‘Freedom X’ Takes on CAIR

Arnold Ahlert is a former NY Post op-ed columnist currently contributing to JewishWorldReview.com, HumanEvents.com and CanadaFreePress.com. He may be reached at atahlert@comcast.net.


fgA lawsuit has been filed in Tennessee by Freedom X, a nonprofit law firm that specializes in First Amendment issues. John Peach vs. Knox County Schools alleges that Knox County School officials and Superintendent Jim McIntyre canceled an April after-hours presentation at Farragut High School that was to center around Sharia Law and its increasing acceptance in the United States due to complaints from the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR). “Public officials, and that includes public school officials, violate the free speech clause of the First Amendment whenever they censor speech merely because it offends someone,” said William J. Becker, Jr., Freedom X’s president and general counsel. “Unfortunately, we are seeing this trend grow as Muslim activists play the victim card.”

The lawsuit was filed on behalf of John Peach, director of the Knoxville chapter of ACT! for America, a group founded by Lebanese immigrant Brigitte Gabriel. Act! for America describes itself as a “non-partisan, non-sectarian organization whose mission is to give Americans concerned about national security and terrorism a powerful, organized, informed and mobilized voice.”

Apparently giving Americans that voice doesn’t sit well with CAIR. Prior to the event, CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper sent a letter to Farragut High School Principal Michael Reynolds insisting that the scheduled speakers— Dr. Bill French, aka Bill Warner, an expert on Islam and the Koran, and Matt Bonner, Knoxville chapter director of the Crescent Project, a Christian group that engages in Muslim evangelization—were “bigots.” Hooper further claimed that the event itself

will be viewed as having the endorsement of school officials and has the potential to promote bullying and to create a hostile learning environment for Muslim students. It may also serve to create a negative impression of Islam and Muslims in the minds of students of all faiths.

Hooper then claimed he supported the First Amendment right to free speech,

even the kind of hate speech used by these speakers—but believe, because of the need for a safe and inclusive learning environment, that a school is not the proper setting for such an event. I therefore respectfully request that you review district policies to determine whether you (sic) high school is an appropriate venue for a potentially hate-filled program.

After receiving Hooper’s letter, a school official told CAIR that “Farragut High School does not support this event, nor do we share the presenters’ views.” Soon after, the invitation was rescinded.

Knox County Superintendent Jim McIntyre explained the decision. “The primary purpose of our school facilities is to provide a safe, healthy and comfortable learning environment for our students,“ he said in a statement. “When other uses of the facility begin to impinge on or interfere with the administration’s ability to provide a suitable education atmosphere, it is necessary for us to reconsider that use.”

That CAIR has any political traction whatsoever is a testament to what Freedom X describes as “creeping Sharia.” In a June 2009 ruling arising from the 2008 trial of the Holy Land Foundation for Relief and Development (HLF), during which five HLF official were convicted of 108 counts of abetting terrorist organizations, Judge Jorge Solis revealed that CAIR had ties to Hamas. “The government has produced ample evidence to establish the associations of CAIR, ISNA, NAIT, with NAIT, the Islamic Association for Palestine, and with Hamas,” it stated. Solis agreed with CAIR that his ruling should have remained sealed based on Fifth Amendment protections, but he refused to remove references to CAIR from the trial record. “CAIR’s status as a co-conspirator is a matter of public record,” he explained.

In an unfortunate twist in the story, the Internet media group PRWeb, an organization that boasts of having a network of 30,000 journalists and the ability to get stories featured on “major local and national news sites,” has attempted to suppress this information about CAIR. When Becker sought to get the story of Freedom X’s lawsuit disseminated to a wider audience, and included the published references of CAIR’s ties to Hamas in his press release, PRWeb refused to run it.

Emails from August 4  and 5 provided to Frontpage by Becker reveal that PRWeb informed Freedom X that their press release had been “put on hold” because the website’s editors had determined that it “appears to be intended to exact personal revenge or harm a person or group” and that CAIR’s association with Hamas “did not contain attribution.” On August 5, another email from PRWeb indicated that Becker had in fact provided attribution, however, PRWeb nonetheless informed Becker that the press release had to be revised to remove “potentially harmful material:”

Please strike the following from your press release:

“CAIR, which is affiliated with Hamas, a foreign terrorist organization (see Order of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas in United States v. Holy Land Foundation (04-CR-0240) found here and published on 07/01/09. Since 10/8/1997 Hamas has been classified by the U.S. State Department as a Foreign Terrorist Organization), has a practice of complaining about events critical to Islam in order to silence speakers, something the complaint alleges the organization didi (sic) in this case,” Becker said.

