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May 26, 2011

The US Constitution Still Applies In Dearborn, Michigan, Even If It Offends Some

You may remember the case of the Christians who were handing out leaflets at a Dearborn Arab Festival last year. Well, the case made it to a federal appeals court and the city's chief of police will be surprised the 1st Amendment is operative in his jurisdiction.

The 2-1 decision comes less than a month before the next festival in Dearborn, which draws thousands of people to Warren Avenue in the heavily Arab community.

The festival had offered George Saieg of Anaheim, Calif., a free booth in 2010, but said he and his followers could not freely walk sidewalks with literature about converting Muslims to Christianity.

The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said the restriction was unreasonable, especially when vendors and pedestrians were allowed on sidewalks during the festival.

Dearborn and its police department "violated Saieg's First Amendment right to freedom of speech," judges Karen Nelson Moore and Eric Clay said. "Absent an injunction, Saieg will continue to suffer irreparable injury for which there is no adequate remedy at law."

Seems a civil suit for damages against Dearborn's Barney Fife is in order. Make the bastards pay for this garbage. It's the only way they'll learn.

Via Joshua Treviño


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