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People Power Against the Department of Justice

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Panorama

People Power Against the Department of Justice Cliff Kincaid, Accuracy in Media,
June 7, 2013

The Department of Justice (DOJ)
and its allies, the Council on American Islamic Relations and the
Southern Poverty Law Center, are on the defensive after thousands of
people turned out in Tennessee on Tuesday night to protest a scheme to
censor criticism of Islam.

The Council on American Islamic
Relations (CAIR), a key component of a network of Muslim Brotherhood
organizations in the U.S., called the turnout a “mob” and praised the
Obama/Holder Justice Department for standing up to local residents.

CAIR said “a large group of protesters
heckled and interrupted speeches by Bill Killian, U.S. Attorney of the
Eastern District of Tennessee, and by Kenneth Moore, FBI special agent
in charge of the Eastern Tennessee District.”

In fact, the DOJ had provoked the
reaction by announcing beforehand that people using the Internet to
criticize Muslims might be prosecuted for civil rights violations and
that the meeting on “public discourse in a free society” in Tennessee
would examine this alleged problem.

Killian had announced
in advance that he would address “how civil rights can be violated by
those who post inflammatory documents targeted at Muslims on social
media.”

In order to explain how the censorship
campaign would work, Killian and the local FBI agent, Kenneth Moore, had
worked with the American Muslim Advisory Council (AMAC) to schedule the
event at the Manchester-Coffee County Conference Center in Manchester,
Tennessee, on the night of June 4.

The center was completely filled,
however, and hundreds more had to rally outside, where Pamela Geller and
Robert Spencer, who co-founded Stop Islamization of Nations (SION),
spoke to the crowd. Videos show Geller and Spencer rallying the people on behalf of freedom of expression.

“I talked with many of the people who
had driven hours to get to the rally—a farmer and his son, an orthodox
Jewish family, World War II veterans and many more,” said James
Lafferty, chairman of the Virginia Anti-Shariah Task Force (VAST), who
was on the scene. “They all said the same thing—the Justice Department
is trying to curtail free speech by promising increased scrutiny of any
Internet posts which mention Islam.”

He said the angry reactions inside the conference center followed “a heavy dose of jihadist propaganda by the AMAC folks.”

He explained, “A long video
about Islam in Shelbyville, Tennessee, followed the usual B movie story
line—Muslims come to town, ignorant locals react badly. Muslims
demonstrate that they are honorable and just, ignorant locals and
Muslims are now the best of friends and there is a lesson here for
anyone else who doubts Islam’s noble intentions.”

He said the film footage of a few angry
people at the June 4 event “gave the stereotypical ‘angry mob’ scenario
for the hostile media,” but that Killian’s presentation was itself
“very condescending and provocative” because of the implication that
local residents had no right to complain about the spread of radical
Islam in their state.

An Islamic Center in Chattanooga, Tennessee features “Strong Islamic studies,” a term that implies Sharia, or Islamic law.

Lafferty said it was entirely
predictable that when Killian mentioned the name of the Attorney
General, Eric Holder, who is neck-deep in several scandals, people in
the audience booed. “Every mention of Holder had the same effect,” he
noted.

Killian’s speech, Lafferty said, was
that “Muslims are misunderstood and they are no different than you or
me” and any criticism of Islam is “hate-mongering and bigotry.”

“The biggest story of the event was the
crowd,” Lafferty said. While some people were angry and animated in
their reactions to Killian’s lecture on “hate crimes,” he said there was
intimate knowledge of Islamic practices and that when Muslim speakers
at the podium with Killian talked about Islam as a peaceful religion
which valued good citizenship, people interrupted with the word
“takiya,” a reference to the Islamic concept of deception.

However, CAIR and the Southern Poverty
Law Center (SPLC) insisted that local residents, as well as Geller and
Spencer, were at fault for reacting to the DOJ campaign against the
First Amendment. This became the story line of much of the coverage of
the event.

The SPLC works hand-in-glove with the Obama/Holder Justice Department, smearing opponents of radical Islam as “Islamophobes.”

But Lafferty of VAST said the focus was
“that a special meeting was being conducted to talk about the
Department of Justice’s commitment to protect the rights of one
religious group—Islam.”

Lafferty and others question why the
Justice Department has singled out Muslims for special protection and
that such a practice reflects adherence to Sharia, or Islamic law, over
and above American law and the Constitution.

He noted that the DOJ based this
meeting on the fact that a local Tennessee politician had posted a
stupid gag on Facebook about targeting Muslims, and that the incident
was “being used as the pushing off point for Justice to scrutinize every
statement about Islam on the Internet.”

“Both Pamela Geller and the
incomparable Robert Spencer spoke brilliantly about free speech and the
threat posed to it by government suppression,” Lafferty said.

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