Thousands visit Arab festival; some protest Islam
Dearborn hosts the Arab International Festival on Warren Avenue
The 2012 Arab International Festival has drawn thousands of visitors to the Detroit suburb of Dearborn, as well as attracting some anti-Muslim protesters.
The festival opened Friday and ends Sunday in Dearborn, a community with large Arab-American and Muslim populations. About 300,000 people in southeastern Michigan have roots in the Arab world.
The festival includes concerts by more than a dozen Arab musicians and a range of Middle Eastern foods and products.
A number of Christian missionaries have picketed the festival. One brought a pig's head Friday.
One group called the Bible Believers held signs saying "Islam is a religion of blood and murder" and "Muhammad is a ... liar."