Police Called on Man Who Accuses Muslim Panel of Terrorism Complacency

Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is a New York writer focusing on radical Islam. He is completing a book on the international challenges America faces in the 21st century.


Al Capone

Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to Chicago. Your co-pilot for this flight will be Rahm Emanuel and a drunken angry Imam. If you look out on the right side of the plane, you’ll see the United States Constitution burning. If you look out on the left side of the plane, you’ll see Chicago.

What a southwest suburban library had promoted as an educational forum this week on Muslim life in America quickly turned into a contentious debate about Islam.

Educational apparently does not mean a discussion. It means “Shut up and accept what we tell you.”

The tone for the Thursday evening event was set while the three panelists at the Orland Park Library were still introducing themselves. In the first of many interruptions, a half-dozen audience members stood up and demanded that everyone recite the Pledge of Allegiance.

Nothing sets an uglier tone than the Pledge of Allegiance.

Library Director Mary Weimar denied their request. She explained that it wasn’t standard practice to recite the pledge at library events and requested that the attendees show more respect for the panelists.

If only he had suggested singing the Internationale. I bet Mary would have been belting it out. Followed by a dozen Spanish civil war songs.

So began a tense and often heated 90-minute debate — punctuated with frequent yelling and finger-pointing from audience members — over the practice of Shariah law, the meaning of jihad and the intersection of Islamic and American culture.

Together they repeatedly asked the audience to maintain an open mind about Islam. In return, they were peppered with questions about Muslim extremists and the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

Joseph Figliulo, a Frankfort resident and member of Act! For America, a national organization of people concerned about “the threat of radical Islam,” called Shariah “a totalitarian ideology along the lines of communism and fascism.”

Nearly a dozen audience members appeared to side with Figliulo. They often clapped and cheered for one another as they took turns explaining their distrust of Muslims.

Others in the 60-person crowd took offense at the frequent outbursts and told those responsible to “shut up or leave.”

Library officials called police after an audience member accused the panelists of being complacent in the face of terrorism overseas. The remark led to a burst of outrage from audience me

The article bends over backward to denounce the American side and yet it doesn’t say that he shouted or threatened. Instead good old Mary called the Chicago cops because he said the panelists were “complacent” when it came to terrorism.

Who would she have called if he had accused them of complicity? The Department of Justice?

 

  • Kinneddar

    Calling the police for such a flimsy reason will have a big payoff for the organizers and speakers in the future. Just think how they will spin this against those who dared to raise legitimate questions: “Well, last time when they were here we had to call the police” — implying a rowdy bunch of out-of-control and bigoted troublemakers. From there, it’s just a short step to having them banned. And we know how that can be played upon: we don’t have to look far to see how Muslim groups are now using the craven UK government’s outrageous banning of Robert Spencer and Pamela Geller in attempts to have them further banned from speaking in the U.S. and Canada.

    • defcon 4

      We all know the police will take the easy road out and expel the malcontents, that is, until and if they’re ordered to round them up and arrest them instead. How hollow is the oath taken to protect the US Constitution against all enemies foreign and domestic?

  • http://islesofmyst.co.uk/ Raibeart MacIlleathain

    Was that Cameron (PM) I saw kneeling on a prayer rug?

    Tories for Shariah deny it.

  • chrisgreen242002

    “If freedom of speech is taken away, then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter.”

  • T.A.

    I am sympathetic to the audience members, and I realize this article gives only one side of things. However…

    It really sounds like the audience members were acting like jerks. It isn’t normal to walk into an event and demand everyone recite the pledge of allegiance. Acting like this, they are just asking for bad press.

    At the same time, it certainly isn’t against the law to assert that a group is complacent about terrorism, especially if you have evidence to back it up.

    • objectivefactsmatter

      “At the same time, it certainly isn’t against the law to assert that a group is complacent about terrorism, especially if you have evidence to back it up.”

      Please consult the dictionary before saying such silly things.

      Definition of COMPLACENT

      1: marked by self-satisfaction especially when accompanied by unawareness of actual dangers or deficiencies : marked by complacency : self-satisfied

      2: complaisant 1

      3: unconcerned

      • T.A.

        I have no idea what your point is. Yes, that is the meaning I intended. It comes from the quote in the article, which says “Library officials called police after an audience member accused
        the panelists of being complacent in the face of terrorism overseas.”

        • objectivefactsmatter

          T.A. “At the same time, it certainly isn’t against the law to assert that a group is complacent about terrorism, especially if you have evidence to back it up.”

          I misread your statement. I read “isn’t it” rather than “it certainly isn’t.”

          • T.A.

            No problem.

  • RCraigen

    “Library Director Mary Weimar denied their request.”

    Apparently this was the Weimar Republic. The Pledge would have been thus out of place.

  • herb benty

    For Obama’s ” Left”, Americans take a backseat to Islam. If Obama can’t turn the USA into a muslim enclave, he will bankrupt the US. All the leftists take their cue from Jarrett( Iranian)-Obama and their love of Radicals/Rioters/Marxists. Obama hates Righteousness/God/America.

  • Gee

    How typical of leftists – freedom of speech only applies to those that agree with the lefts.

    I hope that those people the library officials called the police for – sue the pants off the library personnel for violating their First Amendment rights.

    • T.A.

      Not necessarily. Free speech doesn’t give people the right to be disruptive. If there is a lecture, members of the audience don’t get to interrupt. If I go to a music recital, I don’t have a free speech right to stand up and start bad-mouthing the musicians.

      Although the newspaper article is probably biased in favor of the speakers at the meeting, it is possible that the audience members crossed the line to violating the free speech rights of the speakers.

      • IslamIsFascism

        Hmmmmmm. Strange how when islamofascists disrupt others’ rights to free speech nothing is done about it.

        • T.A.

          I completely agree with your point. Islamofascists routinely violate the free speech rights of others by disrupting forums where Islam critics are speaking.

          AND, if you are against that, then you have to also be against what these audience members have done, if it is as portrayed by this article.

  • sunara

    Library officials called police after an audience member accused the panelists of being complacent in the face of terrorism overseas.

    Consider replacing the word here Muslim panelists here with Jews and let’s see how the world reacts. I’m sure this author would react differently too. Bigots you are, the whole lot of you.

  • Edward Bellamy

    No one should stand or chant for the Pledge of Allegiance because it was the origin of the Nazi salute and Nazi behavior (see the new book “Pledge of Allegiance + Swastika Secrets” by Ian Tinny explaining the work of the historian Dr. Rex Curry). The pledge continues to promoted Nazi-style behavior. If the truth were known about the Pledge of Allegiance and the socialist dogma that inspired it, then no one (other than oddballs) would join in the robotic group chanting. It is brainwashing. End the pledge.