Free Speech Verses Islamic Tyranny In TN

Posted: June 5, 2013 in A Culture War, Free Speech Verses Tyranny In TN

Here are a couple of reports about the US attempt to silence those who will not submit to Islamic tyranny.

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This post is from Atlas Shrugs:

I already posted about this egregious enemedia distortion, but over at Jihad Watch Robert Spencer brilliantly eviscerates both the Tennessean reporter’s lack of concern for accuracy (or free speech) and the propaganda that was being spread at the event itself.

The Tennessean defames patriots who stood for free speech Robert Spencer at Jihad Watch

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I met Nicole Young of The Tennessean last night and asked her if she was as bad as her colleague Bob Smietana, who is one of the most truth-challenged, agenda-driven, pro-Muslim Brotherhood reporters in the country. Her report is probably not as bad as Smietana’s would have been, but she still places front and center the preposterous claim that someone in the crowd was “afraid” of the other audience members, as if these patriots who came out to defend the freedom of speech were some gang of thugs — but of course, that’s how the mainstream media always portrays those who oppose jihad and Islamic supremacism, and the facts be damned.

The Tennessean report, like Bill Killian and Kenneth Moore, completely ignores the genuine concern that people have about jihad and Islamic supremacist activity, and the fact that Muslim groups (aided and abetted by Obama) use claims of “hate” and “bigotry” to shut down honest discussion of how jihadists use the texts and teachings of Islam to justify violence and supremacism. Killian and Moore expatiated at length about how “inflammatory” speech could violate civil rights laws, and how Arab and Muslim children were being taunted in school, and how Tennesseans should be more welcoming, etc. But no one was there to defend the taunting of Muslim or Arab schoolchildren. No one was there because he hated foreigners. People were there because they know that truthful and accurate exploration of Islam’s violent teachings has been deemed “inflammatory” by both Muslim groups and the Obama regime — and that leaves us unable to examine the motives and goals of jihad terrorists, or to defend ourselves adequately against them. That’s why everyone was so upset with Killian and Moore, but they were either oblivious to that fact or intent on ignoring it.

And Pamela Geller’s questions are apposite: “The enemedia supporting the suppression and restriction of free speech in America presents an interesting paradox. Are they so clueless or self-important that they think they will be spared? Didn’t the Obama administration spying on the AP and other news organizations teach them anything?” Good questions for Nicole Young to ponder.

“Diversity event draws raucous crowd in Coffee County,” by Nicole Young for The Tennessean, June 4 (thanks to Pamela Geller):

MANCHESTER — Hundreds of people turned out at the Manchester Convention Center Tuesday evening for an event billed as a discussion of public discourse in a diverse society, with a particular focus on the Muslim religion.People were turned away at the door because the facility was too full. Some grew angry and started hurling terms like “Communist,” “Socialist” and “Muslim” at law enforcement officials.

The indoor event, sponsored by the American Muslim Advisory Council, was countered by a large group of protesters, both outside and inside the facility. Some who made it in before admission was cut off continuously interrupted the speakers.

The interruptions were so intense at times that attendee Elaine Smith, 55, of Bedford County, said she was afraid of other audience members.

“I came here because I wanted to learn something … but I couldn’t hear because the audience was so disrespectful,” she said. “I cried when I got here. It makes me really sad especially because these people say they’re Christians. The God I worship doesn’t teach hate.”

During the keynote speech given by Bill Killian, US Attorney of the Eastern District of Tennessee, audience members continually interrupted, making it difficult to understand what was said. Killian brought a power point presentation that covered the First and 14th Amendments and what constitutes a hate crime, among other things. He read the First Amendment verbatim, between interruptions.

FBI special agent in charge of the Eastern Tennessee District Kenneth Moore took the podium after Killian.

“Our presence here tonight has generated some controversy,” he said. “People think we want to step on and stifle their First Amendment rights. Nothing could be further from the truth.”

Moore said the FBI was continually working to build relationships with worshippers of Islam and other faiths because “they are essential” to keeping the country safe.

Protester Larry McIntosh, 54, of Manchester, said he was skeptical of Killian and Moore.

“I feel like (these) men are attempting to intimidate people with the freedom of speech and that bothers me,” he said. “I would like to say that Muslims have a right to live here and worship freely, but I do not think they have the right to change American law to fit Sharia law. Violence no matter where it comes from bothers me.”

Former Saturday Night Live star Victoria Jackson was among the protesters.

“The Constitution and Sharia cannot coexist,” she said. “Islam is evil.”

Event organizers said they chose Manchester and Coffee County because of a Facebook post made by Coffee County Commissioner Barry West last month that said Muslims were best greeted behind a shotgun barrel. West later apologized for the post, but it has since ignited a First Amendment debate.

Gene Policinski, senior vice president and executive director of the First Amendment Center, a non-profit educational iniative [sic] with offices on Vanderbilt Campus and in Washington D.C., said the First Amendment does not restrict the right of a public official to express opinions.

“Are public officials held to a higher standard than you or I? I think yes, but it’s not a limitation,” he said. “There’s nothing in the First Amendment banning anyone to say things that people find repellant, distasteful, repugnant, or even bigoted. The antidote that our founders provided for speech is more speech, not less.”

Tell it to Killian.

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“Massive Crowd” in Machester

Here is one media outlet that gives a more accurate news account of the magnificent American moment that took place last night in Manchester, Tennessee. The freedom revolution has begun.

Event About Increasing Awareness and Understanding of American Muslims Brings in Massive Crowd in Manchester” WGNS Rado, June 5, 2013 (thanks to Andrew Bostom)

 A special meeting took place Tuesday night for the stated purpose of increasing awareness and understanding of American Muslims. The event was held in Manchester, Tennessee.
The event called “Public Disclosure in a Diverse Society” was held at the Manchester-Coffee County Conference Center.

Special speakers for the event were Bill Killian, U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Tennessee, and Kenneth Moore, special agent in charge of the FBI’s Knoxville Division. Killian said the community forum was an educational effort to inform the community about civil rights laws as they play into the exercise of religious freedom.

Sponsor of the event was 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.
An estimated crowd of over 1,000 gathered before the event with only 600-700 people allowed inside.

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Exposing Department of Justice Propaganda
to Criminalize Speech Offensive to Muslims

Last night was a triumph for freedom and freedom lovers everywhere. Almost 2,000 patriots stood down the Department of Justice. The increasingly out-of-control Obama adminstration got the message that his war on our freedoms would be met with fierce resistance. This is the “American Spring.” This is the American freedom defense initiative.

Our AFDI Rally coverage here. Event coverage here. Tenn geller sign
The rule was no signs were allowed in the conference. Ha! I am surprised Killian didn’t arrest me for my ‘inflammatory” sign.

U.S. Attorney Bill Killian gave a power point presentation on hate crimes and hate speech. From beginning to end it was full of condescension, smears, charges that the crowd was racist, and thinly-veiled threats that truthful speech about Islam could be prosecuted. Never once did he address the fact that people aren’t concerned about Muslims because of racism and xenophobia, but because of the reality of jihad terror and the uniform denial and obfuscation, and victimhood posturing, that follows from Muslim communities after every jihad attack. Killian even stooped so low as to claim a sharp rise in “religiously-motivated hate crimes,” without ever informing the crowd that he was lumping in anti-Semitic hate crimes (which are at worldwide record levels, largely due to Islamic antisemitism) with anti-Muslim hate crimes.

