Monday, June 21, 2010

WHAT HAPPENED TO FREEDOM OF SPEECH AND RELIGION?

I ran across this story last week and was appalled. Seriously. It seems there are two sets of rules when it comes to freedom of religion. One for Muslims in tihs Country and another for everyone else. Read this for more:

THREE CHRISTIANS ARRESTED IN OUTREACH TO MUSLIMS IN DEARBORN, MICHIGAN - TheCypressTimes

From the article:

DEARBORN, MICHIGAN -(ANS)-Three Christians were arrested today at the Arab International Festival as they shared their faith with Muslims. The three were arrested by police as they engaged in intense, but respectful dialog in which they proclaimed their faith in Christ.

"I never thought I would see this in America," says Steven Atkins, a resident of Toronto, Canada, who was visiting the festival and observed the incident.

Arrested for passing out literature and engaging in dialogue with the Muslims.

In America? What was the crime? Freedom of speech?

When did we lose that in America?

If you are muslim in Florida, and do not want to follow the basic rules for a driver's license for example that requires an open faced picture on ID, what do you do? No problem you change the law and allow a picture Id that reveals nothing of the face except the eyeballs. If you are a Christian you do not get that right.

All Christians must be identifiable I guess.

They even passed a law banning distribution of Christian material anywhere near the festival. Anyone remember when a muslim was banned from passing out literature near a Christian event? Just saying.

Finally this:

This year, the city of Dearborn banned the distribution of Christian literature near the festival. Some accused the city of catering to its large Muslim population when the law was passed. On June 17, a three-judge panel from the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals granted an emergency motion on behalf of Pastor George Saieg, allowing him to distribute literature and talk about his faith to Muslims at the festival.

"It was an intense discussion, but it was not unruly," Atkins noted. "There was no threat of violence," he said. "It's becoming more restrictive here than in Canada."

How much more do we as Americans have to give up? Freedom of speech, freedom of religion, where does it end?

Heard enough to get involved yet?

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