Christian Missionaries Taunt Arab Americans with Pig's Head at Dearborn Festival
By David Jenkins - Crossmap On June 18, 2012
Christian missionary groups, armed with a pig's head, taunted Arab Americans at the annual Arab International Festival Friday night.
Tensions flared when protestors, including a group called the Bible Believers, attended the annual Arab International Festival in Dearborn, Michigan, with a pig's head on a stake and placards with signs like as "Islam is a religion of blood and murder" and "Muhammad is a liar, false prophet, murderer, child molesting pervert."
"Repent, be converted, that your sins may be blotted out," read one sign. A missionary even shouted "You're gonna burn in hell" to some Arab-American boys, reported Detroit Free Press.
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The pig's head was the center of controversy because Muslim faith forbids eating pork, considering it unclean.
Protesters had permission to stand outside the festival in a free speech zone. Barricades were put up to separate the protestors from festival goers, according to Daily Mail.
On Saturday, the second day of festival, the protestors did not show up at the festival as they were busy protesting at a gay pride event in Ohio.
The three-day festival is the biggest public event of Arab Americans in the U.S., yearly drawing as many as 300,000 people. Christian missionaries are drawn to the city because Dearborn has the highest number of Arab Americans in the nation, mostly Muslim.
The Bible Believers protested with both anti-Muslim and anti-Catholic messages at last year's festival too.
Their hateful message even caused one Arab-American Muslim girl to cry, according to Detroit Free Press.
In 2010, at least six people were arrested when protesters and participants clashed.