If you're looking to spread God's love, it's probably not a good idea to show up to the Arab International Festival in Dearborn, Michigan, with a pig's head on a stick and signs telling Muslims that they're poised to burn in hell. Yet this is exactly what happened over the weekend when some Christians from an anti-Islam group showed up at the event and confronted Muslim adherents with some unwelcome messages.
One of the protesters yelled, "You're going to burn in hell," among other sentiments. The signs the individuals held were less-than-covert in their messaging as well. One read, "Islam is a religion of blood and murder" and another said "Muhammad is a...liar, false prophet, murder, child molesting pervert." Clearly, those in attendance weren't there to play nice (caution: language).
Among the most tense moments during the Friday showdown occurred when some of the Arab Americans present at the conference began throwing water bottles and pop cans. Some of the attendees chanted "Allah-U-Akbar," which translates to "God is the greatest." The Christians responded with, "Jesus Akbar." Most of the protesters who engaged in this debate were from an anti-Islam group called "Bible Believers."
In the video, below, a man -- purportedly part of the group -- can be heard yelling, "You're going to go straight to hell you little dirtbag, wicked heathen." Then, he continued screaming at the the Arab attendees, claiming that they have "a religion of hate" and that God is going to "melt" them "one day in hell" (at another point he says, "You're going to melt in the fires of hell forever!").
Watch and listen to the protester going berserk:
Authorities in Wayne County attempted to keep calm and order between the two parties, as they tried to separate them -- a difficult task considering the religious nature of the fighting at hand. The Detroit-Free Press has more about the festival and past drama that has unfolded there between Christians and Muslims:
The three-day festival is the largest public gathering of Arab-Americans in the U.S.; it has drawn Christian missionaries for years, but in 2009, some become more aggressive, leading to arrests and legal feuds. Dearborn has the highest concentration of Arab-Americans in the U.S., many of them Muslim, making it a magnet for some Christian missionaries.
The Bible Believers [one of the groups present among the protesters] also protested at last year's Arab Festival, holding up both anti-Muslim and anti-Catholic signs and causing one Arab-American Muslim girl to cry.
As the Free-Press notes, there were also peaceful Christian protesters at the event. These individuals spoke kindly to the Muslim attendees and handed out flyers. One Christian woman work a shirt that read, "I [heart symbol] Muslims," while handing out gospel pamphlets.
(H/T: Urban Christian News)