FBI data shows “hate” crimes in Tennessee, including against Muslims, is half the the national average, 0.6 v. 1.5/100,000 (source: FBI). But Killian was spouting pure Islamic supremacist propaganda. He told the audience that despite 50 prosecutions and convictions of hate crimes in his district, “far too many people are still repeating the same vicious acts against the Arab-Muslim … ” This is the ruse the DoJ is using to restrict free speech. Killian said that if someone makes threats of violence, “that is not protected speech and they will be prosecuted.” Mr. Killian, I have a file of threats three inches thick, but those threats and the spike in anti-semitic threats and violence are of no import to you and your jackbooted thugs. Are you meeting with Jewish groups and going around the state and the nation stumping for Jews? Ha!

The fact is, the only interest Killian has in the dramatic rise in anti-semitic attacks is in being able to group it in with all “religious-based” violence so as to make the case for hate speech laws banning anti-Islamic rhetoric. That is sharia law. Mind you, this all stems from a bad joke that a local politician made on facebook. A joke is the impetus for the criminalization of our most protected freedom — speech.

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Here is a compendium of the news media reports:

Wednesday, June 05, 2013

Enemedia Watch: Yahoo and The Tennessean Supports Restrictions on Free Speech

The enemedia supporting the suppression and restriction of free speech in America presents an interesting paradox. Are they so clueless or self-important that they think they will be spared? Didn’t the Obama administration spying on the AP and other news organizations teach them anything?

Obama’s Department of Justice seeks to criminalize criticism of Islam — a declaration of war on the first amendment. Once the first amendment is overthrown, it’s over.

I was there — here is what happened.

This Tennessean ‘news’ report is egregious and wrong: Diversity event draws raucous crowd in Coffee County

MANCHESTER — Hundreds of people turned out at the Manchester Convention Center Tuesday evening for an event billed as a discussion of public discourse in a diverse society, with a particular focus on the Muslim religion.

People were turned away at the door because the facility was too full. Some grew angry and started hurling terms like “Communist,” “Socialist” and “Muslim” at law enforcement officials.

The indoor event, sponsored by the American Muslim Advisory Council, was countered by a large group of protesters, both outside and inside the facility. Some who made it in before admission was cut off continuously interrupted the speakers.

The interruptions were so intense at times that attendee Elaine Smith, 55, of Bedford County, said she was afraid of other audience members.

“I came here because I wanted to learn something … but I couldn’t hear because the audience was so disrespectful,” she said. “I cried when I got here. It makes me really sad especially because these people say they’re Christians. The God I worship doesn’t teach hate.”

During the keynote speech given by Bill Killian, US Attorney of the Eastern District of Tennessee, audience members continually interrupted, making it difficult to understand what was said. Killian brought a power point presentation that covered the First and 14th Amendments and what constitutes a hate crime, among other things. He read the First Amendment verbatim, between interruptions.

And here is a report from Yahoo:

DOJ Attorney Cracks Down on Anti-Muslim Hate Speech By Maryam Khan Ansari | Yahoo!

Tennessee DOJ Attorney Bill Killian Wants to Address Anti-Muslim Hate Speech — but Many Are Protesting His Efforts

Internet postings with anti-Muslim hate messages may soon be subject to federal criminal laws, according to Bill Killian, the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Tennessee.

On Tuesday, Killian and the FBI office in Knoxville, Tenn., and Bill Killian, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Tennessee, will be holding a meeting with Muslim leaders in the area.

Killian and Kenneth Moore, the FBI special agent from the Knoxville office, will be special speakers at a special meeting entitled “Public Disclosure in a Diverse Society.” They will be speaking with the Muslim community in Knoxville to inform them of their civil rights, as they pertain to hate speech and hate crimes.

Twitter feeds, however, have been rife with calls to action against the event.

The controversy is largely due to Killian’s statements regarding a recent Facebook posting by Coffee County Commissioner Barry West. In that posting, West pictured a man pointing a double-barreled shotgun at the camera, with the caption reading “How to Wink at a Muslim.”

Killian has stated that he plans to use federal civil rights laws to curb hate speech, if the speech is made incident to a hate crime. Now, many online pundits, including Pamela Geller, are accusing Killian and the Department of Justice of attempting to criminalize Islamophobic hate speech.

The real issue for many is that hate speech is generally protected under the First Amendment, unless the speech incites violence. Attempts to prosecute people for hateful speech on social media will almost certainly face backlash, as the First Amendment is one of the cornerstones of American law.

“The hate speech would have to pose a direct threat to an individual,” said Dr. Charles Haynes, of the First Amendment Center, when asked how Killian could prosecute for hateful statements made in social media.

“It’s a mystery to me,” Haynes replied, when asked which statute he thought Killian would use to prosecute hate speech.

But Killian claims that he isn’t seeking to stifle the First Amendment’s protections on free speech. Rather, he’s concerned with the impediment on the free practice of one’s religion — another key aspect of the First Amendment.

“People are free to hate, as long as they don’t act on it,” Killian said.

Killian wants to make one thing very clear: that he does not plan to prosecute anyone for posting hateful comments on social media. Rather, he intends to use hate speech as evidence in the prosecution of hate crimes.

“Hateful statements directed at another will be used as evidence in a hate crime,” he said.

Using a hypothetical example, Killian explained:

“Imagine if you and I were planning to vandalize a mosque and we conspired over Facebook. We set a time to meet at that mosque through Facebook chat. Those statements would be used as evidence in prosecuting a conspiracy to commit a hate crime. By no means are we prosecuting anyone in violation of the First Amendment.”

Despite this, many plan to protest, as Pamela Geller’s website Atlas Shrugs, is calling for a demonstration outside the Manchester-Coffee County Conference Center.

This isn’t fazing Killian, however.

“Our district has a 96 percent conviction rate,” Killian says, “and we’ve never had a conviction overturned for violation of First Amendment.”

The Global Dispatch covers it here;

Free Speech rally in Tennessee pushes back against DOJ threats to ‘anti-Muslim rhetoric’ on social media Global Dispatch, June 6, 2013

Reacting to reports that the US 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.”

Geller, who also co-founded Stop 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.

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.

The “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.

Killian, U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Tennessee will be joined by Kenneth Moore, special agent in charge of the FBI’s Knoxville Division, speaking at this event.

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. (emphasis added – BBJ, The Dispatch)

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Here is CAIR’s uselessly typical response to Obama’s support for their jihad against America. Lan astalem!

So, here is CAIR’s perverted interpretation of the meet in TN. Interesting, that if true Americans were to label Muslims in the way CAIR labels true Americans, CAIR would once again be whining about their so-called “civil rights” and demanding the Feds, their new best friends, step in and do something about. The fact is that the number of true Americans who showed up represent hundreds of millions of true Americans who cry out:

Lan astalem!

Why don’t we write papa Hooper and let him know our true feelings!

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CAIR Applauds Feds for Standing Up to Tenn. Anti-Muslim ‘Mob’

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 6/5/13) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today applauded federal officials who were heckled last night in Tennessee by an anti-Muslim “mob.”