Speaking with Frontpage, Becker noted the irony of an organization dedicated to disseminating information demanding the same “sanitization” that CAIR demands. “Playing directly into the hands of the censors” prevents the public from being properly informed, Becker noted.

To add insult to injury, PRWeb elected to publish a press release from CAIR that denounced the ACT! For America Knoxville chapter and vilified scheduled speaker Bill French. This leaves little question that PRWeb’s censorship was not done to avoid “potential harm” but out of an animus toward Freedom X and its client.

As the case filing explains, Becker seeks to “protect and vindicate fundamental Constitutional rights,” because the defendants have “adopted and enforced an unconstitutional policy that restricts protected speech in a public forum.” It also seeks a “permanent injunction enjoining the enforcement of Defendants’ Speech Restriction.” Becker also wants “nominal damages,” attorney fees and expenses.

The lawsuit was timed to coincide with the beginning of the new school year. “We have a lesson to teach the teachers,” Becker explained.

“The First Amendment protects speech some might not want to hear but school officials are sworn to uphold the Constitution and to allow it. They were tricked into censoring American citizens wanting to exercise the freedom of speech that distinguishes America from Muslim nations.”

Becker deserves credit for giving the defendants the benefit of the doubt. Perhaps a better term than “tricked” might be “capitulated,” much in the same manner as that of Brandeis University president Frederick Lawrence who shamefully rescinded an honorary degree that was offered to Somali-born women’s rights activist Ayaan Hirsi Ali. CAIR was part of the mob who pursued that recision, with CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad referring to Ali as an “anti-Muslim bigot” with “hate-filled and extremist views.”

Becker sees the bigger picture. “Muslims in America led by CAIR, which is affiliated with Hamas, a foreign terrorist organization, are exploiting our laws to erode everyone else’s freedom of speech,” he warned. “It’s part and parcel of a greater plan to eventually make us into an Islamic caliphate.”

Courageous truth tellers like Freedom X and John Peach are determined to prevent that from happening — opposition from public school educators and the mainstream media notwithstanding.

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  • swemson

    CAIR referring to ANYONE (much less Ayaan Hirsi Ali) as having “hate-filled and extremist views” takes a lot of chutzpah.

    Nobody holds a candle to muslims and their propaganda arms like CAIR when it comes to “hate-filled and extremist views”.

    There’s no room for Muslims or Sharia in America. Being a “sharia compliant (good) muslim” is inconsistent with the requirements for being a good American. We should immediately stop encouraging ANY muslims from entering this country, and start deporting all of the ones that are already here illegally.

    We should start by issuing deportation orders for one particular illegal muslim immigrant currently living at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave….

    fs

    • Drakken

      Why deport them where they can continue to do us harm, just get a rope and be done with it. The fact that these muslim jihadist are allowed to operate in the west is absolutely mind boggling, they use our tolerance against us, this must be brought to an end for if we don’t, we will rue the day we allowed this abomination inside our shores.

  • Bamaguje

    As the recent pro-Hamas demonstrations have shown, it is not such a big deal for CAIR to be linked with the Palestinian terror group. Hence the reluctance of the lamestream media PRweb to taint CAIR with Hamas. Sucking up to Muslims is all part of the pro-Palestinian, anti-Israel campaign.

  • http://libertyandculture.blogspot.com/ Jason P

    The fear of bigotry is leading to a knee-jerk supresion of any critical examination of Islam. If we are to understand the ideology that drives our enemies, we must be able to discuss and critically assess their thought. CAIR is dedicated to a totalitarian ideology and it is achieving its goals of suppressing freedom of speech and thought.

  • ObamaYoMoma

    The first and foremost requirement of mainstream orthodox Islam, which, by the way, is the only kind, is the total, complete, and unconditional submission to the “will of Allah” under the penalties of death for apostasy and death for blasphemy of all Muslims. In other words, more than just a so-called religion, Islam is also exceedingly totalitarian as well.

    Meanwhile, the “will of Allah” that all Muslims must totally, completely, and unconditionally submit to under the penalties of death for apostasy and death for blasphemy in essence is Sharia, i.e., Islamic totalitarian law.

    Thus, the only way to stop Sharia from taking hold in America is to ban and reverse mass Muslim immigration with all of its excess baggage ASAP. Especially because it is really non-violent stealth and deceptive jihad for the strategic purposes of mass Muslim infiltration of our societies with Sharia and more and for eventual demographic conquest. As Muslims never ever assimilate and integrate in infidel societies because to do so would require them to morph into infidels, and morphing into infidels for Muslims would be exceedingly blasphemous, which in Islam is a capital offense.

