A truly shocking video was released yesterday, Tuesday, June 26, 2012, of a Muslim crowd attacking a group of Christians at this month's Dearborn, Michigan Arab Festival. The 22 minute video depicts a throng of over 150 hostile Muslims throwing eggs, rocks, bottles, milk crates, stools and other objects at a small group of Christians who attended the festival to share their faith. The Christian group made no attempt to preach or hand out literature. They simply stood silently with their signs as they were struck with one thrown object after the other. Many in the crowd shouted, "Allahu Akbar" as they pelted the Christians mercilessly.
The video begins with a short speech by President Obama at a campaign rally in Dearborn on April 28, 2012. In this speech, Obama told the predominately Muslim crowd that, "When you decided to support a candidate named Barack Hussein Obama, you know the odds were not exactly in your favor." While Obama's words were not the direct cause of any violence, critics feel he may have helped create an atmosphere of "Us against them."
After the short clip of the Obama campaign speech, we are treated to 10 minutes of non-stop hostility and violence towards the Christians. The crowd made no attempt to hide the fact that they were Muslims and they were quite vocal in their contempt for Christianity. The video concludes with 10 minutes of the Dearborn police blaming the Christian group for the entire situation as angry Muslims continue to shout insults and curses in the background.
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What makes this video all the more stunning is that many of the most aggressive offenders were teenagers. The youngest members of the crowd were happily shouting one obscene invective after the other. They virtually dared the cameraman to film them as they threw objects at their victims. The belligerence, religious hostility and lack of supervision of these children was remarkable; even for this day and age, when we see footage of kids on a school bus bringing a middle aged woman to tears wth their insults.
The adults in the attacking crowd were equally angry and even more threatening. They openly encouraged the youngsters in their behavior and voiced their own desires to physically harm the Christians for their religious beliefs. They made no effort to conceal their identity as they shouted, "Lets fu*k them up" and ""Lets kick their a*s" directly into the camera. Not once did they show the the slightest concern for any police presence as they hurled their missles at the heads of the Christians. They didn't worry in the least that they were committing what might be considered a hate crime under Federal law.
For their part, the police did absolutely nothing to protect the Christians or to stop the violence. The only attempt the police made to intervene was to tell the Christians not to use a bullhorn or they would be issued a citation. Then they ordered the Christian group to leave or be arrested.
Dearborn Deputy Police Chief Dennis Richardson accused the Christian group of "enraging the crowd" and he told the Christians they would be charged with disorderly conduct if they didn't leave the festival. Deputy Police Chief Mike Jaafar told the Christian group that they "were a danger to public safety" and that they needed to leave immediately because "your conduct is such that your are causing a disturbance." Dearborn police refused to assign two officers to protect the Christians and permit them to continue to exercise their constitutionally guaranteed rights of assembly and free speech.
The violent opposition to any Christian presence at the Dearborn Arab Festival is nothing new. Last year the matter resulted in a major lawsuit after Dearborn Police Chief Ron Haddad refused to allow George Saieg of Anaheim, California to freely walk the sidewalks at the festival and barred him from handing out Christian literature. Saieg sued and the city of Dearborn was ordered to pay $100,000 for violating his First amendment rights.
Much can be made of this video. Conservative groups are up in arms over what just occured in Dearborn. There are demands for a Federal investigation into this incident. The Dearborn Police have remained tactfully silent and the local Muslim community is standing by their opinion that the Christians were only there to provoke an incident. After watching this video, legitimate questions must be raised about the possibility of a hate crime having been committed against the Christian group.