Friday, April 22, 2011

But for pork and strippers...

The Pantheion Club is a highly visible strip club on Michigan Avenue heading into downtown Dearborn. It has also recently been offered to dispute claims that Dearborn is under Shari'a law. (It does not actually look like the Pantheon in Rome.)

Last night at Washtenaw Dairy I glanced at the headlines for the local papers. "Dearborn not ruled by Islamic law, mayor says."


The Free Press story begins:
In an open letter Wednesday to Pastor Terry Jones, Dearborn Mayor Jack O'Reilly Jr. blasted claims that his city is under Islamic law, noting it has three strip clubs and a factory that makes pork products sitting across the street from a mosque.
"None of that should be allowed under Shari'a law," O'Reilly wrote, referring to a set of Islamic rules and customs.

The impassioned letter was the city's latest attempt to convince the Quran-burning Christian pastor to stop his planned Friday protest outside the Islamic Center of America in Dearborn. And it represents another effort by the city to counter attempts to label it as being under Islamic law because of its sizable Muslim population.

How did we get here.

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