Creeping Sharia

Tennessee

Freedom X lawsuit forces Tennessee school district to allow politically incorrect after-school speech critical of Sharia

KNOXVILLE – After canceling a town hall meeting at the request of Muslim activists, a Tennessee school district and two school officials have settled a lawsuit over the public’s right to voice concerns about the growing acceptance of Islamic law, known as Sharia law, spreading through American communities. The settlement was finalized Wednesday evening when the district approved a policy barring school officials from selectively determining which subjects can be discussed by members of the public using school facilities.

In February, the Knoxville chapter of ACT! for America, an organization opposed to Sharia, planned an after-hours town hall meeting at a local area high school. Dr. Bill French, an expert on Islam, and Matt Bonner of Crescent Project, a Christian ministry reaching out to Muslims with the Gospel, were scheduled to speak at the event.

John Peach, president of the Knoxville chapter of ACT! for America, and French sued the school district in U.S. District Court on August 4, 2014, for violating their First Amendment right of free speech and their Fourteenth Amendment rights of equal protection and due process. The county agreed to settle the lawsuit [Peach vs. Knox County Schools] just 21 days after it was filed. In addition to revising its facility use policy, the county will pay attorneys fees and costs.

The new facility use policy states in part that “[a]pproval for use of school buildings and property will not be withheld based upon the content of the message or viewpoint of the applicant.”

“This is a victory for free speech,” said Bill Becker, president of Freedom X, a non-profit legal organization fighting discrimination against conservatives and Christians. “Sharia is incompatible with our constitutional and legal protections. That was the message Knox County school officials tried to censor. It is unfortunate we have to educate the educators about our freedoms, but we are thankful that Knox county attorneys recognized litigation would have been futile for the district.”

Knox County Schools superintendent James P. McIntyre, Jr., agreed to cancellation of ACT’s event after receiving letters from Ibrahim Hooper, communications director for the Council for American-Islamic Relations (“CAIR”) and AbdulRaman Murphy, a Muslim youth chaplain at the University of Tennessee. The activists falsely labeled ACT! a “hate group” and falsely characterized French as a bigot. They speculated the town hall meeting would encourage violence at the school and would disrupt the school environment.

After receiving the letters, Farragut High School’s principal at the time, Michael F. Reynolds, contacted McIntyre fearing that allowing the town hall meeting to take place would convert the school into “a public forum for harassment and bullying practices that contradict the open-minded, academic discussion we seek to teach and foster.”

In 1969, the U.S. Supreme Court held in Tinker v. Des Moines Sch. Dist. that “in our system, undifferentiated fear or apprehension of disturbance is not enough to overcome the right to freedom of expression. Any departure from absolute regimentation may cause trouble. Any variation from the majority’s opinion may inspire fear. Any word spoken, in class, in the lunchroom, or on the campus, that deviates from the views of another person may start an argument or cause a disturbance. But our Constitution says we must take this risk and our history says that it is this sort of hazardous freedom — this kind of openness — that is the basis of our national strength and of the independence and vigor of Americans who grow up and live in this relatively permissive, often disputatious, society.”

Freedom X is a non-profit legal organization protecting conservative and religious freedom of expression.

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Freedom X Sues Tennessee School District For Discriminating Against Group Warning Of Islamic Law Threat

Muslim pressure on U.S. school district results in censorship of after-hours presentation

 

KNOXVILLE, TN – Freedom X, a non-profit legal organization, filed a federal lawsuit on August 4 in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee against the Knox County Schools and two school officials after the school district canceled an after-hours presentation at a Knoxville public high school in reaction to demands by Muslim activists.

The lawsuit (ACT! for America Knoxville vs. Knox County Schools) alleges that school officials cancelled an evening town hall meeting sponsored by a local chapter of ACT! for America (“ACT! Knoxville”) set last April at Farragut High School in Knoxville, TN. ACT! Knoxville planned the event to discuss the increasing acceptance of Islamic law (known as sharia) within the United States and its harmful impact on American freedom. Labeling ACT! Knoxville and its scheduled speakers “bigots,” the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) and a local Muslim cleric wrote the school protesting ACT! Knoxville’s use of public school facilities, arguing the event was likely to incite violence and “disrupt the school environment.”

William J. Becker, Jr., Freedom X president and general counsel, stated that Muslim activists resort to fear-mongering as a way of silencing critics of Islamic law. “Muslims in America led by CAIR and other terror-affiliated groups[1] are exploiting our laws to erode everyone else’s freedom of speech,” Becker said. “It’s part and parcel of a greater plan to eventually make us into an Islamic caliphate.”

Becker said that blasphemy laws are unconstitutional. “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. Unfortunately, we are seeing this trend grow as Muslim activists play the victim card.”

ACT! Knoxville was forced to move its meeting to a church following the school district’s cancellation. John Peach, its director, said he didn’t seek out another public venue out of concern the group’s request would be rejected. “We are concerned Americans,” Peach said. “Sharia is not well-understood and we wanted to inform the public about it. I don’t think that as an American I should have to be afraid to speak out on public matters in a public forum affecting our culture.”

