We’ve featured the legal persecution of Dr. Wood and his colleagues in this space in the past (see the “Roster of the Silenced” entry at the bottom of this post for details on the case). In his interview with Michael Coren, Dr. Wood talks about the extra-legal persecution that was mounted against him for speaking out about Islam, and against his colleagues for being apostates from Islam who converted to Christianity.
Many thanks to Vlad Tepes for uploading this video:
From the Roster of the Silenced:
Names: Negreen Mayel, Nabeel Qureshi, Paul Rezkalla, Dr. David Wood
Initial charge: June 18, 2010
Disposition or final date: acquitted September 24, 2010
Offense: Handing out Christian material in a Muslim neighborhood
Statute: Breach of Peace and Failure to Obey a Lawful Order of a Police Officer
Dr. Wood is a former atheist who is currently a Teaching Fellow in Philosophy at Fordham University.
Arrest: The four defendants were arrested on June 18, 2010, for passing out copies of the Gospel of St. John in English and Arabic at the Annual Dearborn Arab Festival in Dearborn Michigan.
Specific Charge: Breach of Peace and Failure to Obey a Lawful Order of a Police Officer. (Videos taken of the arrest did not show any evidence of either of the charges.)
Disposition: After a five day trial, all four were acquitted by a jury on September 24, 2010. The victims have filed a civil suit against the City of Dearborn. Needless to say, they were NOT silenced.