never opened the space for discourse. | American Freedom Defense Initiative v. Suburban Mobility Authority For
Detroit Free Press: Jones, who sparked international protests from Muslims over the burning of Islam’s holy book, intends to protest outside Edsel Ford High School, claiming that Muslim students are bullying non-Muslim students.
One News Now: Several Christians were at the festival in Wayne County, handing out leaflets and engaging people in conversations, when Muslims began throwing stones, bloodying some of them. But instead of jailing the attackers, attorney Rob Muise of the American Freedom Law Center (AFLC) says police threatened the Christians with arrest if they did not cease their activities.
The Church Report: On a prime piece of real estate in suburban Detroit stands a large, vacant elementary school with no vestiges of life — save for a tiny sign that identifies the building as the ‘future home’ of the Islamic Cultural Association.
New Evidence of Corruption Involving Sale of Michigan Public School Property to the Islamic Cultural Association
Thomas More Law Center: A stunning new development has come to light surrounding allegations of public corruption over the sale of Farmington Public Schools (FPS) property to the Islamic Cultural Association (ICA). On Wednesday, August 8th, Reverend Bruce D. Burwell, Senior Pastor of Light of the World Christian Center in West Bloomfield, read aloud a prepared statement on how the person in charge of FPS properties told him the property was not for sale when he expressed an interest in purchasing it for his church. FPS subsequently sold the vacant Eagle Elementary school property to the Islamic Cultural Association.
Warning: the video contains a lot of foul language
WorldNetDaily reports and embeds the video. The video has apparently been altered to include clips of President Obama at the beginning and end, but most of it shows the assault.
The Church Report: Christian missionaries reportedly taunted Muslims attending the annual Arab International Festival in Dearborn, Mich., telling them they would ‘burn in hell.’
Sacramento Bee: The Michigan chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MI) today called on the FBI to investigate a possible bias motive for a fire and hate graffiti targeting a building associated with a Dearborn mosque.
Religion Clause Blog: In Camp Retreats Foundation, Inc. v. Township of Marathon, (MI App., May 15, 2012), a Michigan state appellate court reversed the state’s Tax Tribunal and found that a Muslim summer camp is entitled to a property tax exemption as a charitable institution.
Detroit Free Press: Anti-Islam advocates from across the U.S. gathered Sunday in Dearborn for a conference to bring attention to what they say is a problem of Muslim honor killings.
Dearborn’s New Tactic to Stop Pastor Terry Jones Fails; Federal Judge Orders City to Allow Speech in Front of Mosque On Saturday
Late this morning, Detroit Federal District Judge, Denise Page Hood, granted the Thomas More Law Center’s motion for an Emergency Temporary Restraining Order and enjoined the City of Dearborn from requiring Pastor Jones to sign a Hold Harmless’ agreement before approving his application to speak in front of a mosque on Saturday, April 7th.
Thomas More Law Center Files Lawsuit: City of Dearborn Employs New Tactic to Silence Christian Pastor
Christian Newswire: Yesterday afternoon, the Thomas More Law Center (TMLC) filed a federal lawsuit in the Federal District Court against the City of Dearborn, and its police chief over the City’s new tactic to stop Pastor Terry Jones from speaking out against Sharia law.
Religion Clause Blog: . . . ordered the city of Dearborn to also pay $1 in nominal damages and to pay plaintiffs $103,401.96 is attorneys’ fees and costs.
Religion Clause: Nurse John Benitez Jr. was told by his female supervisor not to treat women wearing Muslim headscarves because their male family members did not want a male treating female patients. However Benitez disregarded this instruction when a doctor told him to treat a female patient. Benitez was subsequently fired.
Fox News: A male registered nurse and Vietnam war Army medic has sued the Detroit suburb of Dearborn, saying he was fired for disobeying a Muslim supervisor’s order not to treat women wearing conservative Islamic dress.
The Washington Post: Gay and Muslim groups say they are relieved after a Michigan lawmaker agreed to drop a provision in an anti-bullying bill that would have carved out an exemption for religious or moral beliefs.
MI: “Christian call to prayer riles Muslims: Mosques get warned to up security ahead of Ford Field event”
The Detroit News: The local head of a national Muslim civil rights group says a Christian prayer summit to be held at Ford Field next week promotes anti-Muslim sentiment and is warning local mosques to step up their security
Michigan Radio: An Islamic school may sue a Washtenaw County township over a zoning decision. The Pittsfield Township Board of Trustees last night turned down the Michigan Islamic Academy’s request for a zoning change that would have allowed the academy to build a new school in the township, just south of Ann Arbor.
Religion Clause: Yesterday, the U.S. 10th Circuit Court of Appeals heard oral arguments in Awad v. Ziriax, a case challenging the constitutionality of Oklahoma’s voter-approved constitutional amendment that bans state courts from considering international law or Shariah law.
