The Reality of that Dearborn Muslim ‘No-Go’ Zone

As wingnuts work themselves into a lather about the city of Dearborn being a Muslim “no-go zone,” a columnist for the Detroit News pokes fun at them and pokes holes in their claim by pointing out all the places you can get a ham sandwich, liquor stores and Christian churches in that town.

There’s a painting on the window of Lile’s Sandwich Shop, left over from Christmas, of Santa Claus toting a sack of ham.

Apparently, the Dearborn Taliban hasn’t noticed. Or maybe it’s hungry enough to overlook a few things.

Or maybe it’s stockpiling craft beer and expensive scotch at Wine Captain Party Shoppe a few blocks up Michigan Avenue, or holding leadership training at B.T.’s Executive Club.

Or maybe the rabid, liberty-stealing, Constitution-snuffing architects of Shariah law in a friendly Detroit suburb are just a figment of some fevered imaginations…

But every time some fearmongering politician, all-credit-cards-accepted pseudo-preacher or even online humorist brings up Shariah, “no-go zones” or ominous “Muslim enclaves” eyes turn to the home of some 30,000 Arab-Americans, half a dozen mosques …

And 55 assorted Christian churches.

And 60% non-Muslim, by the way. But that won’t stop the Islamophobes from repeating this claim ad nauseum.

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  • barry21

    If only it were so easy to ban fundies…

  • chriswalker

    There’s a street in Dearborn (I think it’s in Dearborn, i haven’t been down that particular way since high school) where there’s a like a Baptist church, a catholic church, and a mosque all right in a row…with a strip club about a block further down.

    A picture of that street would disprove the no-go zone hypothesis.

  • Modusoperandi

    Yes, there are non-Muslin things there, but they are only allowed to be in the no go zones as long as they pay the Muslin tax. They haven’t told anybody outside the Muslin Controlled Areas (or “I.S.I.S”) about being taxed because they’re afraid of the Muslins and their power. Plus it’s okay, in the Muslin faith, to lie about letting people in to zones where they aren’t permitted.

    Muslins rule by the sword, you see. That’s how you can tell they aren’t us Americans. We rule by the gun.

  • Dr X

    No-go zone is one of those pithy, metastatic terms that’s impervious to reason. It’s almost erotic for these people.

  • raven

    I’ve got my own list of No Go Zones.

    One of them is the xian churches. As an ex-xian Pagan, why would I ever want to anyway? At best they are boring, at worst, full of haters, liars, idiots, and bigots these days.

  • tacitus

    Even today, Texas has 10 “dry” counties. You cannot legally buy alcohol anywhere in them, and I’d wager you couldn’t find more than a handful of Muslims in all of them combined. Of the rest, only 49 are completely “wet”, leaving almost 200 counties with areas where the sale of alcohol is still banned.

  • StevoR

    I think the Muslim no-go zones that the believers in these things actually want is the exact opposite of what they claim exists -but clearly does not. I.O.W. Areas where *Muslims* are not allowed to go or live not vice-versa.

  • composer99

    I call dibs on ‘No Go Zone’ as the name of my rap/jazz/country fusion band.

  • blf

    Anne Hidalgo, the mayor of Paris, is suing faux no-go-news about the claimed “no-go” areas in Paris, Paris mayor: I’m suing Fox News over false report on Muslim ‘no-go’ zones:

    The mayor of Paris plans to sue Fox News for its reporting on the city in the wake of the attack on the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo.

    “When we’re insulted, and when we’ve had an image, then I think we’ll have to sue, I think we’ll have to go to court, in order to have these words removed,” Mayor Anne Hidalgo told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour on Tuesday. …

    She was responding to remarks on Fox News that there were “no-go zones” in Paris where non-Muslims and even police were afraid to go. Fox and Friends even broadcast a map outlining seven such zones.

    Paris is not the only European city to be maligned in this way. Bobby Jindal … told a group of British MPs that similar “no-go zones” —– where Sharia law trumps British law — have appeared across the UK.

    Previously, Steve Emerson, a “terrorism expert” talking-head also on Fox News, went one step further, labelling Birmingham … as being a place where “non-Muslims simply don’t go in”.

    Fox News have been roundly mocked for their comments. A French satirical TV show called Le Petit Journal ran a segment ribbing the network, and in Birmingham, users took to Twitter with the joke hashtag “#FoxNewsFacts”.

    UK prime minister David Cameron told ITV news that he “choked on his porridge” when he first heard the comments, before saying that Emerson was “clearly an idiot”.

    The lawsuit will go nowhere, despite being filed in France (I understand), due to First Amendment protections, nor should it succeed. It is grandstanding, albeit to make a point. Hopefully it won’t cost too much before being thrown out…

  • Kermit Sansoo

    raven says: One of them is the xian churches. As an ex-xian Pagan, why would I ever want to anyway? At best they are boring, at worst, full of haters, liars, idiots, and bigots these days.


    Mostly the Fundie churches. Last time I went to one was about 35 years ago. I had made a date with a fellow soldier, cute gal, but she insisted we go to a social at her church first. They showed a movie about nonbelievers going to Hell after death, tormented by demons. Low budget was alright, but the fact that the demons (and the tormented) all spoke in a deep southern accent made it surprisingly fun t watch (plus, it was short). Don’t know why that would be funnier than, say, my Yankee TV accent, or an Irish one, but I found it so.


    Some time later I went on a date later with a young soldier lady named Foxy Brown (one of about 100,000 in 1974) and we went to see the O’Jays. Much more fun.