Accuracy in Media

Reacting to reports that the Obama Department of Justice may prosecute those who write and post articles offensive to Muslims, Pamela Geller of the American Freedom Defense Initiative has vowed, “We will fight you on this every step of the way. We will drag your dhimmi asses all the way to the Supreme Court. This is Sharia enforcement, and we are not going to stand for it.”

The term “dhimmi” refers to submission to or enforcement of Islamic law, also called Sharia.

Geller, who also co-foundedStop Islamization of Nations (SION) with Robert Spencer of Jihad Watch, has endorsed a rally for free speech on June 4 in Manchester, Tennessee, to protest anti-free speech comments by Bill Killian, U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Tennessee.

Killian has generated outrage by vowing to use federal civil rights laws to punish those making critical comments about Islam.

A local paper reports that Killian and Kenneth Moore, special agent in charge of the FBI’s Knoxville, Tennessee, Division, are speaking at a public event and “will provide input on how civil rights can be violated by those who post inflammatory documents targeted at Muslims on social media.”

A U.S. Attorney usually prosecutes offenses such as foreign terrorism, child pornography, violent crimes and drug trafficking. But Killian told the local paper that civil rights laws can have certain “consequences” for the First Amendment right of free speech. The paper said, “Killian said Internet postings that violate civil rights are subject to federal jurisdiction.”

Killian is apparently basing this campaign against free speech on a Facebook post from a local politician showing a picture of a man pointing a shotgun at the camera with the phrase, “How to wink at a Muslim.” The local politician is a Democrat who says he intended it to be humorous.

The American Muslim Advisory Council, which denounced the “hate-filled post,” advertises the June 4 event as being about “public discourse in a free society.” It is scheduled for 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. at the Manchester-Coffee County Conference Center, 147 Hospitality Boulevard in Manchester, Tennessee.

The demonstration for free speech is scheduled for 5:30 pm at the same location. “Change your plans, get off from work—go,” Geller says. “Tweet it, Facebook share, get the word out.”

The Killian address is apparently part of an “Arab American and Muslim Outreach Program” conducted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office and the local office of the FBI, and mandated by President Obama’s and Attorney General Eric Holder’s Department of Justice.

Killian’s official website also highlights a keynote address he delivered on August 25, 2012, when the Chattanooga (Tennessee) Islamic Center hosted a grand opening celebration. The center features “Strong Islamic studies,” a term that implies Sharia.

But radical Islam does not appear to be a potential problem for Killian. Instead, his office officially represents the United States in civil litigation and declares “we sue individuals or entities who have violated federal civil laws,” according to Killian’s official newsletter.

In the context of his warnings about posting comments critical of Muslims, this statement takes on ominous implications and must be treated seriously.

A wealthy former adjunct professor in trial advocacy at the University of Tennessee School of Law, he is clearly a showboat who wants to please his bosses in Washington, D.C. He is featured in eight photos in his official 12-page newsletter and has been described by a local paper as “a longtime Democrat.”  

In an article about Killian’s anti-free speech efforts, the conservative legal group Judicial Watch comments, “In its latest effort to protect followers of Islam in the U.S., the Obama Justice Department warns against using social media to spread information considered inflammatory against Muslims, threatening that it could constitute a violation of civil rights.”

Exercising her own First Amendment rights, Geller, the founder, editor and publisher of, is strongly urging “every Atlas reader, twitter and Facebook friend who can be in Tennessee to join us” for the demonstration for free speech.

“Don’t think that this is just going to go away,” she warns. “They have declared war on our very freedoms. While we still have freedom of speech, we must use it.” She urges the public to bring free speech signs to the event.

In a story on the controversy, Politico quotes Floyd Abrams, one of the country’s most respected First Amendment attorneys, as saying about Killian: “He’s just wrong. The government may, indeed, play a useful and entirely constitutional role in urging people not to engage in speech that amounts to religious discrimination. But it may not, under the First Amendment, prevent or punish speech even if it may be viewed as hostile to a religion. And what it most clearly may not do is to stifle political or social debate, however rambunctious or offensive some may think it is.”

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  • joshuasweet

    “information considered inflammatory against Muslims” so the truth being inflammatory against Muslims will be prosecuted? So the simple facts of the Muslims atrocities, the suicide bombers, the poising of school girls. The recent beheading of a British solider, the Boston bombing, the making of women into chattel, the disfigurement, the stoning, burnings as well as the destruction of other religious representations Or the historical facts concerning the
    founder of the religion of peace being a pedophile and a murderer can
    not be mentioned either?

  • jfedwards

    Thanks Ms. Pamela Geller.

  • OldmanRick

    Gee, does that mean we can’t tell the truth about the cult of Islam with a social and political agenda. Guess, I’ll just have to say CISPA in all future postings.
    BTW, Pam, thanks. When the Marxists and their trolls, useful idiots, sheeple, and members of the gimmedat crowd come after you, let us know when, where, why, and how to donate time and funds..

  • Conniption Fitz

    Yep, we’ve got a problem with the Gimmes (Obama’s voter base) and the Dhimmis (soft liberal left) who are falling for the propaganda of the hard left (Collectivists, Globalists, Black Supremacists and Islamists).

  • Rollover

    Easy way to get completely around obozo and ilame! QUOTE ANY INMAN or Qur’an sura before you say anything that says one single word about Judaism, Christianity, or any other religion to make that a moot point! IF islam or a muslim says the same thing or anything “discriminatory” about any other religion other than theirs then they are also in violation and should be drug back here to stand trial next to me or you! Hey whats good for the goose is good for the gander! Use THEIR wants and crybaby sissy attempts to force us to bow to another god is sad at best and should be looked at like little children and their “he said she said” “something about me” childish attempts at growing older and trying to get mommie to intervene!
    Just because Christianity had their little crusades and killing and forcing a religion on the population (hint: The DARK Ages!) doesn’t mean that man hasn’t advanced far enough to actually make up their minds because they were not beaten into submission by what amounts to bullies on a really bad scale AGAIN! Called followers of Islam passing it down to their children by force!
    The world has been there already we don’t need to go there again! We stopped several bullies on the national scale, Hitler, the keepers of the USSR and a few others so whats keeping the world from NOT stopping what they KNOW will force every female into total domination and children into sexual slavery along with them! ONLY those who wish to think with their gonads or those itty bitty things that can’t get a good woman anyway flock to it! Not to mention the weak willed women of the world that actually think islamis a good thing? Great! All of you go to the ME and see how well they treat you! Another thing to wonder is what has Islam and Musslemland given to the world thats worth anything except for the numbers we use today?

  • Helen

    God is a God of love!!!!!God is not intolerant!!!!! God loves everyone. He would love for each of us to love Him and He teaches that love is the way to Him. Hate and intolerance has never been the way to HIm. If you have hate in your heart for those who believe different than you, if you think you can kill them for believing different that you then you may find yourself in hell when you die because that is NOT God’s way!!!!! I write this with love in my heart and a wish for peace in the name of God who is the Lord of all.