On Saturday, the State Department released a press release condemning the recent deadly attacks in Baghdad. What’s interesting about this is that the United States government is now taking a quite public and official position on what is good for Islam qua Islam:
“The United States condemns in the strongest possible terms the cowardly attacks today in Baghdad. These attacks were aimed at families celebrating the Eid al-Fitr holiday that marks the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. The terrorists who committed these acts are enemies of Islam and a shared enemy of the United States, Iraq, and the international community.”
The idea that the federal government may and can speak on behalf of a “religion” is interesting in and of itself–that is, from a constitutional, empirical, and logical perspective. Might we hear that an Israeli policy of supporting settlements in Judea and Samaria (the “West Bank”) is bad for Judaism or Zionism next? Or, maybe unmarried priests are bad for Catholicism? Shall we not say that the Hindu caste system, and all those who practice it, are bad for Hindu proper? Or, put another way, does the Hindu caste system make Hindu a “bad” religion?
On the one hand, we are told that Islam is not a single thing/ideology/theology, like Sharia, but a heterogeneous, culturally and theologically diverse belief/culture/ideology/religion that cannot be criticized because no group represents it exclusively. Yet, we somehow know that those we consider “bad” Muslims are not representative of the unknowable whole of Islam. Quite a feat. This of course is the same fallacy of those who attack “Islamophobes” on this basis. That is, how do you know that shariah-Islam is not what the “Islamophobes” say it is if you cannot know what it is in the first instance? This recalls of course the great contradiction in the underlying credo of the modern liberal: There are no absolutes, absolutely!
The problem we have in modern discourse is what can be referred to as arbitrary indiscrimination. When we choose, rather arbitrarily, to be “indiscriminate” about what a group is or how it is represented in order not to pass judgment on the whole, we reduce discourse to incoherence because human thought and speech is dependent on the creation of discriminating categories. (using the word ‘discriminate’ in the sense of “to note or observe a difference; distinguish accurately: to discriminate between things.”)
Last night, AFLC Co-Founder and Senior Counsel Robert J. Muise participated in a televised discussion on the Fox 2 Detroit program, Let It Rip, in which he debated a Muslim “inter-faith” activist about the relevance of a public discussion of whether Islam is a religion of peace.
Tomorrow’s conference, which is hosted by Ave Mario Radio, features AFLC client Robert Spencer, who has faced intense criticism from liberals and Muslims for his argument that sharia-adherent Islam is a threat to America. In addition, AFLC Senior Counsel Robert Muise will be giving a speech on “Islam and the Law.” Details about the conference, including a link to register, are below.
USA TODAY released an article on Sunday highlighting the growing number of state legislatures proposing or enacting the American Laws for American Courts (ALAC) legislation, which was drafted by AFLC Co-Founder and Senior Counsel David Yerushalmi. ALAC is designed to prohibit the application of foreign law, including, but not limited to sharia, when it would violate fundamental constitutional rights such as due process and equal protection.
The article highlights that North Carolina last month became the [eighth] state to pass ALAC legislation; Republican Gov. Pat McCrory is expected to sign the bill shortly.
In addition, the article quotes AFLC client and public policy ally Frank Gaffney, president of the Center for Security Policy, who states that the idea of foreign laws entering American courts is “an affront to the Constitution of the United States and detrimental to those whose rights are infringed.”
This past month was another incredibly busy month for the American Freedom Law Center (AFLC) — all thanks to your generous support. Accordingly, AFLC is pleased to report to you our significant activities and accomplishments for July 2013:
On July 1, Omar Alomari, a Muslim and former “Multicultural Relations” officer at the Ohio Department of Homeland Security (OHS), dismissed his “defamation” lawsuit that he filed in Ohio state court against several national security experts for publishing reports about his role as a former high-ranking official in the Jordanian government and his ties to terrorist organizations. In May 2013, AFLC filed a motion to dismiss Alomari’s lawsuit on behalf of the security experts. The motion demonstrated that the lawsuit lacked merit and should be dismissed by the court.
On July 1, the King County Metro Transit authority in Seattle, Washington, announced that it agreed to run a pro-Israel advertisement on its public transportation vehicles after AFLC threatened to sue the agency on behalf of the advertisement’s sponsors, the Freedom Defense Initiative (FDI), and its executive directors, Pamela Geller and Robert Spencer. The proposed advertisement stated, “The Palestinian Authority Is Calling For A Jew-Free State. Equal Rights for Jews.”