At an event sponsored by the American Muslim Advisory Council, 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.

SEE: Muslim Group’s TN Forum with Feds Disrupted by Heckling (Video)

Despite interruptions, Killian’s presentation covered the First and 14th amendments and what constitutes a hate crime. One attendee told the Tennessean newspaper she was afraid of other audience members because of their bigoted actions.

Anti-Muslim slurs heard before or during the event included “Islam is evil.” The U.S. attorney was called a “traitor” and “serpent” for speaking out against hate crimes targeting Muslims. Other hecklers shouted “communist,” “socialist” and “Muslim” at the officials and promoted the manufactured claim that “sharia,” or Islamic principles, is being imposed in America.

TN: Anti-Muslim Crowd Lashes Out at U.S. Attorney

Video: Anti-Muslim Crowd Heckles Federal Officials in Tenn.

CAIR-St. Louis: Missouri Governor Vetoes Anti-Shariah Bill (RNS)

“We applaud the federal officials who, while defending First Amendment freedoms, stood up for the right of American Muslims to be free from bias-motivated attacks and intimidation,” said CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper. “The mob mentality demonstrated at last night’s event should be a wake-up call to all Americans who value religious tolerance.”

Hooper said last night’s hate protest was organized by Pamela Geller, regarded by many as the nation’s most notorious Islamophobe. She is head of the hate groups Stop Islamization of America (SIOA) and American Freedom Defense Initiative (AFDI).

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Heartland of America outraged – protest in Manchester, TN

Protest against DOJ attack on free speech

June 5, 2013
by Jerry Gordon

Our NER colleague Rebecca Bynum drove down yesterday evening from Nashville to speak at an AFDI protest rally with Robert Spencer and Pamela Geller outside the Manchester – Coffee County Conference Center. The protest rally was scheduled for 5:30 p.m. When she arrived at 5:00 p.m. 150 people were already present, some with posters that read, “Just say no! to Islam” and even a booth selling “Sharia for Non –Muslims”. By the time the program started at 6:30 p.m., the hall was filled to overflowing with an estimated 800 inside according to the local Police Chief. So the Fire Marshall ordered the hall closed.

There were an estimated 750 to 1,000 left outside milling around. The neighboring Holiday Inn parking lot was full with more vehicles arriving.

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There was both uniformed and plain clothes security inside and outside the hall. As relayed in comments from Bynum and others who were inside, the audience was outraged. They came to disrupt, the proceeding sponsored by the American Muslim Advisory Council of Tennessee (AMACTN). The program featured presentations by U.S. Attorney for Eastern Tennessee, Bill Killian, and Knoxville FBI Office Special Agent, Kenneth Moore, along with members of the AMACTN board and allies from the Tennessee Immigrants and Refugee Rights Coalition. Less than 12 Muslims attended last night event in Manchester.

While the audience was disruptive, Bynum told me they were prepared and knowledgeable about Islamic doctrine. One source told of military that came down from Fort Campbell, Kentucky especially to attend this event. Members of the contingent commented to one audience member, “We fought this in the sandbox against Sharia, and we came home to find that it is happening here and now.” Many in the audience were veterans and of a similar cast of mind.

US Attorney Killian and FBI Special Agent Moore told the audience that if you defame Islam and engage in hate speech towards Muslims that you will be prosecuted to the fullest. Killian gave a power point presentation on what constituted hate speech under US law. He read off a list of White Supremacist and extremist groups probably provided by the Southern Poverty Law Center as exemplars of who the government was on the lookout for. FBI Special Agent Moore told the audience they were endeavoring to protect Muslim children from hate. At one point he noted that after 9/11 the FBI even hired Muslims as translators to which someone in the audience cried out, “yeah, but you didn’t hire Jews!” Ms. Sabina Mohyuddin, the AMACTN organizer of this event actually told the booing crowd to “shut up and listen to me!” One audience member commented in an email “that was like throwing oil on the fire”.

The audience booed the documentary, “Welcome to Shelbyville” depicting the community reactions to and absorption problems of Somali Muslim workers at a nearby Tyson’s Poultry plant. The rest of the AMAC speakers were either inarticulate or drowned out. The audience basically shut down the program when it came to the controlled Q+A, as no open mike was permitted. That was when the audience began to bail in disgust that our government was assisting in promoting Muslim victim-hood in America.

Daring to enforce OIC blasphemy codes under the guise of prosecuting hate speech. Make no bones about it. The heartland of America was outraged last night in Manchester, Tennessee.

Watch this Nashville Channel 4 WSMV TV video of the protest at the AMACTN event in Manchester, TN.

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Here are the unedited comments made by Rebecca Bynum at the event:

The government wants you to believe Islam is a religion just like any other and thus deserving of First Amendment protection. But they fail to see that Islam is a complete system of life. Islam is a complete system of government which covers everything from issues of war and peace and treaty making to internal community relations. Islam is a complete system of jurisprudence, covering all issues of crime and punishment, and Islam is a complete system of social control even to the point of mandating death for those who dare to leave Islam or even those who dare to criticize it. So the question is: should the blanket protection for freedom of religion really be extended that far? 

NO! It cannot and it must not. Not if we are to remain a free country. 

We also hear a lot about radical Islam, militant Islam or extremist Islam and everyone assumes radical Muslims have a different set of beliefs or interpretations of doctrine from ordinary Muslims – that they read a different Qur’an perhaps, that they rely on different collection of hadiths, or that they dispute the official version of the life of Muhammad. They don’t. The belief system of the radicals is no different from the belief system of the moderates. 

If we fail to understand that, we will doom our children to terror without end. 

To put it frankly, Islam does not deserve the protection of the First Amendment because Islam is not a true religion and does not fit the category of religion. Islam is a hybrid political legal and social system. And furthermore, as a religion, Islam is immoral. 

We must end this madness and face the problem squarely. Stop all Muslim immigration and end all mosque building now. 

And if Mr. Killian and Mr. Moore want to put me in jail for voicing my opinion as a free woman then they best do it now. Because we will fight this case all the way to the Supreme Court. I promise you, we will fight.

Source: Watchdog Wire

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ISLAM IS HATE CRIME
FREE SPEECH VERSUS ISLAM HATE SPEECH
U.S. Justice Department’s Initiative to Criminalize Anti-Islam Hate Speech and the Challenge of Criminalizing Islam ItselfThe U.S. Department of Justice is waging a very serious challenge to Americans’ constitutional right to Free Speech by trying to criminalize the criticism of Islam utilizing the Civil Rights laws.Bill Killian, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Tennessee, was quoted by the Tullahoma News suggesting that some inflammatory material on Islam might run afoul of federal civil rights laws.”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 told the newspaper.

The Department of Justice did not respond Friday to a question about what guidelines it draws concerning offensive speech and Islam, or whether the department believes that civil rights statutes could be used to stifle criticism of Islam.

Freedom of speech, enshrined in the U.S. Constitution, guarantees one the right to express one’s views, ideas and thoughts without interruption with some restrictions on hate speech. In the American legal system, “Hate speech is defined as a communication that carries no meaning other than the expression of hatred for some group, especially in circumstances in which the communication is likely to provoke violence. It is an incitement to hatred primarily against a group of persons defined in terms of race, ethnicity, national origin, gender, religion, sexual orientation, and the like. Hate speech can be any form of expression regarded as offensive to racial, ethnic and religious groups and other discrete minorities or to women.

