The accompanying video shows what happened when a Christian group called the Bible Believers demonstrated at the 2012 Arab Festival in Dearborn, Michigan. The Christian group carried a pig’s head and held up signs offensive to the Arab population, who physically and verbally attacked and ultimately tried to stone them (see 9:30 minutes into the video).
Even though the Christians actions were hateful, they were protected by the U.S. Constitution (freedom of speech and religion). The police studiously ignored the mob violence, forced the Christians to leave and threatened to arrest them, which provoked a lawsuit against the city brought by the Christians.
The city had already lost two similar suits from previous years (one of which cost Dearborn taxpayers $100,000). Again, the courts ruled against the city. After the 2012 incident, the Arab America Festival was canceled.
On Thursday, March 27, 2014, the scheduled screening of Honor Diaries, Clarion Project’s film about the problems of honor violence, female genital mutilation and other forms of misogyny in Muslim-majority societies was canceled on the University of Michigan, Dearborn campus.
Fox News reported the film was shut down by the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), which started a Twitter campaign against the film, calling it “Islamophobic.”
CAIR went on record claiming it objected to the film not because of the content, but because it was made by the Clarion Project.
Almost seven month later, on October 15, 2014, the film was shown on the University of Michigan’s Ann Arbor campus.
Jamaat ul-Fuqra/Muslims of the Americas “Islamic Village”
During the course of the Clarion Project’s investigation of Jamaat ul-Fuqra, a cultish Islamist terrorist group that now goes by the name of Muslims of the Americas, a woman who was raised in one of the group’s “Islamic villages” came forward and allowed us to interview her.
Her heartbreaking story can be read here. It is one of the very few first-hand testimonies from someone who was inside Jamaat ul-Fuqra when it committed terrorism under that name.
The Jamaat ul-Fuqra group is best known for establishing “Islamic villages” on U.S. soil, for example, its “Islamberg” headquarters in New York state. The woman grew up in a Fuqra enclave in Highland Park, Michigan.
A Salafist imam from Michigan, Ahmad Musa Jibril, spews his radicalism through the internet and social media. One of the London terrorists was reportedly radicalized by watching Jibril’s videos. Watch below Clarion Project’s National Security Analyst and Shillman Fellow Ryan Mauro on Fox explain Jibril’s part in a recent terror attack in London:
Dr. Juama Nargarwala, 44, an emergency room doctor in Michigan, stands accused of performing FGM on two young girls from Minnesota, although prosecutors said in court that she may have cut up to 100 girls over the past 12 years.
So far, during the ongoing investigation, the state has discovered that six more girls were mutilated. Members of the sect and their daughters were told to keep quiet about the FGM procedures, according to the charges against the doctor and her alleged accomplices.
A lawyer involved in the ongoing case against Nargarwala also alleged in court that the doctor’s mosque had paid for the barbaric and illegal procedures.
Nargarwala is part of a sect of Muslims from India called the Dawoodi Bohra. She was arrested in April trying to board a flight to Kenya after the FBI received a tip in the case. Bail was denied. Also charged in the case are two other members of the Dawoodi Bohra sect: Dr. Fakhruddin Attar, 53, accused of letting Nargarwala use his clinic in Livonia, Michigan to carry out the procedures and his wife, Farida Attar, 50, who is charged with holding the girls’ hands during the painful cutting.