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On Saturday, Feb. 14, a Detroit area man stabbed two people at a suburban bus stop after asking the victims whether or not they were Muslims.
The men were waiting at the bus stop near Detroit when the suspect, 39-year-old Terrence Lavaron Thomas began talking with several people and asked if they were Muslims. The two victims answered they were not Muslims.
A Southfield police officer reported that Thomas was not not happy with that answer and without provocation, he pulled out a 3-inch folding knife and attacked the victims. Both are in their early 50’s. One was stabbed five times, the other was stabbed in the hand while he tried to stop the attack. Both men have been released from the hospital with “non-life threatening injuries.
Thomas fled the scene, but the police arrested him shortly after. He was found carrying two knives, including one which appeared to be the one used in the attack. They also reported the suspect was in possession of marijuana.
A Southfield police officer claimed Thomas said that he was a Muslim and was not happy that the victims indicated that they were not Muslims.
Thomas has been charged with two counts of assault with intent to murder, one count of carrying a dangerous weapon, and one count of possession of a controlled substance.
He could also face a charge of ethnic intimidation. Prosecutors were still determining whether or not to add it to the charges. Thomas’s bond was set at $1 million. A preliminary examination is scheduled for March 4.
The FBI was contacted to determine whether Thomas will also face federal charges.
Naghmeh Abedini, wife of Pastor Saeed to visit DETROIT AREA: Religious Freedom Rally Saturday, Nov. 15
Come and hear Naghmeh Abedini, Pastor Saeed’s wife, as she shares the latest updates regarding her husband, who is currently serving an 8-year prison sentence in Iran for sharing his Christian faith.
Hear how this has strengthened her faith in God. Join us as we petition the international community to demand release of this innocent man, followed by a time of prayer for the persecuted church.
FRIDAY NIGHT Nov.14, 2014 at 8pm-11pm
Naghmeh will also be at the Dearborn Justice House of Prayer
Springwells Church -14900 Michigan Ave., Dearborn, MI. 48126
SATURDAY NIGHT Nov.15, 2014 at 5pm
Religious Freedom Rally at
Dearborn Heights First Assembly of God
5650 Telegraph Rd., Dearborn Heights, MI. 48125
A Detroit-area woman is accusing her children’s school of hypocrisy after her son was told not to bring his Bible to class and her daughter’s teacher distributed worksheets referencing alcohol.
Jessica Cross, of Dearborn Heights, her 8-year-old son, Jason, would take his Bible to school to read during a free period. He was eventually told that book is “only for church, not school,” MyFoxDetroit.com reported.
Cross said her son, who is autistic, has been treated poorly by school staff and subjected to unnecessary punishments.
“Putting my son in time outs for 13 hours a week and refusing him lunch, and just absurd things and just, if I did something like that I’d lose my kids,” Cross said, adding that she has kept classroom logs and has been unable to resolve the issue with school officials since October.
Cross said that after her son was told not to bring his Bible to school, her 6-year-old daughter was sent home with a worksheet that read, “My dad drinks wine. He puts a lime in his wine. It makes my mom smile,” the station reported.
As she was making dinner Wednesday, Cross said her daughter asked her, “‘Mommy, why would a daddy drinking wine make a mommy happy?’ And I dropped my spoon, I was like, ‘What?’”
In an interview with MyFoxDetroit.com, Superintendent Laurine VanValkenburg apologized about the worksheet and said that students are allowed to bring their Bibles to read at school.
“If a child wants to bring a bible to school, they may,” she said, adding that she has been out of town and plans to look into both incidents when she returns.
Read more at MyFOXDetroit