Hate speech, undesirable and even abhorrent as it is, is not necessarily a criminal act. When hate speech calls for violence, murder, terrorism, enslaving or torture of any individual or groups, it is criminal. So long a hate speech does not incite violence against anybody, it is permitted. It gives you the right even to demean, make fun of, and even speak racial slurs against any person or group as long as it does not provoke violence.

ISLAM IS CRIMINAL HATE SPEECH
If the U.S. Department of Justice really wants to criminalize hate speech, what should be first on queue on its urgent checklist is Islam than anything else, because Islam is Hate Speech par Excellence. Islam is a cesspool of unbounded hateful teachings contained in the Quran and Sunna of Prophet Muhammad. Those hateful teachings are hate speech incite utmost hatred and violence against non-Muslims as well as wayward Muslims, including murder, torture, terrorism, genocide as well as pillaging, plundering, rape and enslavement of innocent “kaffirs”, Muslim apostates, gays and kafir women and children. Even the Muslim daily prayers are a good example of hate speech.In each prayer, Muslims have to recite the following verse from the Quran that calls non-Muslims to have gone astray and incurred God’s wrath: “Guide us to the straight path, the path of those whom You have favored, Not of those who have incurred your wrath, nor of those who have gone astray” (Surah 1:6-7). In the worse Friday congregational prayer,  Muslims also have to recite Surah 62 (The Friday Congregation) and Surah 63 (The Hypocrites) that condemns polytheists being “in gross error“, and Jews compared to “a donkey laden with books”, Surah 63 condemns wayward Muslims as “hypocrites”, calling them enemies: “They are the enemy. Guard yourself against them.” Such hateful utterances, when taught as part of divine teachings of God including daily prayers, they can be explosive in engendering oppression and repression and even violence. Therefore, the daily Islamic prayers are the very essence of hate crime.Anti-Jewish Hatred of Islam: Here are a few verses of the Quran inciting hatred and violence against the Jews:
  • And you know well the story of those among you who broke Sabbath. We said to them: ‘Be apes—despised and hated by all.’Thus We made their end a warning to the people of their time and succeeding generation, and an admonition for God—fearing people. (Sura 2:65-66)
  • “God has cursed the Jews, transforming them into apes and swine and those who serve the devil.” (Sura 5:60)
  • So when they exceeded the limits of what they were prohibited, We said to them: “Be you monkeys, despised and rejected.” (Sura 7:166)
Anti-Christian Hatred of Islam: Islamic God also incite hatred, even violence, against Christians in His verses in the Quran, demanding their subjugation or murder. For example:
  • “Fight those who do not believe in Allah, nor in the latter day, nor do they prohibit what Allah and His Apostle have prohibited, nor follow the religion of truth, out of those who have been given the Book (i.e. Jews and Christians), until they pay the tax in acknowledgment of superiority and they are in a state of subjection.” (Sura 9:29)
Anti-Polytheist Hatred of Islam: Islam’s worst incitement of hatred—indeed violence and genocide—are reserved against the Polytheists or Idolaters, such as the Hindus and Buddhists. For example,
  • “Then, when the sacred months have passed, slay the idolaters wherever ye find them, and take them (captive), and besiege them, and prepare for them each ambush. But if they repent and establish worship and pay the poor-due [i.e. become Muslim], then leave their way free. Lo! Allah is Forgiving, Merciful.” (Sura 9:5)
Anti-Gay Hatred of Islam: One may not like Gays but he/she has no right to unleash against them because of their being homosexual. But Islam calls for murder of homosexuals. For example:
  • ‘If you find anyone doing as Lot’s people did, kill the one who does it, and the one to whom it is done’. (Abu Dawud 444)
  • “If two men among you are guilty of lewdness, punish them both. If they repent and amend, Leave them alone.” (Qur’an 4:16)
  • “If any of your women are guilty of lewdness, Take the evidence of four (Reliable) witnesses from amongst you against them; and if they testify, confine them to houses until death do claim them, or Allah ordain for them some (other) way.” (Quran 4:15)

While the Prophet of Islam ordered for outright execution of homosexuals, the Quran too commands for the murder with the provision of male homosexuals only (4:16) to escape it with repent.
Hitler, using his hate manual, namely Mein Kampf, was able to inspire his countrymen to take on the mission of exterminating the Jewish people, which led to murder of 6 million Jews during the Second World War. But the Mein Kampf no where says anything as hateful and violence-inciting as verse 9:5, calling for extermination of the Polytheists. When those utterances come as divine teachings of God, the potency of such teachings in inciting violence and mass-murder is hardly difficult to conceive.

In summary, sacred Islamic scriptures are filled with exhortations calling for attacking, enslaving, murdering and even genocide of non-Muslims in an open-ended manner until all peoples of the world become Muslim. Nothing can be greater hate and incitement to violence than such ‘divine’ teachings. Today, nothing in this world deserve condemnation as hate crimes as does Islam—the creed of hate speech par excellence. If the U.S. Department of Justice is really serious about criminalizing hate speech, the first and the biggest task it has in its hand is to criminalize Islam, particularly its sacred scriptures, the Quran and Ahadith.


Jake Neuman is the author of “Islam and Sharia Law Are Treason: Jihad Is Treason” and “Prophet Muhammad (AKA ALLAH): Monster of History.”

Source: The Tennessee Freedom Coalition

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More CAIR propaganda.

Middle Tennessee Muslims Vow To Keep Talking After Shout-Down In Manchester

Sabina Mohyuddin is a spokesperson for the American Muslim Advisory Council of Tennessee and made a presentation at Tuesday's meeting in Manchester. Credit: TinShipProd

Sabina Mohyuddin is a spokesperson for the American Muslim Advisory Council of Tennessee and made a presentation at Tuesday’s meeting in Manchester. Credit: TinShipProd

After being jeered by hundreds of conservative activists this week, Middle Tennessee Muslims say they will keep up their outreach efforts in Coffee County.

“The comments, the rhetoric, the yells, we’ve heard all of those,” says Remziya Suleyman of the American Center for Outreach*. “If it was to scare us off, if it was to push us away in anyway, it actually did the opposite for me.”

The meeting that has now attracted national attention to Muslim relations in Manchester was organized by the U.S. Attorney’s office, which intended to discuss what constitutes a hate crime.

The presentation – at times – turned into a shouting match.

“Go home,” one person yelled at U.S. Attorney Bill Killian. “Serpent.”

Killian has been keeping an eye on Coffee County in recent months after a Facebook post by an elected official went viral. A man is looking down the sights of a shotgun with the caption “how to wink at a Muslim.” Killian didn’t mention the episode specifically but told the overflowing meeting room that someone doesn’t actually have to follow through for it to be a hate crime.

“If someone makes threats of violence, that is not protected speech, and they will be prosecuted,” he said over a chorus of booing.

Killian did not delineate, however, when a threat becomes a crime.

The crowd cheered when Muslim advocate Sabina Mohyuddin brought up a case that was prosecuted as a hate crime. Three men were convicted under federal statutes.

