Worth ReadingAuthorities blast missionaries hauled off to jail for 'disturbing peace'
By Chelsea Schilling - WND
The case of four Christians arrested at a recent Arab festival in Dearborn, Mich., is heating up with the mayor publicly blasting the group in a letter, claiming the city "has been under attack for several years" by the missionaries.
The Christians were arraigned today on misdemeanor charges of disturbing the peace. All four pleaded not guilty.
Michigan state Rep. Tom McMillin called on the state attorney general to investigate the arrests, saying the Christians were just "engaging festivalgoers in conversation about religion on public property."
Arrested on June 18 on charges of breach of the peace were Negeen Mayel, Dr. Nabeel Qureshi, Paul Rezkalla and David Wood. All the Christian missionaries are from a Christian group called Acts 17 Apologetics. Mayel, an 18-year-old woman whose parents emigrated from Afghanistan and a recent convert from Islam to Christianity, also was charged with failure to obey a police officer's orders for refusing to turn over her video camera.
Officers arrested the Christian missionaries and illegally confiscated their video cameras, which were being used to record the events, according to the Thomas More Law Center of Ann Arbor, Mich., which is representing the defendants. The Dearborn city attorney said the confiscated videos and cameras will be returned this week.
In a video posted after the arrest, Qureshi said his group took "extra precautions" to prevent disruptions by not handing out pamphlets and to speak only to people "who first approached us."
"This was to limit accusations of instigation and disruption," he explained. "We knew people have a tendency to accuse us of being disruptive, of inciting and instigating. So we wanted to make sure we did absolutely nothing of the sort."
Qureshi said people at the festival recognized his group from its visit in 2009. Last year, the Acts 17 Apologetics team was escorted from the grounds while being allegedly assaulted by security personnel and several attendees. The following is the group's footage of the 2009 incident:
Videos, more" http://worthreading.ning.com/profiles/blog/show?id=5061658:BlogPost:39137&xgs=1&xg_source=msg_share_post