Accuracy in Media

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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  • tarandfeatherthecrooks

    These brave patriots and heroes are National Treasures; Thank you Pamela Geller and Robert Spencer.

  • joshuasweet

    “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof…”
    “Laws are made for the government of actions, and while they cannot
    interfere with mere religious beliefs and opinions, they may with
    so what legal standing do they have under the Constitution for such making a set of laws albeit religious ones any standing over our Constitutional protections from religion as well. there is no way that I will be compliant to sharia laws or their use in American courts.

  • MizGeek

    Islam is a religion of peace only if you are a muslim. If you are not muslim, Islam commands muslims to convert, subjugate or kill all non Muslims. Over the last century, muslims are directly responsible for well over 90% of terrorist attacks. Muslims are responsible for the establishment of the first standing military force in America, the Marines to fight muslim pirates that were capturing and killing sailors at will, I guess this is what Oboma meant when telling us they have contributed greatly to the building of America.

    Muslims flew planes into the World Trade Center and killed almost 2,000 innocent Americans. Christians are being persecuted and executed almost daily in the Middle East and Africa for being Christian. Women have no rights and are considered property under Islam. It is acceptable, even required for a muslim male to kill a woman who dares to have an opinion or think for herself and make her own decisions. Women are not allowed to get an education under islam. Women are not allowed to drive in Saudia Arabia. Men are required to discipline (beat) women who disobey them and there are lessons on how to do it properly in the koran, (where is Hillary, NOW and Code Pink on this, shouldn’t they be protesting CAIR daily instead of having lunch with them?).

    Why has all credible instruction on muslim extremists and terrorism been stripped from the training programs at the FBI, CIA and every other agency? The hypocrisy is appalling to me. The only possible explanation is that Obama is a muslim and is systematically disarming America and purposly leaving us vulnerable to attack by MUSLIM EXTREMISTS AND MUSLIM TERRORISTS. None of this is by accident. (Note: muslim, koran and islam have deliberately been written lower case)

  • edie

    even if you are a muslim, they have centuries-long wars with shiite vs
    sunni– they don’t get along with anyone

  • Miguel prado

    In order to better understand Islam, we must first realize that it is a heresy. The Muslim “faith” is an invention derived from Jewish and Christian beliefs cobbled together.

  • eavesmac

    Another item shoved down our throat just like gay marriage……Time to burn a few Korans on Youtube along with some rainbow flags.

  • Gayle Spencer

    Regardless of where found, Muslims cause trouble. As Sam Huntington (a liberal of impeccable pedigrees) said, “Islam’s borders are bloody and so are its innards. The fundamental
    problem for the West is not Islamic fundamentalism. It is Islam, a different civilisation whose people are convinced of the superiority of their culture and are obsessed with the inferiority of their power.” —— Huntington’s 1998 text The Clash of Civilizations and the Remaking of the World Order.