ACLU supports free-speech rights of anti-Islam group

A civil rights organization is defending the free-speech rights of a Christian group that hates Islam, saying its members were unfairly removed from the Arab International Festival in Dearborn in 2012.

In a legal brief filed this month, attorneys with the Michigan branch of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) said that Wayne County sheriff’s deputies violated the First Amendment by ordering a group of Christian evangelists from California called the Bible Believers to leave or face citations for disorderly conduct.

At the annual festival in June 2012, the Bible Believers brought a pig’s head mounted on a pole and signs with anti-Islam messages that denigrated Islam’s prophet. Observant Muslims consider pigs to be unclean.

  • Raymond Hietapakka

    “Hate” is the wrong word. Mistrust and Disgust are more accurate.

    • winniec

      It’s ok to ‘hate’ or greatly deplore an IDEOLOGY. Just don’t ask for people to be harmed as a result of their beliefs. Muslims are entitled to worship holy stones as long as they don’t throw them at me.

      • Just a thought

        Muslim Apology

        “I’m sorry I threw that stone through your window.” – Muslim rioter
        “What do you mean ‘that stone’? You threw a dozen.” – home owner
        “My holy stone got into the bag of rocks my mistake. I’d like it back.” – Muslim rioter

  • A lot of Muslims feelings have to be hurt in order to bring down the cult of Islam.

    Too bad!

    Using a pigs head as a talisman against Islam is a nice touch.

  • Minicapt

    Only took the ACLU 30 months to make the decision.