When Dearborn gets angry at someone, they don't mess around. Last year, Nabeel and I exposed the thug tactics of Arab Festival security. (They were using these tactics against many other Christians; we just caught their actions on tape.) What was the response this year? Festival volunteer Roger Williams lied about us. Police lied about us (see here, here, and here). Even the Mayor lied about us (see here, here, here, and here). They threw us in jail on false charges and launched a smear campaign against us.
But they were just getting warmed up. Through the Freedom of Information Act, anyone can request our police reports. Before releasing our reports, however, police are supposed to block out our personal information, such as home addresses. Not long ago, someone forwarded me the report being released by the Dearborn Police Department. Nabeel's address, Negeen's address, and Paul's address had all been taken out. My full name and home address, however, were prominently displayed on page six of the report! This is disturbing, as I know that Muslims now have access to the report.
Why would police include my personal information in the report being sent to the public? If you recall, I'm the one who made a video publicly rebuking Police Chief Haddad. Is this deliberate retaliation from Dearborn Police, or a mere oversight? Either way, police have endangered my family. I fully accept that I'm in a risky ministry, and that Muslims may kill me one day. But I try to make sure my family is safe, and Dearborn just drew a map for Muslims who want to invade my home.
In case anyone thinks this isn't serious, keep in mind that we are already being threatened. We previously pointed out the following threat, which was posted as a comment on one of our YouTube videos:
"Al Sayef Al Maslool Liman Sab Al-Rasoul" can be translated either as "A drawn sword for him who left the prophet" (in which case it would obviously be directed towards Nabeel) or as "A drawn sword for him who cursed the prophet" (in which case it could refer to either of us, since we argue against the prophethood of Muhammad). Either way, the comment calls for Muslims to "track these guys down" and "deal with the case," which refers to both of us.
Now why would someone be calling for Muslims to butcher us? Since we've been defending Christianity and refuting Islam publicly for years without much problem, this particular call for our deaths seems to be a reaction to recent events in Dearborn. But what did we do in Dearborn? We peacefully discussed our views with the Muslims there. Peaceful dialogues don't usually give rise to death threats, so why such anger from Muslims? It's simple. The Police Department and the Mayor didn't tell people that we were having a peaceful dialogue. The Police Department claims that we were screaming at Muslims and starting a riot, and the Mayor claims that we were attempting to make Muslims look bad (and that we regularly travel to Muslim events in order to cause disruptions!).
In other words, Muslims are angry at us, not so much because of something we've done, but because of the distortion and deception of Dearborn leaders. And now, on top of poisoning Muslims against us through such blatant misrepresentations, the City of Dearborn is giving out my home address!
This is simply shocking. Here's a review of our encounter with Dearborn over the past two years (summary, not direct quotations):
2009 DEARBORN ARAB FESTIVAL
DAVID AND NABEEL: "Dearborn is harassing Christians. This is an element of Sharia!"
MUSLIM SECURITY GUARDS: "We'll fix you guys!" (Security attacks David, Nabeel, and Mary Jo, after setting us up for supposedly breaking the rules.)
DAVID AND NABEEL: "Hey! They just attacked us! Shouldn't someone do something about this?"
MAYOR: "Let's have a meeting to discuss how we can deal with these Acts 17 guys!"
2010 DEARBORN ARAB FESTIVAL
MUSLIM SECURITY GUARDS: "We'll get them this time! We just need an excuse!"
ROGER WILLIAMS: "Acts 17 harassed me!"
POLICE: "Here's the chance we were waiting for! Lock them up! Get the girl, too!"
DAVID AND NABEEL: "Sorry, guys. Lies won't work. We've got cameras."
POLICE: "Seize their cameras!"
DAVID: "Chief Haddad and the Dearborn Police Department are enforcing Sharia!"
POLICE REPORT: "Acts 17 was harassing people, screaming at Muslims, and starting a riot!"
MAYOR: "Acts 17 just wants to make Muslims look bad!"
JUDGE: "Give them their cameras back."
DAVID AND NABEEL: "Here's the footage, everyone. We told you they were lying."
MUSLIM: "Acts 17 is harassing Muslims? Let's kill those guys."
CITY OF DEARBORN: "Here is David's home address."
I'm not sure what to do in situations like this. Normally, we call on police and other leaders to protect us. What can we do when police and other leaders become part of the problem?