Newt Gingrich continues to demonstrate his unusual (for a politician) awareness of the stealth jihad threat. In this case, he quite rightly points out that Christians trying to preach to Muslims or convert them to Christianity is not illegal under U.S. law; it is only illegal under Sharia. These Christians should never have been arrested, and the fact that they were is a sign of the power of the Islamic community in Dearborn, and the willingness of dhimmi Dearborn authorities to implement elements of Sharia in order to please that community.
An update on this story: “Gingrich defends 4 arrested trying to convert Muslims to Christianity: The four tried to convert Muslims to Christianity at festival,” by Oralandar Brand-Williams in The Detroit News, August 4 (thanks to Twostellas):
Detroit — Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich is defending the actions of four Christian missionaries arrested in June in Dearborn as they tried to convert Muslims to Christianity during the Arab International Festival.
The four — Negeen Mayel, 18, of California; Nabeel Qureshi, 29, of Virginia; Paul Rezkalla, 18, of New York; and David Wood, 34, also of New York — were arrested June 18 in Dearborn. They were arraigned July 12 on fines of up to $500 each and up to 93 days in jail.
Dearborn police said July 12 that the four self-described missionaries “chose to escalate their behavior, which appeared well-orchestrated and deliberate” as they handed out religious literature and talked with people at the festival. The woman and three men are members or founders of a group called “Acts 17 Apologetics.”
In a July 28 e-newsletter, Gingrich defended the four.
“They were … on a public street outside an Arab festival in a way that is completely permissible by law, but, of course, forbidden by sharia’s rules on proselytizing,” said Gingrich, a Republican, referring to the missionaries passing out literature. “This is a clear case of freedom of speech and the exercise of religious freedom being sacrificed in deference to sharia’s intolerance against the preaching of religions other than Islam.”
Sharia law is a set of religious laws based on the Islamic Holy Book, the Quran.
“Cases like this will become all the more common as radical Islamists grow more and more aggressive in the United States,” Gingrich wrote about the missionaries’ case and others pointed out in the newsletter….
Quite so — cases like this will become more common. And they’re already more common than people think, as I showed in my 2008 book Stealth Jihad.