No ‘Sharia Law’ in Dearborn, Mayor Says
The mayor of Dearborn, Michigan, Jack O’Reilly, says Sharron Angle is a bigoted moron, using his city to stoke fear and hatred against Muslims.
Not in so many words, of course.
In a letter sent to Angle Monday, Dearborn Mayor John O’Reilly, Jr. fired back at the Nevada Republican.
“I am deeply distressed that you have been misled about our community and the way that we conduct our affairs,” O’Reilly writes.
After explaining that the Detroit metro area, which includes Dearborn, has one of the country’s highest concentrations of Arab-Americans in the country, O’Reilly also informs Angle that “Arab-Americans practice religions other than Islam and the Chaldean and Lebanese cultures in our area represent a substantial number of Christians.”
“I am afraid that many share the perception that Muslims have only recently immigrated to this area and are imposing their culture on our region,” O’Reilly also writes, directly addressing Angle’s claims about the role of Muslims in his community.
The Michigan mayor adds, “Muslims have been practicing their faith in our community for almost 90 years without incident or conflict. To suggest that they have taken over ignores the fact that Dearborn hosts 7 mosques and 60 Christian churches.”