Christian activists settle lawsuit over over Arab fest

DETROIT (AP) — A group of Christian activists has settled a lawsuit against a Michigan county, four years after a violent confrontation with Muslims at an Arab-American festival in suburban Detroit.

A federal appeals court last fall said the free-speech rights of activists were violated when police ordered them to leave the 2012 festival in Dearborn or be ticketed. Members of Bible Believers were pelted with rocks while carrying a pig’s head and telling Muslims they would “burn in hell.”

In a recent court filing, a judge said the group and Wayne County had reached a settlement. No details were disclosed. The appeals court had sent the case back to Detroit federal court to determine a financial award.

A lawyer for Bible Believers says county commissioners must approve the deal.