    Hence, the only reason for mass Muslim immigration with all of its excess baggage can be only for mass Muslim infiltration of our infidel societies and for eventual demographic conquest. In other words, mass Muslim immigration with all of its excess baggage is a form of non-violent stealth and deceptive jihad.

  • US Army (retired)

    Has anyone noticed that in every country where muslims are in the minority, they are OBSESSED with “minority rights”? In every country with a muslim majority, there are NO minority rights!

    • Gee

      In most Muslim countries there are few to no minorities either. Can anybody say apartheid and ethnic cleansing?

    • PATRIOT.WW48

      Extremely well PUT.!! A-frifin’-MEN

    • SCREW SOCIALISM

      US Army (retired) AKBAR!

    • Realist

      Well of course, Its just one of the many similarities between the libcultists and the Moose-limbs. That they both use the exact same tactics should be a tipoff to anyone paying attention that they share some very fundamental beliefs and attitudes. They both appeal to the fair mindedness and live-and-let-live attitudes found in most western countries, but these attitudes and beliefs are the very wellspring of the American culture. As soon as either group feels they have sufficient POWER in any society, they quickly revert to their true fanatical beliefs, working 24/7 to gut the laws, the freedoms and cultural standards that allowed THEM to rise to power.

      Just look at the draconian libcult proscriptions that are enacted anywhere the libcultists are now in control. The university campus would probably be the best place to see this in action in America. Anyone old enough to remember the “free speech” movement at places like Berkley and a few other large state run universities in the sixties have had a ring-side seat to watch this libcult theater of the absurd unfold.

      It is easy to see the hard-core fanaticism that is endemic to both libcultism and moose-limbs if one only has the courage to look. The libcultists are very quick to quash any “reactionary” opposition to their enlightened tyranny, but the moose-limbs put them to shame with red-faced screaming, crying, wailing and endless threats to “Pay the jizzya, convert, or die!”

      • MarilynA

        America has been subjugated and conditioned by the hard core extremists from the 60′s Peace and Civil Rights movements, most of whom have advanced degrees in Psychology, using the same methods used by abusive spouses to subjugate their victims, into accepting any kind of abuse, accusations, blame, and now cower like frightened women, fearing being labeled a racist, bigot, or other derogatory name. Whites especially have been subjected to this type abuse so that they now feel responsible for all the ills of the world and think if they just did more, gave more, understood the other side better, etc. that things would get better. what they don’t understand is that these malcontents will never be satisfied until they have it all and all whites are dead. . If this were being done to any other race, it would be labeled what it is. Abuse, and since white guilt is taught in our public schools it would be called child abuse.

    • Dan Knight

      Hole in one Army …

    • truebearing

      That says it all. Islam needs to be banned in America as a premeditated conspiracy to destroy our constitution and the rights it guarantees…but first we need to destroy the Left.

      • MLCBLOG

        I don’t care which comes first! Maybe they could happen simultaneously.

  • pennant8

    One thing that impresses me about CAIR is that they are remarkably clever wordsmiths. I always enjoy reading their letters and press releases. Ibrahim Hooper’s letter is a good example. Notice how he latched onto the education bureaucracy’s word of the year – bullying. Then there were these other standard issue phrases that are almost obligatory when discussing education and schools:
    Hostile learning environment
    Hate speech
    Safe and inclusive learning environment

    Speaking of safe and inclusive learning environments, I’m sure the young girls of Afghanistan would like a little of this.

    My favorite is where he says the program will create a negative impression of Islam and Muslims. I’m actually a little surprised that he would say this in light of current events. He should know that he is leaving himself open to some very graphic rebuttal. No words necessary, just photos of the mind-numbing atrocities being committed by his IS [Islamic State] brethren. Then we could go back into the archives and pull out the 9/11 photo collection.

    • SCREW SOCIALISM

      Islamofascist “bullying” is beheading.

      • pennant8

        Exactly. Actually Islam has bullying written into its scripture. The infidel has three choices, convert to Islam, pay the extortion/protection money for the privilege of remaining alive, or be dead. Muslims were way ahead of the mafia with their protection rackets and making offers you can’t refuse.

  • PATRIOT.WW48

    Every Sq. In. of sand of the off-spring of Ishmael needs to be turned into glass.

  • Brenda

    Sharia is a disease and CAIR is the carrier; they both need to be cut out. Our Law of the Land is the Constitution and needs to be protected from any and all foreign attempts to alter it. This is not a human rights issue regardless of any attempt to make it one. Any court that leans to Sharia law should be censored and removed from the bench.

    • SCREW SOCIALISM

      If Islam mandated killing apostates,

      would CAIR cite the First Amendment of “Religious Liberty” to protect beheading?

