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Spinning an anti-Islam line at the Arab International Festival 2012 in Dearborn Michigan

by | 3rd, July 2012

AT the Arab International Festival 2012 Dearborn Michigan, trouble . Richard Bartholomew reports :

A reasonable observation from Alan Noble at Christ and Pop Culture :

Get a bunch of kids together, mock their beliefs, try to ward them away with a pig head on a stick, yell at them, and no matter what religion they are, don’t be surprised if they start throwing trash. That doesn’t in any way justify their action, but it does explain it.

Noble was responding to reports that Muslims had stoned Christian evangelists in Dearborn the source for these is a video created by  Tom Trento ‘s “United West” outfit:

Ruben Israel returned this year to the Arab Festival and once again incited the festival goers to scream and yell and throw trash… It was picked up by The BlazeAmerican VisionAmerican ThinkerFrontPage Magazine, and other, smaller conservative websites.

Pamela Geller  and  Robert Spencer  have also promoted the story.

However:

…The video edits out the part where Ruben Israel explains to a police officer that they have a pig head on a pole because Muslims are “petrified” of pigs and so it “keeps them at bay.” No really. He says that… They also cut out Ruben Israel mocking the crowd for being a “religion of peace.”  And one of the other “preachers” yelling at the kids that all they think about is violence and murder and hate.”

Noble notes that the edited version also leaves out footage of police working to keep order, and adults attending the festival attempting to calm the youths down. I’m surprised that this bad faith spun version of the story has received so much traction –mainstream media had a full account at the time, and Noble notes that even the Blaze had originally reported the incident as “Screaming Anti-Islam Protestors Taunt Muslims with Pig’s Head”.

The claim is also being made that media has underplayed the violence Ruben and his gang encountered; in particular,  Israel claims  that one Muslim is alleged to attempted to drive his car into the group, with the result that he is “now officially charged with 9 counts of attempted

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