After Some Christian-Muslim tension, Dearborn, Michigan, moves Location of Arab Festival

After four years of increasing tensions between some Christian missionaries and local Muslims, the annual Arab International Festival in Dearborn is being moved from a street that has open access to a public park that could restrict admission to paid attendees.

Dearborn Mayor Jack O’Reilly said Friday that the city plans to shift the festival ”” the biggest annual outdoor gathering of Arab Americans in the U.S. ”” from Warren Avenue to Ford Woods Park, near the corner of Ford and Greenfield roads. One of the reasons for the move is liability concerns; the city has been hit with lawsuits from some Christian missionaries alleging their free speech rights were curtailed at the festival.

“Considering everything we’ve been through and what happened in the past,” said O’Reilly, the city wanted a place “where you can have a controlled site.”

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2 comments on “After Some Christian-Muslim tension, Dearborn, Michigan, moves Location of Arab Festival

  1. Katherine says:

    Fine. Christians should distribute their leaflets from the public street as people go towards the festival and leave.

  2. Ad Orientem says:

    A good move for all concerned. As Katherine noted Christians can still hand out tracts and witness to people outside of the function itself. But as hostile as I am to Islam, people should be able to congregate peaceably amongst themselves without being harassed.

    I am Orthodox and I would certainly take exception if some Muslim missionaries showed up and tried to proselytize at the local Greek Festival.