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Christian protestor promotes hatred in front of Dearborn Mosque
By Ray Hanania
An unidentified woman who claimed to be Christian held up a large sign along an expressway in Dearborn, Michigan across from the Islamic Center of America Mosque in what was clear an act of provocation to insult and slander Muslims.
A member of the Mosque named “Norman S.” approached the woman and urged her to come to the mosque and meet Muslims, but the woman refused.
The woman, who did not identify herself, kept repeating that she believed that Jesus had died on the cross and was risen again, and added, “And you, the Muslims are deceived.”
Later she added, “I am not interested in a religion that fails” when the filmmaker repeatedly asked her to join him in visiting his mosque, noting that Muslims revere Jesus and praised Christianity as a “beautiful religion, too.”
The woman held up a large white sign that appeared to be about four feet tall and three feet wide on the side of a highway near the Mosque, which is located at 19500 Ford Road. The sign he held up as cars drove pas read, “I serve a RRISEN savior Jesus Christ. Muhammad is dead.”
The Muslims ended the video interview, noting “We love Jesus and we love you. You have a wonderful Easter and you are more than welcome to come to our mosque. Have a blessed day.”
Dearborn has been the target of anti-Muslim fanatics who have slandered and libeled Islam and claim to be doing so in the name of “Jesus” and “Christianity.”
The many consistent provocations have disrupted Arab events and even resulted in the cancellation of the annual Arab Festival that was held in Dearborn.
One protestor in the past displayed the butchered head of a pig, in a clear attempt to intimidate Muslims since pork is considered a “sin” not only by Muslims but by many Christians, too, especially Orthodox Christians.
Many Christian denounced the protests and the protestor saying that denouncing Islam is “unChristian-like” and contradictory of the principles of Christianity which respects all peoples of all religious beliefs.
In many other cities, a Muslim who would hold up a sign denouncing Christianity as being “Dead” or as a false religion might be charged with violating hate crime laws. But Christians who express hatred against Muslims are coddled and protected by America’s anti-Arab society.
You can view the entire video below, which was posted on the popular Facebook Page “Dearborn Area Community Members.” Click here to view the Facebook Page which was created by Dearborn activist Majed Moughni:
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Ray Hanania is an award winning political columnist and author. He covered Chicago Politics and Chicago City Hall from 1976 through 1992. Hanania began writing in 1975 when he published The Middle Eastern Voice newspaper in Chicago (1975-1977). He later published “The National Arab American Times” newspaper which was distributed through 12,500 Middle East food stores in 48 American States (2004-2007).
Hanania writes weekly columns on Middle East and American Arab issues for the Arab News in Saudi Arabia at www.ArabNews.com, and for TheArabDailyNews.com, and TheDailyHookah.com.
Palestinian, American Arab and Christian, Hanania’s parents originate from Jerusalem and Bethlehem.
Hanania is the recipient of four (4) Chicago Headline Club “Peter Lisagor Awards” for Column writing. In November 2006, he was named “Best Ethnic American Columnist” by the New American Media;In 2009, he received the prestigious Sigma Delta Chi Award for Writing from the Society of Professional Journalists. He is the recipient of the MT Mehdi Courage in Journalism Award. Hanania has also received two (2) Chicago Stick-o-Type awards from the Chicago Newspaper Guild, and in 1990 was nominated by the Chicago Sun-Times for a Pulitzer Prize for his four-part series on the Palestinian Intifada.
His wife and son are Jewish and he performs standup comedy lampooning Arab-Jewish relations, advocating for peace based on non-violence, mutual recognition and Two-States.
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