Washington Times: Arab Christians here are trying to separate themselves from a boisterous Muslim community that has served as a punching bag for “terrorism” stereotypes since Sept. 11.
This past Friday, an angry, hate-filled, unruly, mostly Muslim mob of several hundred people broke through police barricades and rushed across the street toward Pastor Terry Jones while he was speaking in front of the Dearborn, Michigan City Hall. The mob was yelling and screaming, making obscene gestures, holding Korans, throwing shoes and water bottles at Pastor Jones and his supporters.
Press and Guide: Jones was thrown in jail before he said anything because of what may have happened. Thompson has said what happened in Jones’ case was a complete breach of the first amendment and that it cries for appeal. “It is ironic when an American citizen is arrested for wanting to say something, and the reason why they are arrested is because people are afraid of what other people might do when the man speaks and that makes it wrong.”
Wall Street Journal: Now, the law firm representing Jones, the conservative Thomas More Law Center, says it will file an appeal tomorrow challenging the court verdict as unconstitutional. Richard Thompson, chief counsel of the Thomas More Law Center, said the verdict amounted to a prior restraint of Jones’ First Amendment rights.
TwinCities.com: A federal judge on Wednesday shot down a Twin Cities charter school’s bid to dismiss an American Civil Liberties Union lawsuit claiming it promotes Islam, clearing the way for a summer trial.
Detroit Free Press: The ACLU of Michigan and others are slamming local authorities for trying to deny Pastor Terry Jones the right to protest outside the Islamic Center of America in Dearborn.
National Catholic Register: A high-profile clash between the city of Dearborn, Mich., and an evangelical group with outreach to Muslims is raising questions about the propriety of proselytism and whether American towns are accepting sharia law.
Eugene Volokh at the Volokh Conspiracy: This happened in American Freedom Defense Initiative v. Suburban Mobility Authority for Regional Transportation (SMART) (E.D. Mich., decided today). The ad said, “Fatwa on your head? Is your family or community threatening you? Leaving Islam? Got questions? Get answers!,” and included the Web site address “RefugeFromIslam.com.”
Thomas More Law Center Appeals Conviction of Young Christian Missionary Arrested at Dearborn Arab Festival
Thomas More Law Center: “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.”
Thomas More Law Center: “Last week, Judge Lawrence P. Zatkoff, a federal district court judge in Michigan, dismissed a constitutional challenge to the U.S. Government’s bailout of AIG, which used over a hundred million dollars in federal tax money to support Islamic religious indoctrination through the funding and promotion of Sharia-compliant financing (SCF). SCF is financing that follows the dictates of Islamic law.”
Eugene Volokh writing at The Volokh Conspiracy: “The opinion is Murray v. Geithner (E.D. Mich.), decided today). I think the result is quite right, for reasons I mentioned when the lawsuit was first filed, and when the court rejected the government’s motion to dismiss.”
Detroit Free Press: “An Ypsilanti man claimed the United States should not have bailed out AIG because the insurance giant sells international financial products specifically tailored to Islamic principles. But after more than two years of litigation, a judge said today that such products are not a result of direct government action and represent just a fraction of AIG’s revenue.”
Lansing State Journal: “The city put up a $10,000 reward. The man responsible turned himself in. And then, nothing. He wasn’t charged with a hate crime. He wasn’t charged with littering.”
PR Newswire: “Later today (October 14), the family of Imam Luqman Ameen Abdullah and community leaders will hold a news conference in Detroit to offer their response to a report released yesterday by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) Civil Rights Division that exonerated FBI agents in the fatal shooting of Imam Abdullah last October.”
Associated Press: “A wrestling coach who claimed he lost his job at a suburban Detroit high school because of his Christian beliefs has settled the lawsuit for $24,500 . . .The 65-year-old Marszalek was wrestling coach at Fordson High School, where Muslim students are a majority.”
MLive.com: “A jury on Friday acquitted four Christian missionaries accused of breaching the peace at the Dearborn International Arab Festival in June, but their attorney says the legal battle is far from over. Robert Muise of the Thomas More Law Center plans to file a civil lawsuit on their behalf against the City of Dearborn ‘in short order,’ he said this morning on WJR-AM 760.”
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Detroit Free Press: “A jury acquitted on Friday four Christian missionaries who were accused of inciting a crowd while videotaping themselves proselytizing to Muslims at the Dearborn Arab International Festival in June.”
MI: Ann Arbor officials reaffirm city’s commitment to religious tolerance in wake of anti-Muslim events
AnnArbor.com: “The Ann Arbor City Council responded to a perceived increase in anti-Islamic sentiment across the country on Monday by unanimously approving a resolution reaffirming the city’s commitment to religious tolerance.”
Religion Clause: “A discrimination lawsuit was filed late last month by two Christian high school teachers against Imad Fadlallah, the now-retired principal of Dearborn, Michigan’s Fordson High School, and against the school district. The complaint (full text) in Purcell v. Fadlallah, (ED MI, filed 8/27/2010), alleges that Fadlallah used his position as principal to promote Islam and to systematically weed out teachers, coaches and employees who are not Muslim or Arab . . . The lawyer who filed the suit on behalf of the teachers has issued a press release summarizing plaintiff’s claims.”
