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DEARBORN, Mich. -- Four Christian missionaries who were arrested at Dearborn's Arab American Festival were arraigned Monday on misdemeanor charges of disturbing the peace.

Charged were Negeen Mayel, Dr. Nabeel Qureshi, Paul Rezkalla and David Wood Mayel, all members of a group called "Acts 17 Apologetics."

Negeen Mayel faces an additional charge of disobeying an officer.

They all pleaded not guilty.

The four were arrested on June 18 while handing out Christian literature and videotaping themselves.

The group said they were arrested over religion, but police insist that it's not true, and continue to stand behind their arrest. Dearborn Mayor Jack O'Reilly defends his police department's arrest, saying he saw the video police confiscated from them and he believes the missionaries came into town to cause trouble.

Dearborn, MI has one of the largest Muslim populations in the United States...and (like most of the country) and these days it seems like if there is a question between Christians and "anybody else", the Christians are going to lose.


I'm not sure if this is the case here.  There are certainly different accounts.

The four who were arrested were not the only Christians at the festival.

Groups were to get a permit and have a booth...most Christian groups did that.

These four evidently did not get a booth, but they did get a video camera.

There are quotes of them saying things like they had been threatened the year before, so they brought along the video camera...they were there expecting excitement.  This is not what missionaries should be after.

Here is a video from 2009:

I see aggression on both sides, I see the Christians being inflammatory.  I think that perhaps the arrest was justified, if they were breaking the rules.

Let the courts figure it out.


On the other hand, here is a t-shirt that was confiscated from Arab students at a Dearborn high school

Between people who do bad things...and people who are just plain bad.

Okay...two people broke into a house and stole a laptop computer...

on the computer they discovered movies, stills and IM's involving children....so...

they turned it over the police.

These two people were doing a bad thing...and discovered a worse thing...so they did the right thing.

My favorite coffee shop:  Biggby (used to be Beaners - as in coffee beans) made the top 50!  (they most likely had my help)

The Future 50, identified by Technomic, Inc. as the fastest growing chains with sales between $25 million and $50 million, includes 32 that defied the odds to grow sales by 20 percent or more in 2007. Of those, a dozen hit 40 percent or higher sales growth. As a group, they’re hot, they’re nimble and they’ve got what many of their large competitors don’t right now—momentum.

(Note:  when Biggby changed their name, it was not because of a lawsuit, complaint or any such thing.  It was because somebody told them that the name had the potential for being offensive and they did not want to offend anybody.)



And MORE  randomosity.

Dog bites man???  Not news.

Hippo bites woman?  Okay.  News.

The woman keeper was bitten about 9:45 a.m. in the outdoor hippo exhibit as she and colleagues were doing desensitizing training on Mahali, a 5-year-old male, to make dental work more comfortable for the hippo.

A link to the full article is at the bottom...

LOS ANGELES -- Teachers are expected to bear long days, challenging students and demanding parents. Now, apparently, some teachers are baring too much of themselves. School boards and superintendents increasingly are pursuing dress codes for teachers. At issue is the same kind of questionable attire most often associated with students.

Last year we were told that we no longer were going to have "casual Fridays" - no blue jeans. At first I was disappointed, but later, totally understood. The school I work at has a discipline problem to start with and there needs to be a much greater respect for staff.

Add to this - I work in an inner city high school and we have a number of young female teachers. I work with a great teacher, but she is young and cute. It really wouldn't matter how she dressed - she'd still be young and cute. We work in a classroom with high school students with autism - they may be low to mid-functioning, but their hormones are working very well. If this teacher dressed the way that many students dressed - I won't get graphic, but you can figure it out.

In a world where a lot of adults are refusing to grow up, it makes it harder to enforce discipline for those adults who are responsible in the schools. In a world where many children are growing up in homes where it is hard to respect the adults in those homes, it is essential that the adults in schools be visually respectable.

I notice a difference in myself. On days where we're going to a job site where "dressing down" is the appropriate dress code, that's the way I dress. On those days, I find myself being more of a "buddy" to students. When I dress more professionally, I act like it.

I don' t think that we need a dress code that mandates knee length skirts for women and ties for men, but I don't think the schools are out of line to expect teachers to dress like teachers.