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Three Christians arrested in outreach to Muslims in Dearborn, Michigan

Dr. Nabeel Qureshi

Three Christians were arrested today at the Arab International Festival as they shared their faith with Muslims. The three were arrested by police as they engaged in intense, but respectful dialog in which they proclaimed their faith in Christ.

“I never thought I would see this in America,” says Steven Atkins, a resident of Toronto, Canada, who was visiting the festival and observed the incident.

The three arrested include Dr. Nabeel Qureshi, David Woods, and Paul Rezkalla. Dr. Quereshi is co-director of Acts 17 Apologetics Ministries. He holds an MD from Eastern Virginia Medical School and an MA in Christian apologetics from Biola University.

“When Dr. Quereshi was arrested I heard people clapping and applauding, and some said ‘Allahu Akbar,’” Atkins said. There was a crowd of 15-20 people watching the exchange and subsequent arrest.

The festival attracts several hundred thousand Arab Americans each year, and some Christian groups find it an ideal venue for Christian outreach.

This year, the city of Dearborn banned the distribution of Christian literature near the festival. Some accused the city of catering to its large Muslim population when the law was passed. On June 17, a three-judge panel from the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals granted an emergency motion on behalf of Pastor George Saieg, allowing him to distribute literature and talk about his faith to Muslims at the festival.

“It was an intense discussion, but it was not unruly,” Atkins noted. “There was no threat of violence,” he said. “It’s becoming more restrictive here than in Canada.”

Mark Ellis, Assist News Service

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Mark Ellis is a senior correspondent for ASSIST News Service and the founder of www.Godreports.com. He is available to speak to groups about the plight of the church in restricted countries, to share stories and testimonies from the mission field, and to preach the gospel.mark@Godreports.com

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  1. Ann

    June 20, 2010 at 1:45 am

    There was also an 18 year old girl arrested for videotaping this incident. She stood about 100 feet away. When police surrounded her, she yelled to get the men’s attention and was given an additional charge for resisting arrest. When the men requested that the police watch the video in order to show what happened, they refused. Sharia law is alive in Dearborn.

  2. Jeff

    June 20, 2010 at 3:21 am

    I see that political correctness is overtaking common sense, and OUR AMERICAN HERITAGE.
    We have let the geriatric hippies from the 60’s become our leaders, and they have brought with them their strange gods and their belief that there is no right or wrong unless you are a Christian!

  3. Adbussalaam

    June 20, 2010 at 5:49 am

    If what any of you say is true, then watch this:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ES7s7eO67pg

  4. Jenny

    June 22, 2010 at 4:07 am

    Adbussalaam, no doubt you made those comments, anyone could, in an attempt to discredit, them. Your straw man argument doesn’t hold water, in fact, it only proves the desperation of your desire to besmirch these good, Christian people.

  5. Adbussalaam

    June 22, 2010 at 10:10 am

    Jenny. You don’t even know why you believe in Jesus, you can’t even confirm his existence. You believe simply because it’s a comfortable belief that you ‘think’ will lead you to salvation. Your belief is entirely based on blind faith – with no historical sciences to back up what you believe. Once again visit this site:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ES7s7eO67pg

  6. Gary

    June 22, 2010 at 1:57 pm

    Yes, they picked on the 18yr old girl because she was a easy pick and they didn’t want their activities on video because ‘they’ know it is against the law what they did on the arrest that day. I bet the recording gets ‘lost’ or delete/erased?

  7. Gary Ganoo

    June 22, 2010 at 2:00 pm

    They picked on the 18yr old girl because she was a easy for them. BUT, THEY REALLY DIDN’T WANT THEIR WRONGFUL ARREST ACTIONS ON VIDEO. WHO WANTS TO BET THAT THE RECORDING SHE DID GETS LOST/ERASED, YEAH…

  8. G.

    June 24, 2010 at 3:15 am

    I am former Muslim and glad, I watched the videos and glad that you are revealing what Islam by nature is like….keep the good work for Him.

  9. Stephanie

    August 10, 2010 at 3:26 pm

    I cannot believe that we are putting up with this shit in the U.S.A. No religion
    should be able to overtake a town and disallow anyone to speak their peace, especially a so called religion that believes in convert or kill.

  10. eyeonetruth

    September 11, 2010 at 2:39 am

    Adbussalaam,
    On what grounds are you attacking Jenny? You advocate the basis of her belief is fictional while ignoring established historical facts. You are the picture of a Muslim, steeped in propoganda, and fighting against the facts. The person of Jesus is a historical figure, whether you want to believe the he was who he claimed to be, is another question. Most established secular historians, affirm that this person did exist, though they deny that he was the Son of God. You provide links to various videos, that seem more like propaganda than anything else. If this is your way of doing research, I’m not sure that there can be confidence in anything that you are claiming. The truth requires hard work and study, not the casual viewing of dogmatic propaganda. I am assuming that because you believe that Christ did not exist based on the perceived lateness of accounts, which were written within the same century that he lived. By the same standard, I could argue that Mohammad did not exist. It is ridiculous, I know. Your argument shows that you have little knowledge of history. Perhaps if you spent a little bit of time viewing the world around you, instead of keeping your head steeped in half-truths that you watch via the internet, you might be able to formulate a stronger argument against harmless commentators on this forum.

  11. A.Juriansz

    December 15, 2010 at 1:27 am

    abdulssalaam
    It’s interesting to note in your comment where you say quote” you don’t know why you even believe in Jesus, you can’t even confirm His existence” unquote…well, well well that means your koran which according to the muslims of the world is the unadultrated word of ‘allah’, is a fabrication right? what does it say in Mariam about Isa? … I rest my case!

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