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Why is the left ignoring the following story? (abridged)

A New York City Christian Festival volunteer who filed a complaint against four Muslims testified Wednesday that he felt intimidated by the group.
Bob Johnson, told police he was being harassed by a film crew.
"They were making me nervous, and I felt intimidated," Johnson said at the trial for the Muslims in District Court in New York City.
Nabeel Qureshi of Virginia, Negeen Mayel of California and Paul Rezkalla and David Wood, both of New York, were charged with breach of peace.
About 15 minutes later, Qureshi, Wood and Rezkalla were arrested.
Johnson complaint was the only one police received, Smith said.
Robert Muise, attorney for the Muslims, showed jurors segments of a video of Johnson interacting with Qureshi and another volunteer.
Johnson said he was having a pleasant conversation with the other volunteer when Qureshi interrupted. Williams said he told Qureshi, "You don't have to worry about me messing with him. I'm going to mess with you."
"I was out of line saying that statement," Johnson said. "They were not doing anything illegal, but I still felt threatened."

The men spent a night in jail, and were acquitted of the charges.  Nadel was convicted of not following a police officer’s orders.    
Then to top it off, look at what the Mayer said about the issue:

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Knowing that the Muslims will be attending next year’s festival, Muise said the next step to exonerate the Muslims’ constitutional rights is to take civil rights action against the city, whose mayor said he respected the jury’s decision but maintained that the Muslims’ actions are unconstitutional.

"It's really about a hatred of Christians," the Mayor told the NY Times after the verdict was released. "That is what the whole heart of this is."
"Their idea is that there is no place for Christian’s in America. They fail to understand the Constitution," he added.
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Being that the left always says that "they might not agree with what you say, but they will defend with their life your right to say it", you would think there would be at least one reference to this story on DKOS, and perhaps, I just haven’t been able to find it with the search criteria that I used.  But why not more notoriety?

Hopefully, you are pissed off by now, but don’t worry, this story doesn’t follow the template you might expect.
Perhaps it has something to do with the fact that while the names of the accused are correct, the facts as I presented are just a bit different than what really happened.  Different, but it shouldn't make a difference.  Read below the fold to see if it does.

Instead of it being Muslim’s arrested at a Christian event, it was Christian’s arrested at a Arab and apparently Muslim event in Dearborn, Michigan.    Instead of the mayor of NYC, it was the mayor of Dearborn.   I also changed the names of the officer and accuser.

Here is the real story from the Detriot Free Press:

A Dearborn Arab International Festival volunteer who filed a complaint against four Christian missionaries accused of inciting a crowd while evangelizing at the event testified Wednesday that he felt intimidated by the group.

Roger Williams, a festival volunteer from Florida, told police he was being harassed by a film crew.
"They were making me nervous, and I felt intimidated," Williams said at the trial for the missionaries in 19th District Court in Dearborn.
Cpl. Brian Kapanowski told jurors Wednesday he received the complaint from Williams at the June 18 festival.
"I accompanied Williams to identify them," Kapanowski said. "It is my duty to investigate all criminal complaints."
Nabeel Qureshi of Virginia, Negeen Mayel of California and Paul Rezkalla and David Wood, both of New York, were charged with breach of peace.
Mayel also was charged with failure to obey a police officer's order.
"I asked her to put down the camera, and she was backing up away from me," Kapanowski said. "When someone is a subject of an investigation, they have to stop what they're doing and answer my questions."
About 15 minutes later, Qureshi, Wood and Rezkalla were arrested.
Williams' complaint was the only one police received, Kapanowski said.
Robert Muise, attorney for the missionaries, showed jurors segments of a video of Williams interacting with Qureshi and another volunteer.
Williams said he was having a pleasant conversation with the other volunteer when Qureshi interrupted. Williams said he told Qureshi, "You don't have to worry about me messing with him. I'm going to mess with you."
"I was out of line saying that statement," Williams said. "They were not doing anything illegal, but I still felt threatened."
The trial continues today before Judge Mark Somers.

And here is where they are acquitted:
http://www.christianpost.com/article...

And here is where they are suing: (here you can see the Mayer’s comments)

http://www.christianpost.com/...

Some time ago, I posted a diarypositing the idea that the left was not really as concerned about the 1rst amendment as they portray it.  Prove me wrong.

Originally posted to RightLeaningMod on Tue Sep 28, 2010 at 03:38 PM PDT.

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