4 missionaries charged in Dearborn festival proselytizing

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Four Christian missionaries were arraigned today on misdemeanor charges of disturbing the peace following their June 18 arrest at the Arab International Festival.

Negeen Mayel, 18, of California; Nabeel Qureshi, 29, of Virginia; Paul Rezkalla, 18 of New York, and David Wood, 34, also of New York, face fines of up to $500 each and up to 93 days in jail. Dearborn authorities said the four “chose to escalate their behavior, which appeared well-orchestrated and deliberate” as they handed out religious literature and talking with people at the festival. The woman and three men are members or founders of a group called “Acts 17 Apologetics.”

Festival rules require religious groups to distribute information at paid booths or outside the event. Indeed, Christians who followed the festival’s rules have not encountered problems this year or any other year they attended.

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This post was last updated: Nov. 21, 2013