Christian evangelists win Michigan speech case over Arab festival

Source: Religion news service

A federal appeals court said police violated the free speech rights of Christian evangelists by telling them to leave a June 2012 Arab-American festival in Dearborn, Mich., after an angry crowd began pelting them with bottles, eggs and other objects.

By an 8-7 vote, the entire 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Wednesday (Oct. 28) said Wayne County and two deputy police chiefs were civilly liable to members of Bible Believers for violating their First Amendment rights.


The case now returns to a federal district judge to award damages and attorney’s fees.

Bible Believers is known for signs and messages that communicate what the Cincinnati-based appeals court called “overtly” anti-Muslim sentiments.

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