      The word “sanction” seems to have TWO definitions, that seem to be counter to each other.

      • Kebert Xela
        • IslamDownpressesHumanity

          LOL, no kidding.

      • Brenda

        CAIR and other Islamic groups have learned to use own Constitution against us, as well as LaRaza and other anti-American groups. Even our own president has twisted the Constitution to advance his agenda and any action from the Supreme Court against his actions has fallen on deaf ears. You will note that the appointments, ruled illegal, to the Labor Board are still on the board.
        Actually there are five noun definitions and two verb tenses of the word.

  • the skeptic

    Sign me up as an anti-Islamic bigot. I want Islam and its believers expelled from the Americas in accordance with the Monroe Doctrine. Oh, we’d have to invade Canada? Well, okay then. I want them out, from Canada to Argentina and all the island states and we possess our military strength for the exact purpose of making ourselves safe. Not doing it would be nothing other than a colossal mistake.

    • GerriAttricks

      Sign me up!

  • Habbgun

    Islam is unique in that its entire philosophy is geared toward exploiting weak governments. Good luck getting a public school to put itself on the line. The admins have a lot to lose and nothing to gain. At least the Islamists have money to throw under the table.

    It is becoming increasingly obvious that unless there are strong anti-jihad private sector we will lose. Islam fears the free man. Corrupt politicians fear the free man. The next steps should be obvious.

  • nimbii

    If we collapse as a nation, it will be one day at a time from such mindless concessions such as CAIR as just another freedom based organization promoting neutral interests of Islamists.

  • glpage

    I’m waiting to hear CAIR protest the ethnic cleansing of ISIS in Iraq. Not going to hold my breath though, I figure CAIR will do something like that when they decide to admit Mohammed was a pedophile.

  • roccolore

    Ku Klux Kair threatened to bomb the school if they didn’t get their way.

  • EamonnDublin

    The time has come for ALL lovers of Western civilization to get on board. The good ship “Defeat Jihad” is setting sail, albeit somewhat late in the day. Our so-called “leaders” have laid down and slept (or played golf) whilst evil Islamist terrorists have cavorted and insulted us all, telling us they will conquer us all and even fly the black flag of Islam over the White House. Let us all board the “Defeat Jihad” and sail it into every port, telling all Western leaders that “enough is enough and too much is a BIG emergency”. Never let a day go by without contacting at least one politician and saying we have to stop them. If they continue to take no notice, the day will have to come when the people will take charge. If that happens, even though we would be victorious, it would be very expensive in human lives. SHIP AHOY!!! Éamonn, Dublin, Ireland.

    • IslamDownpressesHumanity

      I don’t think all politicians are ignorant of the threat of islam, I think many of them are on the take.

  • watsa46

    Sadly enough the Pr. has offered himself as the shield chief to protect Islam.

  • RiverRat

    One has to wonder how many in Congress who can’t read stuff they sign have been bought off to promote Sharia Law. One has to suppose access to OIL is the root cause of the sell out.

    • Atikva

      Actually our crude imports from the Persian Gulf States represent only 13% of our needs and for the first time in 2013, thanks to fracking, we produced more than we imported (no doubt to the chagrin of the “green” clique).

      The Congress may have a soft spot for muslim countries, but it is due mainly to the pounding islamo-leftist propaganda we have all been subjected to for several decades rather than to any economic blackmail.

      • IslamDownpressesHumanity

        What about bribery? What about massive campaign contributions?

        • Atikva

          “Democracy, IF you can keep it.”

          Neither the Greeks, nor the Romans, nor the West could, for corruption always poisons it. Only in this case, the islamo-socialists base has been so blinded that it doesn’t even realize that it is plain, unadulterated corruption.

  • MarilynA

    It doesn’t surprise me that TN is in the news as capitulating the radical Islamists. I understand It’s governor is a second generation immigrant from the Middle east and has staffed TN agencies generously with Muslims. TN has hundreds of thousands of Islamic “refugees” imported from Somalia during the Clinton Administration and a Tyson Food processing plant in Western TN is almost entirely staffed by Muslims who demanded extra time for their evening meal breaks so they could pig out during Ramadan after fasting all day. TN is not alone in catering to Islamic demands. Check out your own state and see how many new Muslims have moved in during the Clinton and Obama administrations. Start by asking the editor of your local paper. then demand that the governor make a report. If America doesn’t wake up we are all going to be bunked over, in the position, facing Mecca 5 times a day.

  • Lisa Delaurenti

    While the Islamic State (ISIS) spent the week beheading, raping and burying
    women and children alive in the name of allah, CAIR went to bat for
    a New Jersey moslem terrorist who wants to fly an ISIS flag outside his home