Dearborn, Michigan is home to the largest Muslim and Arab American population in the U.S.
Dearborn is the only U.S. city with a majority Muslim government, where sharia law is openly enforced.
Muslims considers dogs and pigs to be unclean and impure in Islam. The city has 43 parks where dogs are not allowed. Dog saliva is also considered unclean. So dogs are banned from inside residences and businesses.
There are reports that flyers are being distributed in certain neighborhoods limiting dogs from public spaces.
The bright orange flyers were printed in English by a group called 4PublicPurity.org. The flyers read:
“This area is home to a large Muslim community. Please have respect for us and our children and limit the presence of dogs in the public sphere.”
According to the flyers the purity of the public space is necessary to enable Muslims to “remain untainted and without blemish”.
Disability rights organizations are concerned that service dogs will be affected by the ban.
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