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Appeals Court To Review 2012 Arab Festival Rock Throwing Case

| by Dominic Kelly

A new report says that the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit is reviewing a case from 2012 in which Christians had rocks thrown at them by Muslims at a Michigan Arab festival.

Back in June 2012, a group of Christians reportedly had rocks thrown at them during the Arab International Festival in Dearborn, Michigan, and according to their complaints, Wayne County deputies stood by and watched it happen. The officers also allegedly threatened to arrest the Christians if they didn’t leave the festival.

Following the incident, the sheriff’s deputies were sued by members of the Christian group who were assaulted with rocks, but a panel of judges ultimately dismissed it. Now, WND News reports that 6th Circuit judges have agreed to review the case.

“The panel’s [overturned] decision rewards violence over protected speech and thus incorporates into the First Amendment what is known as a ‘heckler’s veto,’” said Robert J. Muise, senior counsel for the American Freedom Law Center, calling the decision by the court to rehear the case, “great news for religious freedom and the freedom of speech.”

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Muise added, “We are confident that the full court will reverse this ‘dangerously wrong’ decision.”

The Christians who were assaulted with rocks by patrons at the festival reportedly suffered minor injuries.

Sources: WND News, American Freedom Law Center