Victory for Free Speech in Texas

Robert Spencer is the director of Jihad Watch and author of the New York Times bestsellers The Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam (and the Crusades) and The Truth About Muhammad. His latest book, Arab Winter Comes to America: The Truth About the War We're In, is now available.


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In a major victory for the increasingly embattled freedom of speech, the Texas Supreme Court has just denied a petition by the Islamic Society of Arlington, Texas and six other Texas-based Islamic organizations to review their case against human rights activist (and FrontPage Magazine writer) Joe Kaufman. The case has already gone against the Islamic groups in the initial decision as well as on appeal, but they seem determined to silence Kaufman, and could conceivably try now to take the case all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court. The suit itself is a manifestation of the global assault on free speech that is picking up steam more quickly than ever now, with conservative voices shouted down and physically threatened on college campuses, and warriors for free speech such as the Dutch politician Geert Wilders facing trial for exercising this fundamental right.

The Islamic groups’ suit against Kaufman is a cynical attempt to silence him and prevent his dissemination of truths about them that they would prefer unwary Infidels didn’t know – specifically, the terror ties of Islamic groups in the U.S. Ironically, however, none of the groups that sued Kaufman were actually mentioned in the article they claimed libeled them. Kaufman explains: “In October 2007, I had a lawsuit and a restraining order brought against me by seven Dallas-area Islamic organizations, who objected to an article that I had written for FrontPage. Not one of the groups was mentioned in the article. It was concerning information I had personally discovered linking the Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA) to the financing of terrorism abroad. My allegations regarding this were and are backed up by irrefutable proof.”

As frivolous as their charges against Kaufman manifestly were, their implications were ominous. Leftists and their Islamic supremacist allies, unable to refute the evidence and arguments their opponents present, are resorting to intimidation both legal and physical. While Kaufman has been harassed in the courtroom for over two years now, conservative speakers at campuses all over the country routinely face the specter of being physically attacked simply for expressing views out of sync with politically correct dogma. Speaking at the University of Southern California on November 4, 2009, David Horowitz noted that this was a relatively recent development: “It used to be a pleasure for me to speak on a college campus like USC.  I can remember the days when I could stroll onto the USC campus and walk over to the statue of Tommy Trojan where College Republicans had erected a platform for a rally to support our troops in Afghanistan after 9/11 at which I was to speak.  Now, however, I can’t set foot on this campus – or any campus – without being accompanied by a personal bodyguard and a battalion of armed campus security police to protect me and my student hosts.” He said this while protected by a bodyguard and twelve armed campus security officers.

Both of these forms of intimidation are being directed now at Geert Wilders, the Dutch Parliamentarian who produced the film Fitna, which shows how Islamic jihadists use violent passages of the Qur’an to justify violence and supremacism. For this and other alleged acts of “hate speech,” Wilders goes on trial in the Netherlands on January 20, for charges including having “intentionally offended a group of people, i.e. Muslims, based on their religion.”

It is a sad day for the freedom of speech when a man can be put on trial for causing another man offense. If offending someone were really a crime warranting prosecution by the civil authorities, the legal system would be brought to a standstill. But of course what Dutch authorities and Muslim groups in the Netherlands really want to bring to a standstill by trying Wilders is his truth-telling about the nature of Islamic jihad and Islamic supremacism – an honesty that has made his party one of the most popular in the Netherlands. The trial is an attempt by the nation’s political elites to silence one of their most formidable critics.

Wilders delineates the implications of his trial: “On the 20th of January 2010, a political trial will start. I am being prosecuted for my political convictions. The freedom of speech is on the verge of collapsing. If a politician is not allowed to criticise an ideology anymore, this means that we are lost, and it will lead to the end of our freedom. However I remain combative: I am convinced that I will be acquitted.”

Even if he does prevail, however, Wilders is still not free. “I would not qualify myself as a free man,” he has explained. “Four and a half years ago I lost my freedom. I am under guard permanently, courtesy to those who prefer violence to debate.”

Will American defenders of the freedom of speech also soon have to be under permanent guard, and spending thousands of hours defending themselves in court from frivolous charges that are intended only to silence them? We have already started down that road. Joe Kaufman has won another victory this week, but the Islamic supremacist machine in the United States has by no means given up its larger jihad against free speech and free thought. Those who are determined not to be silenced must settle in for a long, hard fight.

  • Mary Wilbur

    Freedom of Speech is worth fighting for. Keep up the good work!

    • Frank

      Frank from Oslo, Norway…..it is frightening to see that this is happening all over the world…where the muslims are living. We also have the pressure on us to enable laws to hinder free speech… I think we soon will have to take up the fight against our ages "nazi" hordes…the muslims.

  • Harbi

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  • kafir4life

    This has gotta have our resident Texas islamist, Crabnutter Mikey's knickers in a bunch. He's been a staunch supporter of shutting down freedom of speech for Joe and others. His handlers at the terror supporting organization cair must be angry that Crabnutters doesn't know how to do his dawah properly. Let's give them a hearty allahu snackbar (where today, pork rinds are buy one get one free).