“Shame on you,” she said to the taunts.

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Ibrahim Hooper with the Council on American-Islamic Relations says the mood felt a bit like people should be carrying “pitchforks and torches.”

“Whenever you have hate crimes being applauded by an audience, you’ve got to wonder what’s happening there,” he says.

But Coffee County Mayor David Pennington rejects that image of his residents.

“We’re not just a bunch of old country hicks out here, sitting on the roadside whittling,” he says.

The people doing most of the shouting were from out of town, Pennington contends.

And indeed, celebrity activists from around the country were stirring up the crowd with bullhorns. Pennington says the vitriol from the locals was mostly directed at the prosecutor.

“I think a lot of people were offended that the U.S. Attorney was coming down here to give us a lecture,” he says.

Several activists in attendance say they feel Islam enjoys special protections from the federal government not shown to Christianity. But there are some who say the tactics from Tuesday were unhelpful.

“We were rude,” says conservative organizer Lee Douglas of Brentwood, who was in the room. He adds that the behavior may have hurt the cause.

*The original story misidentified Suleyman’s affiliation.

Source: Nashville Public Radio

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Oh, poor Muslims. Hate supposedly has come to Manchester. Actually, ever since Islam came to Manchester hate has existed in Coffee County.

Hate Comes to Manchester, Tennessee

*This guest column is an exclusive first-hand account by one of the Muslim attendees/organizers of the “Public Discourse in a Diverse Society” forum, that was disrupted by anti-Islam hate groups in Manchester, TN.  Although this incident was widely reported on in various media, many outlets left out the depth of hate that was on display Tuesday evening.

Hate Comes to Manchester, Tennessee

by Drost Kokoye

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In recent years, there has been an alarming surge in anti-Islam hate group activity in Tennessee, especially in areas such as Rutherford and Coffee Counties.  This virulent hate was fully on display Tuesday night at the “Public Discourse in a Diverse Society” forum in Manchester.

Since 2010, our community has seen a concerted effort being made to demonize the religion of Islam and its adherents, with hate groups from all over the nation using our state as a staging ground for spewing negative propaganda.  This includes the effort to block the construction of the Murfreesboro Mosque, to the faux-outrage created when an elected official mistook a mop-sink in the state legislature for a “Muslim foot-bath.” Legislators who have fallen under the influence of these groups introduced an “anti-Sharia bill,” which would have made the practice of Islam punishable by up to 20 years in prison.  Additionally, we have seen a normalization of increasingly violent rhetoric – such as a Facebook posting by Coffee County Commissioner Barry West, depicting a gun being pointed at Muslims.

Commissioner West’s posting “How to Wink at a Muslim” garnered national attention, due to the overt call to violence against a specific minority group.  Local Muslim groups such as the American Muslim Advisory Council (AMAC) and the American Center for Outreach (ACO) immediately asked West to issue an apology, due to the aggressive nature of the post in addition to Mr. West being a public official.  As this story went viral on social media, many key players in the Islamophobia industry latched themselves to the story, criticizing AMAC and ACO for demanding an apology.  Much to the chagrin of the anti-Islam groups, Mr. West issued an apology for his irresponsible post the next day.

Tuesday evening, the American Muslim Advisory Council hosted about “Public Disclosure in a Diverse Society” in Manchester, TN, as an open forum to discuss the dangerous effects of the rhetoric that was espoused by Mr. West in his post.  Those within well-funded Islamophobia Industry – such as Pamela Geller and Robert Spencer from the American Freedom Defense Initiative (AFDI) saw this as an ideal opportunity to fan the flames of hate in our back yard.  And while their so-called protest was done so under the guise of “defending free speech,” the reality is that the public is unaware of the nefarious affiliations of such groups.

Geller and Spencer and their organizations are listed by the Southern Poverty Law Center as “hate group leaders.”  They hold close affiliations with the English Defense League – a Neo-Nazi affiliated group that has employed violent tactics against the Muslim community in the UK.  Both Geller and Spencer were cited extensively (174 times between the two) in mass-murderer Anders Behring Breivik’s manifesto, which was written shortly before he murdered over 80 people in Norway.  To put it plainly, these individuals recognized widely as being extremists – therefore it is highly concerning that so many citizens of Tennessee have bought into their overt message of hate and bigotry.

Groups like the TN Eagle Forum and ACT for America (also listed as nativist and hate groups, respectively) called for thousands of their followers to come to this public forum to “stand up for their first amendment rights” that they claimed AMAC is trying to limit. These groups turned out people from all over Tennessee. Personally, I spoke with folks from Bristol, Sparta, Murfreesboro, Smyrna, and Tullahoma. They showed up in front of the Manchester Coffee County Conference Center hours before the forum. Geller and Spencer joined in around 5:30pm, ensuring the crowd was primed and riled up – including rhetoric that alluded to justifying violence.

After the outdoor protest, waves of people flooded the hall at 6:20pm.  All the seats were taken with in the first five minutes so people started to post up along the walls, near the doors, outside the doors, in the lobby, and all the way out to the entrance of the building.

The AMAC program had yet to begin, when Eagle Forum members (who also brought their own American flag) took it upon themselves to stand up and recite the “Pledge of Allegiance.”  Everyone else in the room, Eagle Forum member or not, joined them, for one of the most aggressive recitations of the Pledge that I’ve ever heard, followed by a long and loud applause.

At 6:30 pm, Zak Mohyuddin, an AMAC Board Member and long time resident of Coffee County, began the forum with an introduction to who and what AMAC is.

Before he could even get a sentence out, he was interrupted by a comment from the audience, “speak English!”

The panel continued as follows:

Zulfat Suara – AMAC Board Chair

Dorothy Zwayyed – AMAC East Tennessee Coordinator

Sabina Mohyuddin – AMAC Board Member and long time Coffee County resident

Bill Killian – U.S. Attorney DOJ Eastern District of Tennessee

Kenneth L. Moore – special agent in charge of the FBI’s Knoxville Division

Throughout the program, the speakers were plagued with interruptions, jeers and epithets being lobbed at them. Whenever examples of cooperation between the American Muslim community and law enforcement were highlighted, the crowd would yell, “Infiltrators,” Terrorists,” and “go home! 

As a representative of the Muslim community who was participating in the forum, the words of hate that I heard spoken on this day are something that I will not forget for a long time.

As I stood up to gather index cards for the Q&A session, a man from the crowd said, “Watch out, she might blow up!”  – Which was met by rousing laughter, rather than disgust.

As one of the Muslim speakers from the event finished, another individual exclaimed “FINALLY!  Can we burn her at the stake now?” – which was also met by laughter and cheers.

When bullying and discrimination that kids face in schools was brought up, one woman yelled, “Leave our children out of this. They hate you.”

Finally, during a portion of the presentation – a picture of a mosque, which had been destroyed by arson, was shown.  Rather than responding with compassion, the hateful attendees responded with applause and cheers.