The ACT! Knoxville event featured an expert on Islam and the Koran and a representative of the Crescent Project, a Christian group that teaches the gospel to Muslims.

The lawsuit was filed to coincide with the start of the new school year. “We have a lesson to teach the teachers,” Becker stated. “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.”

Freedom X is a non-profit legal organization protecting conservative and religious freedom of expression.

 

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Arabic Christian Perspective

Christian Evangelism

Arabic Christian Perspective vs. City of Dearborn

George Saieg was born and raised in Sudan, a country where persecution of Christians by Muslims has divided the nation. The founder and director of Arabic Christian Perspective (ACP) and Ministry to Muslims, Saieg’s lifelong experiences with Islam inspired him to reach Muslims with the truth of the Gospel. In 2006, George was ordained as a pastor by Calvary Chapel.

Christian-Evangelism

Each year, Saieg and fellow missionaries visit Dearborn, Michigan, during the celebration of the annual Arab International Festival held there. Their goal is to exercise their First Amendment right to hand out religious tracts in a public area near the festival. Saieg and others have been targeted by Muslims angered at their presence as well as by police officials who seem to believe that Christians do not have the same right of free speech in Dearborn as Muslims.

Islamic law provides for severe penalties, including death, for converting to Christianity. Such attention is naturally undesirable to anyone wishing to hear Saieg’s message. That is why Saieg and the other missionaries sought not to participate within the festival itself, but to evangelize on public streets near the festival. Police had a different idea. They forced Saieg to stand in a “free speech zone” intended to make it impossible for him to reach out to anyone who might be willing to accept a flyer and discuss the Christian gospel.

Freedom X recruited the Thomas More Law Center (“TMLC”) based in nearby Ann Arbor to remind the City of Dearborn that Christian speech is just as protected under the First Amendment as any other speech. In 200*, Freedom X and the TMLC filed a lawsuit in the United States District Court in Detroit on Saieg’s behalf seeking the restoration of his right to hand out Christian literature and engage in his evangelical mission within the public streets of Dearborn.

As is the case quite often, the trial judge rejected Saieg’s argument that government engaged in the unconstitutional censorship of his legitimate right to pass out tracts on public streets located outside the perimeter of city permitted events. But the trial judge’s decision did not survive appeal and was reversed, allowing Saieg and other Christian missionaries to exercise their First Amendment rights in Dearborn and elsewhere.

If you have information concerning a threat to religious freedom or free speech in your community, contact Freedom X.

More information about this lawsuit:
http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,534301,00.html
http://www.jihadwatch.org/2009/06/michigan-judge-says-arab-christian-group-cant-roam-freely-and-give-out-literature-at-arab-festival.html
http://atlasshrugs2000.typepad.com/atlas_shrugs/2009/06/muslim-festival-dearborn-lawsuit-to-fight-islamic-supremacism.html
http://www.onenewsnow.com/legal-courts/2009/06/19/christians-barred-from-sidewalk-handouts-at-arab-festival

Joe Kaufman

Islamic Society of Arlington Texas vs. Joe Kaufman

Joe Kaufman is a fearless champion of freedom who runs a nonprofit and a web site chronicling the presence of terrorist organizations operating in the United States. In 2006, Kaufman learned that various terrorist groups would be sponsoring “Muslim Family Fun Day” at Six Flags Over Texas, a popular amusement park located in the Dallas-Ft. Worth metropolitan area. He organized a peaceful protest outside the park’s gates and announced it on the Internet. When he arrived at the park, he was immediately served with a summons and complaint alleging that he had defamed various mosques and Islamic organizations.

Joe-KaufmanFreedom X organized a team of lawyers to defend Kaufman against the unusual claims of group defamation. When the trial judge denied Kaufman’s motion for summary judgment, Freedom X succeeded in having the ruling overturned and judgment rendered in Kaufman’s favor by the Texas Court of Appeals.

Unknown to the judges who ruled in Kaufman’s case, yet known to Kaufman, was the existence of a deliberate policy announced by a consortium of fifty-seven governments of Muslim-majority states known as the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) to wage battle with anyone who criticizes Islam. The OIC refers to such criticism as legal defamation. This policy has been adopted by United Nations Human Rights Council resolutions and by the General Assembly.

As the OIC’s 2009 Second Observatory Report on Islamophobia suggests, it is an open work-in-progress: “The perceived threat to freedom of expression on the part of the U.S., the E.U. and other concerned countries constitutes an obstacle that can only be removed through sustained and constructive engagement.”

Kaufman dared to stand up for the First Amendment to express oneself freely without fear of censorship by anti-democratic alliances trying to import their terror to our shores. Freedom X was proud to stand shoulder to shoulder with Kaufman in order to protect his speech rights.

If you have information concerning a threat to free speech in your community, contact Freedom X.

More information about this lawsuit:

http://www.thomasmore.org/news/islamic-groups-lose-lawfare-attempt-texas-supreme-court