This will not stand; the judgement is an outrage and must be overturned.
In the video, one of the Christians notes that the police are Â emboldening the enraged Muslim mob Â by doing nothing to stop the violence and instead threatening the victims.
A severe blow for the freedom of speech, and victory for the advance of Sharia blasphemy laws here. “Michigan Federal Judge Allows Muslim Violence to Suppress Christian Speech; Immediate Appeal Filed,” from theÂ American Freedom Law Center, May 14: (JW)
A Michigan federal judge today dismissed a civil rights lawsuit brought by several Christian evangelists who were violently assaulted by a hostile Muslim mob while preaching at an Arab festival last year in Dearborn, Michigan, which has the largest Muslim population in the United States. Video of the Muslim assault went viral on YouTube.The American Freedom Law Center (AFLC) filed the lawsuit against Wayne County, the Wayne County Sheriff, and two Wayne County Deputy Chiefs for refusing to protect the Christians from the attack and threatening to arrest the Christians for disorderly conduct if they did not halt their speech activity and immediately leave the festival area.
Judge Patrick J. Duggan, sitting in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, granted Wayne County’s motion for summary judgment, dismissing the lawsuit. The judge also denied AFLC’s motion requesting that the court issue an order preventing the Wayne County Sheriff and his deputies from restricting the Christian evangelists from displaying their banners and signs on the public sidewalks outside of this year’s Arab Festival, which will be held in June. In the ruling, the judge stated the following: “The Court finds that the actual demonstration of violence here provided the requisite justification for [the Wayne County sheriffs’] intervention, even if the officials acted as they did because of the effect the speech had on the crowd.”
Robert Muise, AFLC Co-Founder and Senior Counsel, commented: “The First Amendment was dealt a severe blow today as a result of this ruling. Indeed, this ruling effectively empowers Muslims to silence Christian speech that they deem offensive by engaging in violence. And pursuant to this ruling, the Christian speakers are now subject to arrest for engaging in disorderly conduct on account of the Muslim hecklers’ violent response to their speech. In short, this ruling turns the First Amendment on its head.”
David Yerushalmi, AFLC Co-Founder and Senior Counsel, added: “This fight for our fundamental right to freedom of speech does not stop here. We have filed an immediate appeal of this ruling to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. While Judge Duggan may have been the first judge to rule on this issue, he won’t be the last. Indeed, we are prepared to take this case to the U.S. Supreme Court if necessary because it is imperative that our free speech rights not be subject to mob rule. This is the United States, not Benghazi.”
At least for now.
Also interesting that a poster on JW calls the Arab Festival the “Muslim Festival”. When we do it, its stereotyping; when they say Â Arab, they mean Muslim:
This judgment is simply putting a sensible BUFFER distance between two antagonistic groups. This is similar to the distance judgments that have been put in place for the Westboro Baptist Church’s street demonstrations, among other demonstrations by known antagonist entities from civil rights marches to marches by undesirable groups like the Nazis. This judge’s statement is not saying the Chrisitians can’t picket and distribute materials. It’s just saying the Chrisitians can’t do that proselytizing ON MUSLIM FESTIVAL GROUNDS. If the Muslims have rented that space then they should have exclusive control of it for the duration of their festival. This is not crossing the line into forbidding free speech. The judgment is forbidding that free speech is carried into a TEMPORARILY PROHIBITED AREA.
Here’s the answer:
Where do you get the idea that the event takes place on “muslim festival grounds”? A “temporarily prohibited area”? It’s called the ARAB Festival, not the muslim Festival. Read all about it:
You’re blowing it out your a$$.