There is no Freedom Without Freedom of speech

constitutionThat Pesky First Amendment

FIRST AMENDMENT:

“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the
right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”

FROM ARTICLE:

“This is an educational effort with civil rights laws as they play into freedom of religion and exercising freedom of religion,” Killian told The News Monday. “This is also to inform the public what federal laws are in effect and what the consequences are.”

“Killian said Internet postings that violate civil rights are subject to federal jurisdiction.”

QUESTION:  Where does the First Amendment, ‘Freedom of Speech’ fit in here?  Even what may be deemed inappropriate ‘speech’?? Guess Mr. Killian will reveal that Tuesday night.

There is no Freedom Without Freedom of speech

The public is invited to a meeting titled “Public Disclosure in a Diverse Society” at the Manchester-Coffee County Conference Center, 147 Hospitality Blvd., Manchester, TN on Tuesday, June 4th at 6:30 p.m.

High ranking Federal government officials will present “an educational effort with civil rights laws as they play into freedom of religion and exercising freedom of religion.”

The presentation will also focus on Islamic culture and “how it is different from those in other religions.”

Come to the meeting and find out the answer to these questions and more:

Is there a limit on speech about political Islam?

Exactly what speech would be defined as violating ‘civil rights’?

Can we tell the truth?

Is criticism of Islam to be suppressed?

Is it Islamic doctrine that its religion and politics can’t be critiqued by non-Muslims?

Which specific Federal policies authorized the FBI and the DOJ to speak at this public meeting?

Will the Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security, the Department of Justice, and FBI come to Nashville for a round table discussion about Islamic political doctrine?

“Public Disclosure in a Diverse Society”

Group sets meeting to increase tolerance of Muslims, culture

CITY EDITOR

brian justice

 Posted on Tuesday, May 21, 2013

A special meeting has been scheduled for the stated purpose of increasing awareness and understanding that American Muslims are not the terrorists some have made them out to be in social media and other circles.

“Public Disclosure in a Diverse Society” will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, June 4, at the Manchester-Coffee County Conference Center, 147 Hospitality Blvd.

Special speakers for the event will be Bill Killian, U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Tennessee, and Kenneth Moore, special agent in charge of the FBI’s Knoxville Division.

Sponsor of the event is the American Muslim Advisory Council of Tennessee — a 15-member board formed two years ago when the General Assembly was considering passing legislation that would restrict those who worship Sharia Law, which is followed by Muslims.

Killian and Moore will provide input on how civil rights can be violated by those who post inflammatory documents targeted at Muslims on social media.

“This is an educational effort with civil rights laws as they play into freedom of religion and exercising freedom of religion,” Killian told The News Monday. “This is also to inform the public what federal laws are in effect and what the consequences are.”

Killian said the presentation will also focus on Muslim culture and how, that although terrorist acts have been committed by some in the faith, they are no different from those in other religions.

He referred to the 1995 Oklahoma City Bombing in which Timothy McVeigh, an American terrorist, detonated a truck bomb in front of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building on April 19, 1995. Commonly referred to as the Oklahoma City Bombing, the attack killed 168 people and injured more than 800.

It was the deadliest act of terrorism within the United States prior to the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks and remains the deadliest act of domestic terrorism in U.S. history. Terry Nichols was also charged and incarcerated as a coconspirator.

Killian also referred to the Wisconsin Sikh temple shooting on Aug. 5, 2012, when Wade Michael Page, an American white supremacist, fatally shot six people and wounded four others in a mass shooting at a Sikh temple in Oak Creek, Wis. Page committed suicide by shooting himself in the head after he was shot in the stomach by a responding police officer.

“Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols were both Christians as was the guy who shot up the Sikh temple,” Killian said. “Sikhs are not Muslim, Many people think they are Muslim, but they split off with the Hindu religion.”

Killian referred to a Facebook posting made by Coffee County Commissioner Barry West that showed a picture of a man pointing a double-barreled shotgun at a camera lens with the caption saying, “How to Wink at a Muslim.”

Killian said he and Moore had discussed the issue.

“If a Muslim had posted ‘How to Wink at a Christian,’ could you imagine what would have happened?” he said. “We need to educate people about Muslims and their civil rights, and as long as we’re here, they’re going to be protected.”

Killian said Internet postings that violate civil rights are subject to federal jurisdiction.

“That’s what everybody needs to understand,” he said.

Killian said slide show presentations will be made.

Read more here.

Intimidation of free speech in Tennessee?

FROM OUR FRIENDS AT ACT FOR AMERICA:

On June 4th, an event titled “Public Disclosure in a Diverse Society” will be held from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM at the Manchester-Coffee County Conference Center, 147 Hospitality Blvd, in Manchester, Tennessee.

The special speakers for the event are a U.S. Attorney and an FBI special agent.

The instigation for this event was a Facebook posting by a Coffee County Commissioner, a Democrat. The posting showed a picture of a man pointing a shotgun at the camera with the phrase, “How to wink at a Muslim.”

ACT! for America believes this posting was ill-advised, offensive and provocative—but it appears to us to be the kind of political satire that is protected by the First Amendment. And it’s certainly less incendiary than some of the comments jihadists have been known to publicly make.

In an article in The Tullahoma News, the U.S. Attorney is quoted as saying:

“If a Muslim had posted ‘How to Wink at a Christian,’ could you imagine what would have happened?” he said. “We need to educate people about Muslims and their civil rights, and as long as we’re here, they’re going to be protected.”

We know the answer to his question—nothing would have happened. There would have been no meeting like this one to warn Muslims about how they might be violating the civil rights of non-Muslims.

The attorney further went on to state in the article that violations of civil rights will be prosecuted.

ACT! for America is not in the business of violating anyone’s civil rights. We are, however, in the business of protecting our constitutional right of free speech.

And we find the tone of the U.S. Attorney’s remarks, and the very existence of this meeting, disconcerting at best and a preemptive assault on the First Amendment at worst.

On March 11th we conducted a national webcast announcing the creation of “Americans United to Defend Free Speech.” We explained how our own State Department was complicit in efforts by the Organization of Islamic Cooperation to impose what amounts to “hate speech” laws in countries around the world.

This State Department effort is unprecedented, which is why we’re encouraging people to sign our Open Letter to Congress and the state legislatures to oppose the effort.

Here’s your opportunity to stand up against the intimidation of free speech in your state. You can join the many others we know who are planning on attending the meeting in Manchester.

Our message—your message—at this event is simple.

The First Amendment right of free speech is one that we cherish and that we will defend—and even provocative, offensive speech must not be used as a pretense to muzzle it.

Should you choose to attend, we encourage you to be respectful with any questions and responses to the speakers, and stay focused on the issue of free speech.

 

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