Although the goal of the forum was to foster dialog and positive engagement – it is clear that Geller, Spencer and the hate groups came to cause divisiveness and hate.  It is saddening that some Tennesseans have succumbed to this temptation, as it brings back dark memories from our nation’s past.  On a positive note, many in attendees from the community greeted us with goodwill and assured us that the haters do not represent them or the majority of people out there.  Though a small gesture, this helped end an otherwise tense night on a positive note.  As we move forward from this eye-opening evening – the hope is that Tennesseans will take the lead in denouncing and marginalizing these fringe groups, while fostering an environment of positivity and inclusion.

Drost Kokoye is a recent graduate from Middle Tennessee State University with a liberal arts degree in Political Science. She is currently the Multicultural Organizer with the Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition where she organizes the immigrant and refugee communities in Middle Tennessee to learn to defend their rights. Drost is a board member with the American Muslim Advisory Council, where she works to further communication lines between the Muslim community and law enforcement agencies. She is also extensively involved with efforts to encourage leadership of Muslim youth with the Muslim Youth Network of Tennessee.

Source: Stop Islamophobia Now

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So, the meeting was hijacked! How? It was an open meeting and so again, Muslims are whining because more patriots showed up to voice their opposition to Islam and their blasphemy laws than Muslims did to support them. Actually, what about all the nations which Islam hijacked? Muslims never speak about that!

Muslim group says Coffee County meeting was ‘hijacked’

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Middle Tennessee got socked by outside instigators who “hijacked” a public meeting last week, turning what was meant to be a step toward harmony into something more akin to a KKK rally, according to a member of the Muslim panel that sponsored the event.

U.S. Attorney Bill Killian and representatives of the American Muslim Advisory Council faced a barrage of hostile comments Tuesday in Manchester, Tenn. Dorothy Zwayyed, East Tennessee coordinator for AMAC, said they were mostly out-of-towners who derailed an assembly of fellowship and learning.

Coffee County lies in mostly white Middle Tennessee where local communities have seen a significant influx of immigrants in recent years. The foreign-born population around Nashville jumped 83.1 percent, from 58,539 to 107,184. That growth represents the fourth-largest percentage increase in the United States from 2000 to 2008, according to the Washington-based Brookings Institution.

Zwayyed, a 50-year-old Muslim and Newnan, Ga., native, said she’s seen the hatred her teenage son witnessed last week before — at the KKK rallies of her youth in Middle Georgia.

Zwayyed and County Mayor David Pennington agree Coffee County might have gotten an undeserved black eye because of hecklers and protesters they said were not local people attending the event dubbed, “Public Disclosure in a Diverse Society.”

“There was a whole lot of out-of-town cars there,” Pennington said. “I think a lot of that heckling was from out-of-town people that came in to push the meeting that way.”

Indeed, political activists Pamela Geller and Robert Spencer, both known for their anti-Islamic stances and neither of whom are from Tennessee, spoke to people outside during a “pre-rally,” and a number of other people identified themselves as coming from as far away as Texas, Florida, South Georgia and Virginia.

In a blog last week about the event, Spencer called reports in The Tennessean from attendees who said they were afraid “preposterous.”

“People were there because they know that truthful and accurate exploration of Islam’s violent teachings has been deemed ‘inflammatory’ by both Muslim groups and the Obama regime — and that leaves us unable to examine the motives and goals of jihad terrorists, or to defend ourselves adequately against them,” Spencer wrote in his blog. “That’s why everyone was so upset with Killian and [FBI Special Agent Kenneth L.] Moore, but they were either oblivious to that fact or intent on ignoring it.”

Many of those who traveled long distances to the event feel they are fighting a war on American soil.

Pam Liner, an occasional blogger who traveled from Morven, Ga., said her feelings and fears surrounding Islam stem from her experience being married to an Muslim Iranian man, who she says took away her daughter when the girl was 9.

“Islam allows for that,” she said.

Liner said people don’t understand how Islam’s followers interpret the religion and the dangers posed to the United States. But she maintains her problem is with the religion.

“I don’t hate Muslim people. I hate Islam,” Liner said.

Killian initially described the event sponsored by the American Muslim Advisory Council as a community forum intended as “an education effort to inform the community about civil rights laws as they play into the exercise of religious freedom.”

“Our purpose is to simply facilitate discussion toward a greater goal of tolerance, understanding and peaceful community relations, as well as to inform the public about what federal laws are in effect and what the consequences are for violating them, including what speech is protected and what speech could be considered a threat under the law,” Killian said.

At the meeting, the federal prosecutor said that increasing hate crime convictions since 2010 illustrate the problem is on the rise and presses officials for more stringent enforcement. Those problems are the reason behind the need “to change hearts and minds,” he said.

Killian was shouted down as he closed his speech with a quote from Attorney General Eric Holder: “This work begins by meeting fear with reason, by meeting ignorance with information and by meeting suspicious gazes with an outstretched hand.”

Killian has since remained mum on the event.

Sharry Dedman-Beard, spokeswoman for Killian’s office, said in an email Thursday that Killian “is not issuing any further comments on the event at this time.”

She pointed to a copy of Killian’s published remarks at http://www.justice.gov/usao/tne/news/2013/June/ 060513%20Remarks%20by%20U.S.%20Attorney%20Killian.html.

Reflecting on Tuesday’s event, Pennington said he thought Coffee County residents are most concerned over what they take to be a federal government that no longer cares about them.

“This community, as a community, they don’t hate or dislike Muslims,” Pennington said. “As American Christians, though, they feel like that nobody is speaking up for them.”

Zwayyed, who identified herself as a Republican, said a discussion over Muslim-Christian relations in Coffee County was launched by a Facebook post by Coffee County Commissioner Barry West. He had posted a photograph of a man squinting down the sights of a double-barreled shotgun pointing at the camera, captioned “How to wink at a Muslim.”

But that’s not the reason for the meeting, Zwayyed said. That matter was settled between West and Tullahoma Muslim Zak Mohyuddin in a face-to-face meeting several weeks ago.

But she said many of the remarks at the meeting were born out of hate.

“I’ve told my children about it and they’ve never experienced it. My son experienced it for the first time in his life,” she said. “He was really in tears because he had never seen hate like this before.

“I felt like I was at a KKK rally, like an old-time KKK rally,” she said. “I was very scared.”

Zwayyed stressed that she didn’t think the most hateful comments were coming from Coffee Countians, some of whom she said made a point of distancing themselves from some of the protesters.

“I feel like what happened in Coffee County, made the Coffee County residents realize what is happening to us,” she said.

Pennington said federal officials involvement with the meeting might have made any existing problems worse.

“I think we already had them worked out until this meeting,” he said.

But there’s reason to hope tensions will be eased, “if people don’t keep stirring the pot,” Pennington said.

There’s no instant remedy for the local community, he said.

“It’s pretty simple. It’s going to take time,” he said.

Contact staff writer Ben Benton at bbenton@times freepress.com or 423-757-6569. Subscribe on Facebook at facebook.com/ben.benton1 and follow on twitter.com/BenBenton on Twitter.

Source: Times Free Press

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Another Muslim who clearly does not understand the concept of freedom of speech while at the same time she accuses American patriots of the very same thing. For a Muslim freedom of speech is freedom from blasphemy of their so-called prophet and jahiliyyah idol Allah.

