"The Constitution does not permit government to decide which types of otherwise protected speech are sufficiently offensive to require protection for the unwilling listener or viewer." AFDI/SIOA motion previously filed and won
Well over a year ago, we filed a lawsuit in Michigan against the transit authority, SMART, for the egregious violation of free speech in their banning of our bus ads for Muslims in need of help and resources. Despite the crying need for resources for Muslims under threat for leaving Islam, the city of Detroit refused to run our freedom campaign on the Dearborn and Detroit buses. Instead they caved to Islamic supremacism and violated their own ad guidelines of freedom of speech. Muslims of conscience strongly supported the outreach to Muslims. Sharia advocates, Muslim Brotherhood groups and Islamic supremacists did not.
Back on April 2, I happily announced that we had won in our year-long struggle against the violation of our first amendment rights in Detroit, Michigan. It took a year, but we won our free speech lawsuit in Detroit for their refusal to post our Freedom ads on Dearborn buses. And the week our ad was scheduled to run, SMART Transit still refused to post it, and another young Muslim girl was honor killed in the very town our ads were scheduled to run. We could have helped her. We could have gotten her to a safehouse. But our political and media elites are crippled by the fear of offending Muslims more than they are concerned with equal protection under the law; in gross negligence, they refused to comply with the Judge's ruling. They are more concerned with offending Muslims than protecting freedom of speech. They are more concerned with adhering to sharia law than upholding American law.
Perhaps 20-year-old Jessica Mokdad would be alive today in a safe house. Free. Breathing.
Our "Leaving Islam?" bus campaign was designed for girls like Rifqa Bary and Jessica Mokdad and Noor Almaleki and Amina and Sarah Said and any one of these individuals…
We have an obligation to protect and defend our cherished freedoms. And this is a real and terrible threat for Muslims yearning to be free. Let our freedom buses roll!
On July 13, 2011, our freedom fighting legal team submitted a request for ruling on our freedom buses in Dearborn. Robert Muise of Thomas More Law Center and David Yerushalmi filed this — Download Motion to Request Ruling–FDI v SMART-ECF Filed
On July 13, 2010—more than a year ago—this court held a hearing on Plaintiffs’ motion for preliminary injunction. On March 31, 2011, this court entered its order granting Plaintiffs’ motion based upon the fact that Defendants’ refusal to run Plaintiffs’ advertising on their buses was a violation of Plaintiffs’ right to freedom of speech. (Doc. No. 24).
The judge has remained silent, never upholding her own ruling.
So today, yet again, we are back in court. Below is the appellees’ brief (our response to SMART’s brief) and a motion to expedite the appeal that Robert Muise of the Thomas More Law Center and David Yerushalmi (the nation's foremost defenders of our constitutional freedoms) filed today on my behalf in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. SMART now has 17 days to file a reply. Hopefully, the court will grant the motion and we can get the injunction enforced sooner, rather than later. As I believe you will see when you read our brief and motion, our position is incredibly strong.
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