These Christians haven't exactly taken the high road in life. They hate Islam and aren't afraid to show it.. Not very Christian like. And they brought a pig's head to the Arab International Festival in Dearborn in 2012 (pictured above).
Still, in what is always an ironic situation, the American Civil Liberties Union is sticking up for a hate group whose values are totally contrary to the organization's.
It's all about free speech.
The Detroit Free Press reports:
In a legal brief filed this month, attorneys with the Michigan branch of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) said that Wayne County sheriff's deputies violated the First Amendment by ordering a group of Christian evangelists from California called the Bible Believers to leave or face citations for disorderly conduct.
At the annual festival in June 2012, the Bible Believers brought a pig's head mounted on a pole and signs with anti-Islam messages that denigrated Islam's prophet. Observant Muslims consider pigs to be unclean.
Attorneys for the Bible Believers had their lawsuit against the Wayne County Sheriff's Office dismissed last year by U.S. District Judge Patrick Duggan in Detroit. In August, a three-judge panel with the U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld Duggan's decision, the Freep reports.
But in October, the full court vacated that decision and said the 15 judges will reconsider the matter in March. -- Allan Lengel