Freedom of speech under attack by Islamophobes in Tennessee

by Sheila Musaji
I’ve noted before that Pamela Geller Does Not Understand Freedom of Speech when she found fault with American Muslims and others for denouncing her hate ads.  This she called an attempt to “impose blasphemy restrictions on free speech”.  She does not understand that   Freedom of speech does not include freedom from condemnation of that speech.  She showed this same lack of understanding of freedom of speech when Al Jazeera came to the U.S.  In that case Pamela Geller Defended Free Speech By Calling for Censorship.  When a number of students at UC Irvine disrupted Israeli Ambassador Michael Oren’s talk, The Irvine 11: Freedom of Speech and Double Standards – 11 of those students were arrested and stood trial and the MSU on campus was censured for coordinating the protest.  Pamela Geller called the MSA suspension for disrupting the ambassador’s talk “a giant stop sign to the Islamic supremacism and jackbootery increasingly found on college campuses. America is waking up to the enemy in our midst.”

Geller and her partner Robert Spencer actively promoted the recent protest in Tennessee.  In fact, Geller posted on Twitter  “Thousands gather at AFDI free speech demo in Tennessee”.  This means she is taking responsibility for this shameful display of bigotry.  Unless she believes that the organizers and participants in this protest should be censured or arrested just as those who disrupted Ambassader Oren’s talk were, then she is truly hypocritical when it comes to freedom of speech.  This protest was an egregious example of selective freedom of speech.

The background:  Last month, Coffee County, Tennessee commissioner Barry West posted a photo on Facebook of a man squinting down the barrel of a gun, with a caption reading, “How to wink at a Muslim.”  The Muslim community in Tennessee and across the nation was outraged, and many were frightened by the implications of the photo and caption, especially coming from an elected official.  The photo below is a capture of the Facebook page by the Mail Online.  There is no way to see this as anything but threatening.

As Elizabeth Plank noted in an article on this incident:

An endorsement of Islamophobia by an elected official can only make matters worse for a state that is the home of a frightening amount of anti-Muslim violence. “We know that these lead to discrimination and hate crimes in the Muslim community, and we are very wary of that,” said Sabina Mohyuddin. “I am a second-generation American. My children are third generation. We don’t see ourselves as anything but American,” she continued.

Daniel Tutt, an Episcopalian interfaith activist and a research fellow at the nonprofit Institute for Social Policy and Understanding in Washington, told USA Today that the best thing Barry West can do is publicly apologize and privately meet with Muslim families living in Coffee Country. “The initial reaction from Muslims will be, ‘This is unfortunate, but we’ve seen a lot of this.’ But it’s not acceptable. If the same thing were done to the Jewish or African-American communities, it would not be tolerated.” …

West ultimately issued a half-hearted apology after first denying that there was an issue and claiming it was only a joke. Look at this photograph and caption, and simply scroll through the article collection below containing many references to previous incidents in Tennessee, and consider whether or not a community that has seen so much hate directed towards it would see this as a joke.  In fact, simply change the wording and replace the word “Muslim” with a word descriptive of another community and see what your reaction would be.


The American Muslim Advisory Council decided to host a meeting to allow local Muslims to share with their neighbors about who the Muslim community is, and to talk about American Muslims and public discourse, and they invited a representative of the DOJ and the FBI to attend and talk about what’s considered free speech and what’s illegal hate speech, and where the line is where speech can be prosecuted.    The situation in Tennessee was that there was a lot of tension between the Muslim community and their neighbors.  There had been a series of anti-Muslim incidents, and an elected official had posted something that the Muslim community believed to have crossed the line between protected speech and hate speech.  This is exactly the sort of situation that the DOJ’s community outreach program is designed to address.  Bill Killian, U.S., Attorney of the Eastern District of Tennessee was to speak about the Constitution, the first and fourteenth amendments, and to clarify what constitutes hate speech, and what are the existing legal consequences.

A meeting was arranged and publicized and the Islamophobia network freaked out.  They made a number of ludicrous claims and totally misrepresented the meeting.

An article by Janet Levy titled The Not-So-Veiled Threat to Non-Muslims in Tennessee contains most of the misrepresentations that were repeated endlessly by the Islamophobia echo chamber.

Levy opened by saying that “Claims that American Muslims are loyal citizens, partners in counterterrorism investigations, part of radicalization prevention efforts, and an integral part of American society for centuries fell flat, especially coming from the host organization that was formed only two years ago in response to anti-shariah legislation in the Volunteer State.  A well-informed crowd responded with calls of “taqiyyah” when members of AMAC, a group that bills itself as “a bridge between the Muslim community and law enforcement,” touted Muslim contributions to U.S. society and their dedication to upholding American values. (Taqiyyah doctrine obligates Muslims to deceive infidels as part the required effort or jihad to institute Islamic doctrine or shariah). In actuality, Muslim organizations have specifically instructed Muslims not to cooperate with law enforcement and have demanded that all counterterrorism-training materials be expunged of critical references to Islam and Muslims, as well the training instructors fired or retrained who fail to follow along.”

So, according to Levy, we are to understand that well informed people know that if American Muslims claim to be loyal citizens and an integral part of American society – they are lying (practicing taqiyya) and required to lie by their evil religion.

From there she goes on to make false claims about Muslims being forbidden to befriend non-Muslims, being required to wage jihad to establish a global Islamic government under Sharia, having aspirations to replace the Constitution with shariah, etc.  She also claims that no other group in the United States has been the focus of such a degree of attention and outreach, no outreach to Jews or other communities, the DOJ and FBI have not scheduled meetings addressing the concerns of any other group but Muslims.

This is the usual ploy of the Islamophobes.  No matter what the particular issue at hand, rather than dealing with facts, they throw in every negative aspersion they can to demonize the religion of Islam, and Muslims in general.  It is exhausting to have to constantly respond not only to the particular issue at hand, but to all the bigoted claims added on to prove to their audience that Muslims are somehow unique and dangerous.  All of the claims that Levy makes in her despicable tirade have been previously addressed.  Here are responses to specific charges made by Levy in this article:

Qur’an 5:51 Can Muslims Have Non-Muslims as Friends? – The Concept of Wilaya in the Qur’an; — How mainstream Muslims understand the term “jihad”;— Islamic Sharia and Jewish Halakha Arbitration Courts;— The Return of the Caliphate?;— The Taqiyya Libel Against Muslims;— American Muslims must defend the Constitution of the United States;— Muslims are a part of our American heritage;— Historic events and people that shaped the American Muslim community;— Does CAIR tell Muslims not to talk to the FBI?; The False Claim that Muslims have no programs to counter radicalization;— A defense of free speech by American and Canadian Muslims;— Where is the U.S. Government Getting It’s Information on Islam and Muslims? (training scandals);— FCNA Resolution: On Being Faithful Muslims and Loyal AmericansThe big lie about Muslim exceptionalism;— The Islamophobic Attempt to Marginalize American Muslim Civic Participation.

As to all the other constantly repeated claims about Islam and Muslims, the meaning of terms, interpretation of scripture, etc. please see Resources for dealing with Islamophobia and Islamophobes for responses to these and numerous other claims.

