6th Circuit corrects a case of political correctness

Nov 3, 2015 by

The head of a messianic Jewish ministry says political correctness was at play when police in suburban Detroit sided against Christians in a confrontation with Muslims three years ago. Now, an appeals court has ruled that the Christians’ free-speech rights were violated.

The case stems from a 2012 incident in which members of a group called Bible Believers were pelted with rocks. The group was carrying a pig’s head and telling Dearborn Muslims at the Arab street festival that they would “burn in hell.” At the time, Wayne County sheriff’s deputies told the evangelists to leave or be ticketed.

But recently, the Sixth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati affirmed the rights of Bible Believers.

Jan Markell, founder and director of Olive Tree Ministries, is outraged that only the Christians were targeted by police.

Markell, Jan (Olive Tree Ministries)“Why is it only one side came under some real condemnation,” she wonders. “That goes back to political correctness, and that’s going to bury this country eventually; just give it enough time… That’s going to be on our tombstone.”

But while she recognizes the group’s free speech rights were violated, Markell does not think the Christians were good witnesses that day.

“Christians were talking about ‘these Muslims are going to burn in hell.’ Well, it’s just no way to spread the gospel,” she asserts. “I think we expect the Muslims to act immaturely. We just don’t expect Christians who are spreading the gospel to behave this way.”

The case will now return to federal court in Detroit to determine a financial award for the Christian activists.

 

Source: 6th Circuit corrects a case of political correctness

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