On July 5, AFLC filed its opening brief in the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, asking the court to overturn a lower court’s dismissal of a civil rights lawsuit brought by several Christian evangelists who were violently attacked by a hostile mob of Muslims while preaching at an Arab festival last year in Dearborn, Michigan. Dearborn has the largest Muslim population in the United States. Video of the Muslim assault went viral on YouTube.
On July 9, AFLC filed a motion for summary disposition in the Ingham County Circuit Court, seeking to dismiss a defamation lawsuit filed by former Michigan State Representative Lisa Brown — a liberal and staunch supporter of abortion — against her former legislative assistant, Ericah Caughey. AFLC is defending Caughey in this lawsuit, which alleges that Caughey made defamatory statements about Brown in recent political campaign videos. The statements related to Brown’s abrupt firing of Caughey in 2009 while Caughey was pregnant.
Litigation continues in AFLC’s legal challenge against the Detroit-area transportation authority — the Suburban Mobility Authority for Regional Transportation (SMART) — for refusing to display a “Leaving Islam” religious freedom advertisement on its buses. On July 12, AFLC filed its reply in support of its motion to compel discovery in light of SMART’s decision to withhold relevant information pertaining to its censorship of our clients’ advertisement because SMART’s lawyers claim the information is attorney-client privileged. On July 26, AFLC Senior Counsel Robert J. Muise presented argument at a hearing in federal court, contending that SMART’s privilege was waived because they already produced documents similar to those requested without raising the privilege.
In this latest “Faith & Freedom Report,” AFLC Co-Founder and Senior Counsel Robert Muise discusses another outrageous, “politically-correct” assault on American values, in which school officials at Live Oak High School in Morgan Hill, California, banned several students from wearing to school patriotic clothing depicting the American flag because some students at the school were celebrating the Mexican holiday known as “Cinco de Mayo.”
School officials approved the “Cinco de Mayo” celebration but intentionally restricted the American students’ speech because they feared that the red, white, and blue patriotic expression would offend Mexican students on “their day.” AFLC is representing three of the students on appeal to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, and oral argument will be scheduled before a three-judge panel in the coming months.
The American Freedom Law Center (AFLC) is pleased to report to you each month its significant activities and accomplishments, all of which are made possible by your generous support. Here are the highlights for June 2013:
On June 4, AFLC filed a federal civil rights lawsuit in New York against several officials from the State University of New York at Buffalo (SUNY-Buffalo) for permitting pro-abortion protestors to disrupt a pro-life demonstration on the university’s campus. By failing to protect the pro-lifers’ free speech activity and effectively joining the pro-abortion mob intent on suppressing the pro-lifers’ speech, the university officials violated the First Amendment.
In June, AFLC filed multiple briefs in federal court in Washington, D.C., in defense of the Center for Security Policy (CSP) and several of its employees, who were sued by the Council on America-Islamic Relations (CAIR National) for working on a documentary designed to expose CAIR National’s Muslim Brotherhood-Hamas ties and other illegal activities. Briefing is now closed in the case, and we await the court’s decision.
Litigation continues in AFLC’s legal challenge against the Detroit-area transportation authority—the Suburban Mobility Authority for Regional Transportation (SMART)—for refusing to display a religious freedom advertisement on its buses that said “Leaving Islam?” Multiple depositions of former and current SMART officials were taken in June. Additionally, we filed a motion with the court seeking to compel SMART to produce emails that it is withholding under a bogus claim of attorney-client privilege.
On June 26, AFLC announced that its recent citizens’ awareness drive resulted in over 10,000 American citizens petitioning their elected representatives to enact the “American Laws for American Courts” (ALAC) legislation, which is designed to prohibit the application of foreign law in U.S. state courts when doing so would violate fundamental constitutional rights such as due process and equal protection.
On June 6, Senior Counsel Robert Muise had the honor of speaking at the Western Connecticut Military Officers Association’s 38th Annual Young American Awards, where he was presented with a Certificate of Appreciation.
We are putting the final touches on a major brief to be filed shortly in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit in defense of the Christian missionaries who were stoned by an angry Muslim mob at the 2012 Dearborn Arab Festival.
And we will soon be filing a brief in a high-profile defamation case that we will be revealing shortly. . .
