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Recently a federal appeals court ruled Dearborn, Michigan police officers violated the free speech rights of a California based Christian group called Bible Believers when authorities made them leave the 2012 Arab International festival or be arrested.

The Bible Believer’s attorney stated the city of Dearborn (Which has a large population of Arab-Americans, predominately Muslim) has a “long history” of suppressing the free speech rights of Christians.  In 2009 a California pastor was prevented by the city of Dearborn from handing out Christian pamphlets.  In 2010 four Christian missionaries were arrested for allegedly disturbing the peace at the annual Arab International Festival.

These missionaries filed a lawsuit and were awarded $300,000.

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