The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Acting Director, Ronald D. Vitiello, received a letter (08-14-18) from six members of the U.S. House of Representatives – Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-NJ); Donald Norcross (D-NJ); Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ); Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ); Donald Payne, Jr. (D-NJ); and Albio Sires (D-NJ) – concerning “immediate dismissal from ICE” of “Emilio Karim Dabul as spokesperson” in New Jersey, due to alleged “bigoted beliefs.”
Criticism of Islam is construed as a thought crime
ICE’s public affairs office “regularly issues news releases and fact sheets on agency activities and enforcement actions.” A spokesperson is a liaison interacting with government, media, and the public.
This “call” for dismissal is based on what objective evidence of deviation from the job description of spokesperson? (Sound of crickets). Nothing listed in the letter. Instead, their rationale is a subjective interpretation alleging “bigoted beliefs.” In-other-words, their opinion of an alleged thought crime.
Guilt by association of groups opposing liberal politics
Allegation: “Act for America ‘advance[d] anti-Muslim legislation at the state and federal level, while flooding the American public with hate speech demonizing Muslims,’” according to the legislators’ letter, citing the Southern Poverty Law Center.
Rebuttal: Act for America’s mission: “is focused on educating, engaging, and mobilizing citizens and elected officials to impact legislative outcomes to keep America safe and secure. Through training and education ACT for America is empowering citizens to help prevent criminal activity and terrorism while preserving civil liberties protected by the US constitution.” Its founder, Brigitte Gabriel, “is one of the leading terrorism experts in the world providing information and analysis on the rise of global Islamic terrorism.”
Allegation: “FrontPage Magazine ‘has become a platform for publishing a plethora of right wing and anti-Muslim writers and commentators,’” according to the legislators’ letter, citing the Southern Poverty Law Center. They criticize Dabul’s authorship of this article.
Rebuttal: The David Horowitz Freedom Center “is unique among conservative think tanks whose emphasis is on public policy and institutional reform … [T]he Center has been warning that the political left has declared war on America and its constitutional system.” Its “school for political warfare” includes FrontPage Magazine and its impressive list of authors; JihadWatch; and about 11 other groups. The DHFC was a co-sponsor of American Freedom Defense Initiative’s “Muhammad Art Exhibit and Contest.”
Is the SPLC a credible source?
As reported on the Geller Report: The liberal Southern Poverty Law Center attempts to define hate for its HateWatch, Hate Map, and How Tech Supports Hate. Also, in its Extremist Files, the SPLC profiles persons and groups in an attempt to delegitimize opposing views, particularly of conservatives who adhere to the traditional Judeo-Christian heritage, and critics of Islam.
As reported by PJMedia: “In the words of SPLC former spokesman Mark Potok (who spent 20 years as a senior fellow at the SPLC and only retired this year , according to LinkedIn), the group does not exist to monitor hate groups. ‘Sometimes the press will describe us as monitoring hate groups, I want to say plainly that our aim in life is to destroy these groups, completely destroy them,’ Potok declared at an event in Michigan in 2007.”
The Southern Poverty Law Center, and media which rely on the SPLC, are exposed to liability, according to a joint statement by conservative persons and organizations, as reported by PJMedia here and here.
The “SPLC finally admits that Orlando Jihadi Omar Mateen wasn’t a right-wing terrorist,” as reported by the Geller Report.
Democratic legislators rely on CAIR-HAMAS
The legislators’ action was praised by, and likely lobbied from, the New Jersey chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations. Observe how its press release mirrors verbiage from the legislators’ letter: “It is unacceptable for someone with ties to known Islamophobes and anti-Muslim hate groups to speak on behalf of a government agency such as ICE … We call for Emilio Karim Dabul’s immediate dismissal and will consider his continued employment as ICE’s acceptance of Islamophobia.”
“The process of settlement is a ‘Civilization-Jihadist Process’ with all the word means. The Ikhwan [Muslim Brotherhood] must understand that their work in America is a kind of grand jihad in eliminating and destroying the Western civilization from within and ‘sabotaging’ its miserable house by their hands and the hands of the believers…” [p. 7]
“A list of our organizations and the organizations of our friends.” [p. 18] “This is where the Muslim Brotherhood listed its front groups in the U.S. Note that prominent organizations like CAIR, ISNA, ICNA and others are named here,” reports the Clarion Project.
“Islam isn’t in America to be equal to any other faith, but to become dominant. The Quran should be the highest authority in America.” – CAIR founding chairman Omar Ahmad, quoted in the Muslim Mafia, by P. David Gaubatz [Ch. 17, p. 265; See Ahmad’s denial: fn 1, p. 400].
The above-described content in the legislators’ letter, and lobbying apparently by CAIR-HAMAS’ New Jersey chapter, may be construed as a basis of civil causes of action, such as defamation and tortious interference of employment. The defense of immunity will be claimed by these government officials. However, a jury should decide whether a private group’s lobbying was the proximate cause of a person’s termination of employment; and loss of income and benefits, particularly for an expected career through conclusion of retirement.
Consider a change of facts in the above scenario: A Muslim is employed at a government agency, and there is a call for dismissal based solely on alleged “bigoted beliefs.” Expect cries of Islamophobia; discrimination of religion; and an attack against freedom of political conscience.
Screw the Democratic legislators’ threats, I’m putting “Author at the Geller Report” on my resume.
Gerald Lostutter is a Florida licensed attorney, college professor, and journalist. This article does not create an attorney-client relationship. You should consult a licensed attorney for advice.
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