DEARBORN (WWJ/AP) – The city of Dearborn has paid $100,000 in legal fees to attorneys for a Christian evangelist whose free-speech rights were violated at a popular Arab-American street festival.

Dearborn has a large Muslim population and one of the nation’s biggest concentrations of people with roots in the Arab world.

The festival had offered George Saieg of Anaheim, Calif., a free booth in 2010, but city police in barred him and his allies from freely walking sidewalks with literature to convert Muslims to Christianity.

Chief Ron Haddad said he was just controlling foot traffic, but a federal appeals court said the city violated the First Amendment.

The court says allowing the evangelists on the festival’s perimeter wasn’t good enough.

As the prevailing party, Saieg was entitled to legal fees and other costs from Dearborn. His lawyers say the money was paid last week.

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Comments (16)
  1. joe says:

    Sharia law in action.

  2. Robert J says:

    Good grief, this is the US not Saudi Arabia. What is going on in Detroit? Why doesn’t the media stand up for free speech instead of burying this story? Why isn’t someone pointing out that this police chief is a religious bigot?

    1. drew gold says:

      If the media were to side against the muslims their offices would get blown up and their foreign reporters lives would be put at risk. It’s the same reason they’re called militants, extremists or functionalists., if they were called terrorists it would hurt their feelings.

      1. Bipolar izlamic Incompoop says:

        It’s high time the mohamedons were given the ultimatum of accepting our laws or get their sorry camel butt’s the hell out of here.

  3. Bob Smith says:

    Would you wear a T-shirt with a Mohammad cartoon printed on it?

    You might in Montana. Don’t try it in Mecca.


    Because, Islam trains a small number of its most devout believers it’s OK to kill. And Islamic killers have been trained to kill anyone who insults Allah and/or Mohammad.

    In Montana you’d have a good chance none of these Islamic killers would see you.

    In Mecca you wouldn’t last five minutes. One of Islam’s killers would come from out of nowhere and kill you. It is that simple.

    You don’t believe me? Ask any Muslim!

    Read it all at:

    1. Kelly says:

      Everything you said is true, but I believe the ‘it’s ok to kill for mohammad’ mentality is saved for only a small number of devout believers. I think that mentality exists for a very large majority in muslim countries. To be honest, I’m shocked these Christians who won the lawsuit were not hurt or worse at the festival.

  4. Pedro Holguin says:

    @Bob Smith

    I actually have a t-shirt with a cartoon of Mohamed on it. I wear it in Ablquerque all the time and the local latino and native population all thinks its funny in reference to the cartoon-controversy two years ago (you know when Muslims rages against facebook for allowing an draw mohamed day). Of course, I could never wear it hear in California. Too many pakistani and arab immigrants – I’d be physically attacked in minutes. This is the future of the U.S. – less free speech due to threats from Muslims.

    1. Bob Smith says:


      You are 100% right.

      Islam is just numbers. When there are only a few within your area, you have no problem. But as the number of Muslims within your area grows, fear starts to grow. When the Muslim population within an area reaches a form of critical mass, the fear of unseen jihadis is large enough to shut up everybody.

      Either Islamic theology that encourages violence is dealt with or nothing about Islam will change.

  5. Infidel Task Force says:

    What is being written here is absolutley correct. Americans are now remaining silent on issues such as Radical Islam. No one wants to be labelled an Islamaphobe or a racist. So they stay quiet. People also are startying to realize that anything said about Islam may contribute to violence, so again, they stay quiet.
    The ITF has dedicated a page to this subject:

  6. TruthSerum says:

    To see where not speaking out on Islam goes – just glance “across the pond” at England and look at the abject dhimmitude of their leaders and the coddling of muslims which has caused a tremendous deleterious effect on English/British society and culture. Law enforcement there even turned a blind eye to the proliferation of “Asian” (codeword for Muslim) pedophile rape gangs so as to not upset the muslim communities. (To heck with the white, English little girls who were/are the victim.) This is what the USA can look forward to if we continue to remain silent and fall for the utterly bogus canard of “Islamophobia”..

  7. Rebbeca says:

    Under Shari’a law Muslims would be granted more rights than all others – but this is why the US has a Constitution which protects – freedom of expression and freedom of religion – to guard against these types of inequalities.

    Respect for individual freedoms over religion – is almost unheard of in the Islamic world.

    As most US Muslims are immigrants – its may be difficult to accept that – people aren’t arrested for spreading – or simply expressing different religious ideas here.

    That this is not a crime.

    And no one should ever be arrested for offended religious sentiments.

    These are for the most part not police matters!

    Justice has been done!!

  8. Kelly says:

    I’m thrilled to see this, but why is this not in the MSM? Has anyone walked through Dearborn lately? They don’t even speak English there anymore! I don’t feel safe if I’m showing too much ankle. This is America for God’s sake. Muslims had nothing to do with creating America OR our laws, so why do they seem to be getting a free pass lately, and especially with our own President? Apologizing for some accidental koran burning and now several are dead. These people still live in the 6th century, and then come to OUR land and try to change our laws to suit themselves. CAIR has now created a ‘toolkit’ to getting around the shariah law ban many of our states are working toward. They will not assimilate, they do not love America and they have no intention of following our laws or living in our Western culture. They want to fight and make everything here muslim. American’s better realize this quick or it’s going to be a game changer in about 5 years. You will be dodging prayer mats to get to your job at McMuslims….

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