    Remember….say it's a religion of peace or they'll kill you!

  • lenna darlling

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  • Hawk

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    "There is no law that prohibits the marriage of a girl under 18," says the randy old goat, and he's right. After all, Muhammad did it:

    "The Prophet wrote the (marriage contract) with 'Aisha while she was six years old and consummated his marriage with her while she was nine years old and she remained with him for nine years (i.e. till his death)." — Bukhari 7.62.88

    As for the bride, she just called for help as she burst into tears.

    "Save me. I don't want him," she cried.

  • Steve Chavez

    IS THIS TOO LONG?

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  • Jeff McDonald

    Once again, Spencer is right on. His books should be required reading for our "representatives" in the Jelly Dome in DC. I feel a deep sadness as our country has now passed the "hate crimes" legislation. It is just another attempt at placating our enemies and destroying the preaching of Christianity in our churches. In Australia, Christian ministers are being arrested under these laws, as they preach against Islam. Funny how these totalitarian laws only apply a one-way street to "hate speech".

  • Seek

    Most Muslims, I have found, have narcissistic personality disorder. Every criticism directed at them, however justifed and mild — is something "done" to them and their compatriots. They need a shrink, not a clergyman.

    • coyote3

      I don' t know if "Moslems" (that is actually the correct name) have a personality disorder or not. I do know, that from what I have seen, and I will admit I am not an authority on the subject, if their reactions are any indication, they do not understand "freedom" as we understand it. Now, that is what the vocal ones indicate, and the silent ones don't seem to be doing much to disprove this.

  • Paul

    As a general rule, Islam and its Muslims, do not understand and do not believe in "freedom of speech." They never have and never will. The very concept of "freedom" is foreign to them, and considered a national threat. Since Moses declared it, but rather than accept it into any part of their society, the Arabs let all his followers simply leave. There was no room for "freedom," and by implication, the end of slavery.

    The printing press was in common use throughout Europe by the late 1400s. The Arabs were aware of it but passed laws to keep the printing press out of Asia. 300 years later they began to license a few presses in Egypt, under strict government control. Printing, the key to "freedom of the press," was also a threat.

    The whole concept of the "rights of man" and "freedom" are completely alien to Islam. Israel is like a 1500 watt halogen light bulb shining in a cave of bats, and undermines their preference for darkness.

    The ultimate irony is that Muslims now use these freedoms against its inventors. The sadness is that the West doesn't see this.

    • Raymond in DC

      Indeed. By one accounting, Israelis have earned 16,805 patents; the Arabs only 836. In 2008, Israelis earned 1,166 patents, the Arabs only 71. Not a single Arab university is ranked among the top 500 in the world. Israel counts at least 3 (more on some surveys).

  • http://federatedrepublic.com Federated Republic

    But we must culturally and politically sensitive to the backward cultures of others, especially if they have dark skin. American White Christian culture? Oh we must throw that in the toilet, but NOT the Koran or misogynist, homophobic murdering Islam mind you, you'll be flogged and burned at the stake for that offense!

    Just keep on voting Demoncrat and see what happens America!

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/JosephWiess JosephWiess

    Even if he does prevail, however, Wilders is still not free. “I would not qualify myself as a free man,” he has explained. “Four and a half years ago I lost my freedom. I am under guard permanently, courtesy to those who prefer violence to debate.”

    Sadly that one quote from the article sums it all up. Militant Muslims don't appreciate debate, and know that they don't have a logical leg to stand on, so they resort of violence. If the radical Muslim's win, we lose, because the only worlds we'd be allowed to say are, "Yes, Master, you are right."

    But, not me, I will die rather than give up my rights, or have them taken from me. By the way, this is the US of A, where you don't have the right not to be offended.

  • Mark Bernadiner

    Islam is based on three fundamental principles:
    1.Stealing
    2.Killing, and
    3.Lying
    Koran is Islamic Mein Kamf.
    Islam is fascism and must be eliminated from the face of the Earth.

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    • MGUNS

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  • Hal Barton

    Look here at what on one ever mentions: The Koran advocates cold-blooded murder many times, yet everyone who posts here never yells, “murder” even Hitler’s best seller did not directly advocate Murder! So why doesn’t someone of you point out this most important fact? I don’t get it. All the things you complain about are of much less importance – why bother with little things when bloody murder can be proved?

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  • USMCSniper

    Remember my Islamic friends to be law abiding like we law abiding citizens who are all allowed to own and have guns in Texas can also get conealed weapons permits for them.

    And as the late Charelton Heston once said, " You'll get my guns only when you can pry them from my cold dead hands."

  • http://www.multiline.com.au/~johnm John of Perth

    Well done ! Free speech is the most important freedom, but is refused point-blank by two desert-based religions. I recommend carefully reading, re-checking and cross-checking “Texts used to back the call for SUBMISSION” at
    http://www.multiline.com.au/~johnm/submit/subtexts.htm . Once you absorb this material, you will have a different slant on the world.

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