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Judge Tosses Out Frivolous Lawsuit By Right-Wingers Against Muslim Group


Judge tosses suit against Muslim group over speech

ALLEGAN, Mich. — A federal judge has dismissed a conservative Christian advocacy group’s lawsuit against a Muslim rights organization over the cancellation of a speech by an anti-Muslim speaker at a southwestern Michigan school.

The Thomas More Law Center sued the Council on American-Islamic Relations in 2012, saying its Michigan director violated the free speech rights of then-state Rep. Dave Agema and others involved in the event at Allegan High School.

Allegan police interrupted Kamal Saleem’s Jan. 28, 2012, speech, saying there were threats of violence against him. Dawud Walid of the Muslim group’s Michigan office had written the school district earlier objecting to Saleem’s appearance.

U.S. District Judge Janet Neff on Wednesday dismissed Walid and his group as defendants. Neff also dismissed claims against People for the American Way and Allegan police.

Associated Press, 22 January 2014

See also “Federal judge dismisses Thomas More Law Center’s ‘frivolous’ lawsuit Against CAIR-MI, Executive Director”, CAIR press release, 22 January 2014

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  • Nur Alia binti Ahmad

    Lets understand that Mr. Salam is a ‘paid spokesman’ for a specific ideology. He is not practicing free speech, he is being paid to present an ideology.

  • From CAIR PR: “Plaintiffs’ allegations do not state a plausible constitutional deprivation.”

    So, is part of the legal reason one where private groups cannot be held to “violate free speech” of others and only government and its agents can “violate free speech?”

    CAIR also has free speech rights and can also make choices about speech. Private individuals and groups have their own free speech and this includes what they do and do not want to hear. Only government and its agents can violate free speech.

  • SarahAB

    I only saw the application after the date when it was being considered had passed. I wouldn’t have thought the people concerned would have heard of Gash (perhaps I’m wrong) but I assume it wouldn’t have been taken very seriously.

  • GaribaldiOfLoonwatch

    “being supported by Stephen Gash”…that’s a big red flag right there. Shouldn’t authorities be informed of the fact that he’s part of “mosquebusters,” whose goal is stop any mosque from being built by any means necessary.

  • SarahAB

    The headline reminded me that I have been unable to track down what happened to this application, which was supposed to be heard a week or so ago. (I’m interested because I live in the area.)

  • mindy1

    Heh great 😀

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