On June 6, 2013, AFLC Co-Founder & Senior Counsel Robert Muise had the honor of speaking at the Western Connecticut Military Officers Association’s 38th Annual Young American Awards, where he was presented with a Certificate of Appreciation. Video is below.
National security expert Patrick A. Poole has just released a groundbreaking new report that examines the federal government’s fatal outreach to Islamic groups with ties to terrorism.
Specifically, Poole calls into question the federal government’s ongoing practice of naming certain Islamic groups supporters of terror then in turn reaching out to them as potential allies.
As Poole explains, “these same Islamic organizations and leaders have openly encouraged a purge of counterterrorism training that have effectively blinded law enforcement, homeland security, and intelligence agencies to active terror threats as seen in the inaction of the FBI concerning the Boston bombing suspects and other terror cases.”
As America continues to endure the challenges of secular progressivism and radical Islam, AFLC remains vigilant in its mission to defend faith and freedom all across the Nation. Indeed, May was another incredibly busy month for the American Freedom Law Center (AFLC), thanks to the generous support of patriotic Americans like you. To that end, AFLC is pleased to report to you our significant accomplishments and case activity for the month of May.
On May 6, in a momentous First Amendment victory, the City of Dearborn, Michigan, issued an official apology and paid a large settlement for arresting several Christian missionaries who were peacefully preaching to Muslims at the Dearborn Arab International Festival in 2010. AFLC represented Dr. Nabeel Qureshi, David Wood, and Paul Rezkalla, who were thrown in jail on June 18, 2010, and charged with “breach of the peace” for their free speech activity.
On May 14, a Michigan federal judge turned the First Amendment on its head and dismissed a civil rights lawsuit brought by several Christian evangelists who were violently assaulted by a hostile Muslim mob while preaching at the Dearborn Arab festival last year. In the “Faith & Freedom Report” video below, AFLC Senior Counsel Robert Muise discusses the judge’s ruling and its First Amendment implications.
On May 17, a federal judge entered a stipulated order preliminarily halting the enforcement of a City of Ann Arbor, Michigan ordinance that prohibited a pro-life advocate from displaying a “Free Ultrasound” sign in his vehicle, which he legally parks outside of a local Planned Parenthood. The order will remain in effect during the pendency of AFLC’s civil rights lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the ordinance on behalf of the pro-lifer.
On May 20, AFLC filed its motion for summary judgment, accompanying memorandum of law, and hundreds of supporting documents in a D.C. federal court in defense of the Center for Security Policy (CSP) and several of its employees, who were sued by the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) for working on a documentary designed to expose CAIR’s Muslim Brotherhood-Hamas ties and other illegal activities. As demonstrated by AFLC’s court filings, the documentary was undertaken legally and quite properly.
On May 24, a federal judge granted AFLC’s motion for a preliminary injunction, halting the Obama administration from enforcing the HHS “contraception” mandate against Johnson Welded Products, Inc., a family owned and operated company in Ohio, and its President and principal owner, Ms. Lilli Johnson, until an appellate decision is reached in a similar case. Johnson objects to the mandate based upon her sincerely held religious beliefs.
On May 28, AFLC filed a petition for a writ of certiorari (i.e., request for review) in the United States Supreme Court on behalf of Crystal Dixon, a former human resources administrator at the University of Toledo who was fired in 2008 for expressing her personal, Christian viewpoint on homosexuality in an op-ed published in the local newspaper. On December 17, 2012, a three-judge panel in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit dismissed Dixon’s case and sided with the lower court, which ruled that the University’s “diversity” interests trumped Dixon’s First Amendment rights.
On May 29, AFLC filed a motion to dismiss a lawsuit brought by a Muslim (and former Jordanian government official) against several national security experts after he was fired as the Multicultural Relations Officer of the Ohio Department of Homeland Security for falsifying his background. AFLC, along with local co-counsel, is representing the experts, who specialize on the Muslim Brotherhood and the sharia-driven threat of stealth jihad to America.
Litigation continues in AFLC’s legal challenge to the refusal of a Detroit-area transportation authority—the Suburban Mobility Authority for Regional Transportation (SMART)—to display a religious freedom advertisement on its buses. On May 9 and May 13, AFLC Senior Counsel Robert Muise defended the depositions of the bus ad’s sponsors, Pamela Geller and Robert Spencer. On May 21, Muise took the deposition of an official who testified on behalf of SMART.