Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich is defending the actions of four Christian missionaries arrested in June in Dearborn as they tried to convert Muslims to Christianity during the Arab International Festival.
The four -- Negeen Mayel, 18, of California; Nabeel Qureshi, 29, of Virginia; Paul Rezkalla, 18, of New York; and David Wood, 34, also of New York -- were arrested June 18 in Dearborn. They were arraigned July 12 on fines of up to $500 each and up to 93 days in jail.
Dearborn police said July 12 that the four self-described missionaries "chose to escalate their behavior, which appeared well-orchestrated and deliberate" as they handed out religious literature and talked with people at the festival. The woman and three men are members or founders of a group called "Acts 17 Apologetics."