I am not sure what Tim Guthrie thinks ‘exonerated’ means, nor what Peter Lumpkins thinks ‘vindicated’ means, but the four Christians of Acts 17 Apologetics are definitely providing a very clear and frank example that Guthrie and Lumpkins could both learn from. Their video cameras and equipment, with their footage intact, were at long last returned to them by the Dearborn Police Department. It is at least embarrassing, if not almost hysterical, how completely erroneous the police, the mayor, and the Muslim and Christian critics have all been about the conduct of the Acts 17 Apologetics team. Nabeel Qureshi, David Wood, Paul Rezkalla, and Negeen Mayel were truly vindicated by the video evidence. The official police report said that Qureshi was “screaming into the crowd” while the officers were present and, since the crowd had increased in agitation, the police officers handcuffed the four members of Acts 17 Apologetics and [...]
Today was the arraignment of the four Acts 17 Apologetics members who were arrested last month in Dearborn, Michigan. They are all being charged with a misdemeanor offense for disturbing the peace; Nabeel Qureshi, 29, David Wood, 34, Paul Rezkalla, 18, and Negeen Mayel, 18 (who is facing an additional charge of disobeying a police officer) face fines of up to $500 each and up to 93 days in jail. Their attorney Robert Muise with the Thomas More Law Center entered a plea of “not guilty,” and noted that they will file a lawsuit against the City of Dearborn in federal court. They are all free on bond and will return to court on 3 August 2010 for a motion hearing, and the trial is set for 20 September 2010. Additionally, the Dearborn city attorney told them that their videos and cameras would be returned this week. Click here for [...]
As reported by Micki Steele of The Detroit News, Senior Trial Counsel for the Thomas More Law Center, Robert Muise, has said that the four Acts 17 Apologetics members who were arrested 18 June 2010 at the Arab International Festival—Nabeel Qureshi, David Wood, Paul Rezkalla, and Negeen Mayel—will appear before the 19th District Court in Dearborn, MI, on 12 July 2010. They will plead “not guilty” and request a jury trial. Steele also noted that Dearborn Police Chief Ronald Haddad has declined to comment on the case, and that phone calls to American Arab Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Fay Beydoun were not returned. 19th District Court 16077 Michigan Ave. Dearborn, MI, 48126 (313) 943-2060
When it comes to a ‘hostile audience’ situation (emphasis mine), the Court once sustained a conviction for disorderly conduct of one who refused police demands to cease speaking after his speech seemingly stirred numbers of his listeners to mutterings and threatened disorders. But this case has been significantly limited by cases which hold protected the peaceful expression of views which stirs people to anger because of the content of the expression, or perhaps because of the manner in which it is conveyed, and that breach of the peace and disorderly conduct statutes may not be used to curb such expression. For more information and relevant case law, see “Fighting Words and Other Threats to the Peace,” from Annotated Constitution (2000) by Congressional Research Service.
Again the value of video footage simply cannot be understated. On Sunday evening the weekend of their arrest, after being released on bail, David Wood and Paul Rezkalla returned to the Arab Festival in Dearborn, MI, to conduct something of an experiment (along with a friend, Antonio Santana). Instead of going inside the festival, they stood outside of it and distributed pamphlets of the Gospel of John in Arabic and English. The video of the experience is incredible. For three individuals standing on a public street handing out religious pamphlets in an American city, the Dearborn Police Department responded in under five minutes with a total of eight uniformed officers and arrested them. This is the assault on the rights and freedoms of Americans that is taking place in Dearborn, Michigan. Every year for three days in June, pursuant to a decision by U.S. District Court Judge Paul Borman, the [...]
The story of the Acts 17 Apologetics team, Nabeel Qureshi and David Wood (including Negeen and Paul Rezkalla), being arrested at the 2010 Arab Festival this weekend in Dearborn, Michigan, is exploding not only across the blogosphere but is also getting picked up by other media sources, such as news programs and radio talk shows. With that sort of exposure you just know it is going to elicit responses from their critics. It is for this reason that everyone, Nabeel and David especially, can appreciate the value of their having filmed the experience. For example, someone named Nick—over at Tom Gilson’s Thinking Christian—thought that the opinion of “Spiffy the Basset” had some credibility. Spiffy let loose with some very strong words attacking the character of Nabeel and David, calling them liars and claiming that they were “showboating” and “trying to cause a scene,” suggesting that they were “trying to get [...]
Some more information about the arrest last night of Nabeel Qureshi and David Wood of Acts 17 Apologetics ministry at the Arab Festival in Dearborn, Michigan. Due to their experience last year at the Arab Festival, Nabeel and David (along with two of their friends, Negeen and Paul Rezkalla) were very careful and thoughtful about their behavior and activities this year—not speaking to anyone unless approached, not carrying any Christian pamphlets, walking away the moment anyone asked them to stop talking to them, refusing to comment about Islam, etc. And, of course, they filmed their entire experience on multiple cameras, in order to ensure that no lies would be able to survive scrutiny. And “lies” is precisely the reason they were arrested, according to Nabeel, who said the police told them they were being arrested for “breaching the peace.” From what Nabeel was able to gather, one of the festival [...]
Last year, on 21 June 2009, Nabeel Qureshi and David Wood attended the Dearborn Arab Festival in Michigan—and they experienced “the religion of peace” first-hand. The video footage below is taken from that experience; the cameras were operated by David Wood and Mary Jo Sharp. Yeah, this was in the United States of America. This year Nabeel and David returned to the Arab Festival and, for some reason I have not managed to find yet, they were arrested there. I have never issued a formal request like this before but this is so shocking—and in Michigan!—that many of us feel that it calls for a powerful intercessory response from the family of God. I am asking that all Christian staff and visitors of the Aristophrenium keep David Wood, Nabeel Qureshi, and their AnsweringMuslims.com ministry in your daily, earnest prayers. When I uncover updates, I will post them here at the [...]