Nowhere is Sharia law being imposed upon the American people with greater vehemence than in the Detroit suburb of Dearborn, Michigan. Dearborn resident, eighteen year old Negeen Mayel, whose parents escaped from Afghanistan after the Russian invasion, couldn’t escape the Sharia law-enforcement arm of the Dearborn Police Department. Mayel, a Christian, was filming her four fellow Christian missionaries while they were discussing the Gospel with Muslims at the annual 2010 Dearborn Arab Festival. A Dearborn police officer ordered Mayel to turn off her camera and when she didn’t turn it off quickly enough; she was arrested and charged in the Dearborn District Court for failing to obey a police officer’s order. Amazingly, in his court testimony, the arresting officer admitted that the filming by Mayel was indeed not a crime.
A growing number of Americans are slowly becoming cognizant of the threat being posed by the imposition of Sharia law upon an unwilling and often unaware non-Muslim American public. In the 2000 census, Dearborn consisted of 30,000 Arabs in a city of 100,000 people. This fact alone is not alarming. But what is alarming is when the mayor of Dearborn, John B. O’Reilly, Jr., an attorney who should know better, is catering to this growing minority as the city of Dearborn is offering preferential treatment which favors Sharia law advocates over Christians and other non-Muslim Americans. In the case of Mayel, the Dearborn police, with the approval of the mayor, replaced the Constitutional protections offered by the First Amendment with the creation of free speech zones which are inherently free speech inhibitors. As such, Dearborn’s mayor officially endorsed the Sharia law prohibition against proselytizing Muslims in stark violation of the First Amendment to the American Constitution which protects free speech. Subsequently, the Dearborn police, acting as Sharia law enforcement agents, handcuffed and jailed all four Christian missionaries and formally charged the group with Breach of Peace despite the fact that none of the Muslim attendees claimed any level of harassment by the Christian missionaries.
In response to the protest which followed the Mayel’s group arrest, the Dearborn mayor issued a press release in which he alleged that “….they (act) with the intent to disrupt a local festival and misrepresent facts…..” The mayor seems to be saying that preaching the Gospel constitutes a gross misrepresentation of facts and the filming of the preaching is disruptive to the public order. Mayor O’Reilly went on to defend the arrests by stating that the Christian missionaries were 30 feet outside the free speech zone provided by Dearborn city officials. (Funny, I thought the entire country was a free speech zone.) Mayor O’Reilly must have been absent that day in law school when his law professor discussed the First Amendment.
The persecution of Dearborn’s Christians even extends into the Dearborn Public Schools as Dearborn’s teachers and coaches are not even afforded a free speech zone from which to espouse their beliefs. Consider the case of Gerald Marszalek, a 35 year veteran wrestling coach in the Dearborn Public Schools, and an inducted member of the Michigan High School Coaches Hall of Fame, was fired from his coaching position by Fordson High School’s Principal, Imad Fadlallah. Fadlallah allegedly retaliated against Marszalek over an Islamic student’s conversion to Christianity despite having no direct proof that Marszalek acted illegally or was in violation of any school district policy. The Marszalek case is being adjudicated in U.S. District Court of Eastern Michigan.
The radicalization of American communities does not begin and end with Muslim radicals in the Dearborn Public Schools or in the Dearborn mayoral office, nor does it end with the police department in Dearborn. This brand of extremism disturbingly extends directly into our Federal Courts. On March 3rd, the 13th Circuit Court Judge, Richard A. Nielson, recently ruled that a civil suit between the Islamic Education Center of Tampa, Florida and four of its trustees (Case number 03-03497) be remanded to another venue. Judge Nielson did not remand this case to another court of law; rather, the Judge ordered that the suit be settled under “Ecclesiastical Islamic Law”. Ecclesiastical Islamic Law is a euphemism for Sharia law and the Judge has apparently created a de facto “Court of Appeals” in which the Constitutional prohibition which formerly separated church and state has been flagrantly violated. In effect, Judge Nielsen has legitimized the tenets of Sharia law as a legal precedent to adjudicate civil disputes in America involving Muslims. Perhaps at some point in time, Judge Nielsen was John O’Reilly’s law school professor.
Can one imagine the outcry if the shoe were suddenly placed upon the other foot and a Muslim missionary was arrested for peacefully espousing his/her faith at a Christian event? Imagine the indignation of the ACLU and the liberal media if a stellar Muslim wrestling coach was removed from his position by a Christian principal under the same set of circumstances as in the Marszalek case?
Today, a growing number of Jews, Arabs, Christians, non-Muslims and Muslims have set aside their differences to join together in a concerted effort in order to thwart the growing threat of Sharia law and global jihad. It is time that all Americans, regardless of their ethnic or religious background join this movement to preserve what is left of the United States Constitution.
No reasonable American would ethically or legally challenge the right of any religious group the freedom to practice their religion. In fact, most Americans would defend to the death the right for any religious group to practice their faith including those persons belonging to CAIR. However, even the legitimate application of multiculturalism does not and should not advocate for the establishment of another parallel supreme law of the land, much less a system of beliefs that would supplant the United States Constitution. However, it is happening here and now and the encroachment of Sharia law upon the Constitutional liberties of Americans is a growing and persistent threat.
The right for any Muslim group to practice and enforce the tenets of Sharia law should be honored and protected, but the practice should effectively end when it reaches the end of my constitutionally protected infidel nose.