Statement from the Michigan chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MI) regarding a MI State Representative’s call for investigation into Christian missionaries arrested at Arab American Festival in Dearborn:
The individuals arrested at the Arab American Festival for passing out Christian missionary literature were charged because they did not play by the rules of the festival. Various religious groups passed out literature in designated areas after paying for booth space unlike those persons who were arrested.
Had those persons who were arrested in Dearborn been passing out their materials at a paid booth or in a public area outside of the festival area, which was corded for specific usage, we would defend them in this matter.
Being that they did not play by the rules however, we support the Dearborn Police as it relates to this particular action.