Christian Post: “A district court judge in Michigan declined to dismiss a case against four street preachers who were arrested back in June after engaging in conversations with attendees of a large Arab festival . . . ‘The behavior of these individuals drew and incited a large crowd to a point where they were in violation of city of Dearborn misdemeanor ordinances of breach of peace and failure to obey the lawful order of a police officer,’ city officials said in a press release. ‘This issue has nothing to do with First Amendment Rights; it has to do with public safety and the individual choices made by the arrested parties,’ they added in a statement posted on the city’s website.”
Associated Press: “The moonlight practice is tailored for Restum and fellow Muslim teammates who make up a majority of the Fordson High School squad in the large Arab community of Dearborn. It’s a way for the players to practice football and their faith, and balance the fasting common during the 30-day holy month of Ramadan that started last week.”
MLive.com: “Republican congressional candidate Majed Moughni on Monday led a small rally on the steps of Dearborn City Hall in support of four Christian evangelists arrested for disturbing the peace last month at the Arab International Festival.”
Thomas More Law Center: “In an unprecedented and astonishing development, the City of Dearborn, through its mayor and its official website, has personally attacked the four Christian missionaries arrested at the annual Arab International Festival on June 18, 2010. The Mayor’s intrusion into the case destroyed whatever semblance remained of an unbiased and professional law enforcement action following the illegal seizure of video cameras to prevent recording of the events surrounding the arrests.”
Detroit News: “State Rep. Tom McMillin is asking the Attorney General’s Office to investigate an incident involving four Christian missionaries who were arrested at the Arab International Festival in Dearborn after talking to festivalgoers about religion. The foursome was arrested June 18 for disorderly conduct.” | More information on the case from the Thomas More Law Center.
AolNews: “A conservative legal group has asked a federal judge to force a Michigan bus company to run ads that offer support to Muslims who want to leave their religion, saying the ads are protected under the First Amendment. … ‘The only city so far that has dug their heels in is Detroit,’ said Robert Muise, a lawyer at the Thomas More Law Center in Michigan, the conservative legal group representing the Freedom Defense Initiative.”
Detroit Free Press: “Four Christian missionaries trying to convert Muslims were arrested and jailed Friday for disorderly conduct at the Arab festival in Dearborn, police said. ‘We did make four arrests for disorderly conduct,’ Dearborn Police Chief Ron Haddad said Saturday. ‘They did cause a stir.’”
Thomas More Law Center: “A federal appeals court has granted an emergency motion to allow a pastor to distribute Christian literature to Muslims in Dearborn, Michigan. Pastor George Saeg immigrated to the United States from Sudan — but according to senior attorney Robert Muise of the Thomas More Law Center, he is being denied the very rights that caused him to emigrate . . . ”
Religion Clause Blog: “In Saieg v. Haddad, 2010 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 56331 (ED MI, June 7, 2010), a Michigan federal district court upheld as a valid ‘time, place and manner regulation’ a requirement that any literature distribution at the annual Dearborn, Michigan Arab International Festival must take place from a booth in the vendor area.”
Detroit Free Press: “People arrested by Canton police while wearing head coverings will no longer be forced to remove them while being booked, as long as the coverings are worn for religious reasons.”
Religion Clause Blog: “In Council on American-Islamic Relations v. Callahan, (ED MI, April 29, 2010), a Michigan federal district court dismissed a case in which a Muslim woman, Raneen Albaghdady, sued a state court judge who requested that she remove her hijab in his court room . . . ”
Religion Clause Blog: “The lawsuit claims that AIG’s involvement in Sharia-compliant financing means that federal funds are supporting Islamic religious activity.”
Detroit Free Press: “The California man is part of an ongoing effort by at least eight Christian groups across the United States to spread the gospel in Dearborn — a city known for its sizeable Islamic population . . . But the push has caused tensions at times, resulting in lawsuits, accusations of assault and a fierce debate about how Islam can coexist with Christianity in the West.”
Nathan Black reports in the Christian Post: “Gerald Marszalek, who coached wrestling for 35 years, claims his contract with Fordson High School was terminated because of his association with a Christian volunteer coach, who the principal accused of converting a Muslim student to Christianity.”
Aaron J. Leichmann reports in The Christian Post: “A Christian group in Missouri will be allowed to freely distribute religious literature at “gay pride” event this weekend after a federal judge ruled in their favor. Another Christian group in Michigan, however, was not so fortunate in its quest for free distribution at a recent Arab festival but is still hopeful for a favorable conclusion.”
Religion Clause Blog: “Arabic Christian Perspective, a group whose goal is to convert Muslims to Christianity, has filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against the Dearborn (MI) police department which has told the group that its members cannot pass out …