Arab-American leaders back church in egg dispute

DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) — Arab-American and Muslim leaders are defending a suburban-Detroit church that drew criticism for inviting children at public schools with many Muslim children to attend its Easter egg hunt.

Invitations to the upcoming Saturday’s Eggstravaganza at Cherry Hill Presbyterian Church were distributed last week in elementary schools in Dearborn. The Detroit suburb is the center of southeastern Michigan’s large Arab-American community and has a high proportion of Muslim children.

Lawyer Majed Mougni tells the Detroit Free Press his two young children were upset to get fliers about the event.

The Rev. Netta Nichols says it’s intended for children of any religion and isn’t an attempt to proselytize.

Arab American News editor Osama Siblani and leaders of Arab-American advocacy groups came to the church Sunday as a gesture of support.