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This Week in Stupid: “Dearborn, Michigan, Is a ‘No-Go’ Zone”

The latest blatant falsehood from the right-wing noise machine is about “no-go” zones: communities inhabited by violent, America-hating Muslims. Tony Perkins, the president of the Family Research Council[1], said the other day that Dearborn, Michigan, is such a zone, a place where sharia law is in effect.

Really? That would come as news to the mayor of Dearborn. His name? John B. O’Reilly, Jr.

It’s safe to say that Mr. Perkins’ Dearborn IQ is close to absolute zero. He’s probably unaware that the city has had Arabic residents for several generations, and that many of them are Maronite Christians with roots in Lebanon. To him, they probably “all look alike.”

He’d also be surprised to learn that Fordson High School, whose enrollment is 98 percent Arab, has a football team. A few years ago, the team was the subject of a documentary about how the players coped with both ethnic prejudice and the Ramadan fast, which overlapped that year’s football season.

Dearborn is the home of Greenfield Village and the Henry Ford Museum, the Detroit area’s number-one tourist attraction. In other words, people go to the no-go zone. In the Village, they won’t see public stonings. What they will see is homes of famous Americans, vintage baseball players, and Civil War re-enactors. The museum is filled with classic cars, farm equipment, and other all-American inventions. Okay, it uses Arabic numbers, but so do the rest of us.

Everyone in Greater Detroit knows that Henry Ford put Dearborn on the map, and that Ford Motor Company’s world headquarters building, The Glass House, is located there. Ford remains the city’s largest employer. Its new CEO, Mark Fields, is Jewish—something the imams wouldn’t stand for if sharia law were in effect.

Dearborn is also the home of Buddy’s Pizza and Miller’s Bar, among other licensed establishments. It’s a known fact that you can enjoy a beer in town without fear of a public flogging.

Last but not least, there’s the Dearborn Sausage Company. In addition to sausages, lunchmeat, and pierogis, the company sells high-end spiral-sliced hams which, presumably, are not certified halal.

Perhaps Mr. Perkins should pay a visit to Dearborn and see for himself how wrong his characterization is. On second thought, that would be a terrible idea. He might prove as ungracious a guest as another self-professed Christian, the Reverend Terry Jones[2].

[1] Perkins has a history of making crazy statements. Last year, he claimed that gay rights advocates are “going to start rolling out the boxcars to start hauling off Christians.” Is he aware of how bad train service is in this country?

[2] Jones had a unique way of spreading God’s love: burning Qurans in public. I use the past tense because Jones quit his church and opened a chili cheese dog stand in a Florida shopping mall.

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