Until someone sent me some links to his blog, I had no clue who Hussein Wario was. But he's obviously been following us. He's on the "condemn Acts 17 for getting arrested for having a peaceful dialogue" bandwagon. I can't figure out whether it's (1) his unparalleled hatred for James White, or (2) a desire to get into the good graces of Muslims that fuels his rage against us. But whatever his reasons, his articles are interesting pieces of propaganda.
Here's Hussein's latest article:
"My Free Speech Trumps the Gospel"
And here are his previous articles on us (notice that he spends so much time attacking fellow Christians, he rarely manages to address Islam):
"Ergun Caner, Dearborn Arrests and James White"
"Dr. James White's Damage to Christian Outreach to Muslims"
"The Glorified Deceit"
"Dearborn Christian Missionaries Arrests: The Missing Footage"
I don't think I could ever buy Hussein's book, given his constant misrepresentation. Let's look at a few examples.
Dr. Nabeel Qureish stated clearly in an interview before the arrests that Acts 17 would defy the rules of the festival. He said, “We would not follow their exact rules.”
First, that interview took place after the arrests. Second, that's not even what Nabeel said. Haecceitas posted Nabeel's actual words:
“Now I’m not saying all Christians who were there were being persecuted, but I’m saying we who are vocal in our presentation of Christianity are being persecuted when we are there unless we follow their exact rules, which we don’t have to do.”
Nabeel was referring to things like security (who have no legal authority--they're not even police) telling us we can't record, when both city law and festival rules permit us to record. (We have them on tape trying to convince us that we're not allowed to record, as if we hadn't checked out the rules ahead of time!) We're not going to follow rules they're making up on the spot just to annoy us. But this is beside the point. If one were to read Hussein's version of events, one would walk away thinking that Nabeel publicly announced ahead of time that he was going to defy festival rules. And this is just nonsense. We bent over backwards to make sure we didn't violate any festival rules. But this doesn't matter to Hussein.
Hussein isn't done, however. Nabeel wasn't the only one who publicly announced his diabolical plans ahead of time:
Mr. David Wood was overheard before the arrest saying that he planned to defy the rules because getting arrested would get more of an outcry or response.
This is just pathetic! First, they said we were harassing a volunteer. Video footage refuted that claim. Then they said we were screaming at the crowd. Video footage refuted that. Then they said I was deliberately blocking an entrance. Video footage refuted that. Then they said we were ordered to leave, and that we refused. Video footage refuted that. Then they said half a dozen or so other things. And video footage refuted all of it.
Obviously, people are getting reluctant to say we did anything at the festival, since any false claim will be refuted by indisputable video footage. What's the next step? Some anonymous person, off camera, overheard me say that I was going to defy the rules! Let me guess--the mayor? Well, I certainly did a poor job defying the rules! Silly me, I obeyed all of them! And I still got arrested!
Let's look at another claim:
We know now that these Christians were not arrested for sharing the Gospel or distributing Bibles and tracts as they have publicly said.
Where did we "publicly" say we were arrested for distributing Bibles? We reported exactly what happened. Four of us were taken into custody on Sunday for passing out Bibles. This was two days after our arrest. When did we say otherwise? It seems that facts and accuracy don't mean much to Mr. Wario.
Then there's this:
Two things are clear. First, they didn’t follow the rules of the festival. Second, they have given conflicting statements, which show they were not preaching or distributing materials.
Actually, neither of these things is clear. I challenge Hussein to tell us which festival rule we knowingly violated. The only rule anyone can accuse us of violating is the rule against distributing materials outside of the festival. And we only broke this rule because we didn't know about it. When police informed us (after taking us into custody), we obeyed the rule. But that's not the picture one would get from reading Hussein's blog. One would think that we were flagrantly running around breaking the rules (as we supposedly announced we would do!). And where are the conflicting statements? And how can Mr. Wario say that we weren't preaching, when we have video footage of Nabeel preaching?
This one is especially hilarious:
Acts 17 claimed handing out Bibles and evangelizing was prohibited, but we know it was occurring. Pastor Haytham Abi-Haydar’s church was handing out Bibles and evangelistic materials, literature Acts 17 said they could not hand out in this video here.
According to Hussein, we were lying when we said we weren't allowed to distribute copies of the Gospel of John! But wait! Do we or do we not have video footage of police stopping us from handing out copies of the Gospel of John? Is he really going to deny the video footage? But now Hussein has contradicted himself. He's saying, on the one hand, that we were violating the rules. But the only rule we violated (because we didn't know it was a rule) was handing out materials outside of the festival. But Hussein just claimed that this wasn't against the rules! So what rule did we violate, then?
Ah well, there are plenty more deceptions in Hussein's articles, but this should give you an idea of how we're being attacked. Hussein even calls on other Christians to join him in attacking us:
We should remain steadfast in rebuking them and asking them to work with the hard-working Christians reaching out in Dearborn.
Here's a translation of his words:
We should remain steadfast in inventing things and misrepresenting the facts in an effort to discredit Acts 17, and we should continue demanding that they submit to Christian leaders (such as Haytham Abi Hayder) who lie about their fellow Christians.
Yes, Hussein wants everyone to join the hard-working Christians in Dearborn. While there are some excellent Christian brothers and sisters in Dearborn, I'm assuming Hussein is referring to the Christians who, like him, sit around attacking their fellow Christians. It seems the rest of us will have to remain steadfast getting the truth out. Christians like Hussein apparently think that deception and misrepresentation are tools in a Christian's toolbox. Sad.
(Note: If you're expecting an apology from Hussein after drawing attention to his distortions, think again.)
***UPDATE*** In the comments section, there's an unrelated dispute between Nabeel and me as to whether Wario was Mario's nemesis. Nabeel is under the delusion that Bowser was Mario's true nemesis. I rest my case with this commercial:
And if this picture doesn't prove my case, nothing will: