If you recall back in February, my legal team AFLC submitted an FOIA request at my request for the expenses paid to the the Garland School District by the sponsors of the Stand with Islam conference in support of sharia restrictions on free speech in the wake of Charlie Hebdo jihad slaughter. It took months, but we finally got it. We had to chase it through two state Attorney General opinions about what they could withhold based upon the threat of litigation. At first the state attorney general said they could withhold them, but then after the event was held and there was no longer a viable threat of litigation from us, the Attorney General ruled that they must release it.
As to the substance, Muslim groups paid next to nothing for security for their sharia conference in the same room, same venue.
The messaging: the School District, even anticipating non-Muslims protesting the Stand with the Prophet affair, knew that non-Muslims would not engage in violence and purposefully and rationally did not require more security. We held a rally in defense of free speech attended by thousands, but no extra security was required. Everybody knows the score.
AFDI protest below:
Our group was charged roughly $10,000 for security when we booked the school district’s arena as the site of the May 3 “Muhammed Art Exhibit and Contest” — the same site at the Muslim event.
Garland ISD claimed they charge security costs in all contracts that involve the Curtis Culwell Center arena. It was the first time AFDI had to pay police in addition to private security expenses. We had a Ground Zero mosque protest that drew over 35,000 people. Police presence was intense and we didn’t pay a dime.
However, when the shoe is on the other foot as it were, or shall we say the protestors are on the Muslim side of the street, the School District wisely and rationally required a greater police presence and cost.
It all worked out well, and the story here is that this disproves any real threat of “Islamophobic violence,” versus the threat from Islamic violence.
And our invoice:
Back on February 17th, I asked this question: Did the Islamic supremacists who organized the “Stand With the Prophet” conference against free speech, held in the same venue as our event in Garland, Texas, have to pay $10,000 for the extra security provided?
The short answer, finally, is no.
We will be reviewing our legal options — but of course in retrospect these charges are absolutely justifiable. At some point the government can’t make private citizens pay for an army, since that is the government’s responsibility.
Further, the government cannot continue to deny the very real danger of jihad and sharia while simultaneously charging private citizens $10,000 for police protection for that very real threat.
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