Actually, having representatives of the DOJ, FBI, or other government agencies speak to minority groups about issues of particular concern to various groups, and about civil rights and constitutional issues is not at all unusual.  Just last month, Attorney General Eric Holder of the DOJ spoke at the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) Centennial Summit.  In his speech he discussed the history of the fight against anti-Semitism, against discrimination, and for civil rights.  The fact that such work remains unfinished, and that challenges and threats still lie before us.  “And the path to ensuring equality, opportunity, and justice for all – regardless of race, religion, sexual orientation, ethnicity, or walk of life – still stretches beyond the horizon.”

In fact, a statement Mr. Holder made to the Jewish Anti-Defamation League (ADL) applies equally to this meeting in Tennessee (just replace Jewish community with Muslim community):

That’s why gatherings like this one are so critical. By fostering constructive dialogue, by standing firm against discrimination, by monitoring hateful activities, by studying the roots of extremism, by defending the security of Jewish populations around the globe, and by educating policymakers, law enforcement leaders, and members of the public – ADL is proving every day that the changes we seek are possible. You’re showing that the results our citizens deserve are not beyond our reach. And you’re strengthening the ability of our nation’s Justice Department to advance these vital efforts.

More than three decades ago, ADL stepped to the forefront of this work – pioneering a model hate crime law that has since inspired similar statutes in 45 states and the District of Columbia. Across the country, you’ve helped guide the implementation and enforcement of these and corresponding federal laws – including right here in Washington.

During the 1990s – when I served as United States Attorney for the District of Columbia – I worked closely with David Friedman to create a Hate Crimes Working Group to build engagement between community leaders, prosecutors, law enforcement officials, and the D.C. residents they were sworn to serve. Under my predecessor, Attorney General Janet Reno, this approach was widely replicated across the country. And, on an even larger scale, ADL’s efforts to support and educate law enforcement with innovative training programs – in partnership with the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum – have helped to reinforce the values of tolerance and respect for our nation’s diverse population.

To date, more than 80,000 law enforcement officials – including all new FBI agents – have taken part in this training. At every level of today’s Justice Department, my colleagues and I have been proud to work with ADL in broadening the impact of your efforts. We’ve partnered with you to develop cutting-edge resources like the FBI’s new Hate Crime Training Manual. And we’ve been fortunate to stand together in calling for the passage of important legislative tools, including the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act that has enabled us to take these comprehensive efforts to new heights.

…  We can all be proud of the Justice Department’s comprehensive civil rights enforcement efforts – and our ongoing work to bring about long-overdue reforms. We can be encouraged by the results of our close collaboration with ADL – in building new safeguards for vulnerable populations and securing needed changes to help guard against bigotry. Together, we’re upholding the values that have defined this organization over the past century, and the principles that lie at the heart of our justice system.

…  We must also continue to move forward in preserving our democratic ideals and ensuring fair treatment for all – even, and especially, in moments of great difficulty.

…  In July of last year, the Department filed suit against a Tennessee county for discriminating against local Muslims by refusing to allow a new mosque to open. ADL wrote and filed a brief to aid in this case, on behalf of a broad interfaith coalition. The congregation encountered vandalism, threats of violence, and steep public opposition. But the Department obtained a court order requiring county authorities to stand aside and honor First Amendment rights – and the congregation was permitted to worship in their new facility.

This action, and many others like it, prove the Department’s determination to safeguard the core Constitutional protections that stand at the center of who we are as a nation – and that have always empowered the ADL to bridge divides and promote cooperation over conflict. As Americans, we must not allow any group to be stigmatized or alienated. We must not tolerate acts of hatred. And we must reaffirm every day – through our actions as well as our approach – that justice and public safety are not in tension. They rely upon one another.  …

This meeting in Tennessee was exactly the same sort of effort against Islamophobia as previous and continuing efforts against anti-Semitism, homophobia, racism, and other forms of bigotry.

Here are just a few examples of such community meetings and presentations by U.S. Attorneys and other DOJ officials to many different minority communities:

— In Ohio “the office hosts meetings open to the broader community to discuss a wide range of topics. In the past year alone, the U.S. Attorney has spoken to community groups about hate crimes, hosted meetings focused on ways to reduce bullying in schools and convened a meeting a local mosque to hear concerns to security restrictions at airports and border crossings, to name a few.  The U.S. Attorney’s Office and the FBI convene quarterly meetings with community leaders, interested stakeholders and members of Northern Ohio’s minority communities. The office has partnered with The Diversity Center of Northeast Ohio and holds the meeting in important locations in the community, from a Sikh gurdwara to a center of Cleveland’s Vietnamese community. By sharing our collective experiences and stories, we hope to continue to creat understanding and respect between all our various cultures.”  ***
— In California “Scams targeting seniors and the elderly are on the rise in the Internet Age and consumer protection experts advise that education is the most important element of a successful fraud prevention program. With that goal in mind, on November 13, 2012, the Central District of California teamed up with Bet Tzedek Legal Services of Los Angeles to produce a short program to educate local seniors on scams and how to avoid being victimized by fraud. U.S. Attorney André Birotte Jr., Sandy Samuels of Bet Tzedek and Debbie Deem of the L.A. Regional Office of the FBI led an interactive presentation for seniors.  The U.S. Attorney’s Office participated in a community meeting in conjunction with the “Stand UP and Speak Out Against Bullying” Campaign.  Hosted by the Los Angeles Police Department’s West Valley Division, the Reseda Neighborhood Council and the Reseda Magnet School, the meeting at Reseda H.S. brought together more than 200 students, parents, teachers and other interested parties. ***
— In Alabama, A meeting in Birmingham, Alabama between FBI officials and representatives of the U.S. Department of Justice and the Birmingham-area les­bian, gay, bisexual and transgender organizations.
—- In D.C. U.S. Attorneys, and Police addressed a neighborhood meeting of the Georgetown-Burleith Advisory Neighborhood Commission to discuss urban crime and violence ***.  The D.C. U.S. Attorney’s Office staff attend approximately sixty community meetings and events a month. These meetings are held by civic associations, local government, and the Metropolitan Police Department. During these meetings, in an effort to improve transparency in the criminal justice system, community prosecutors educate the community about our Office including giving insight on our bond determinations, charging decisions, and sentencing allocutions. We also educate the community about the inter-workings of the criminal justice system. In an effort to formalize this educational component, we have piloted a new program called “Witness for the Prosecution” Over a period of several sessions, this program educates the community about the criminal justice and our Office’s role in the criminal justice system. In the coming year, we should look towards expanding this program to marginalized communities, such as the Muslim, Ethiopian, Hispanic and Gay, Lesbian and Transgendered communities. Moreover, during these community meetings we receive various nuisance abatement complaints. In an effort to address and document these complaints, we have drafted a Nuisance Abatement form which standardized how we receive complaints and disseminate these complaints to the appropriate agency.  ***  On October 3, 2012, the Civil Rights Division and the Community Relations Service (CRS) of the Department of Justice hosted a Roundtable on Religion-Based Hate Crimes at the Robert F. Kennedy Main Justice Building Conference Center. Representatives from 22 religious and interfaith organizations representing a broad array of religious communities participated in a discussion about data collection and reporting relating to religion-based attacks on individuals and places of worship, and the adequacy of current categories in the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reports.  Diverse religious groups presented anecdotal and survey evidence about hate crimes against Sikhs and Hindus, as well as against Arab Americans, and recommended that these be added as categories in the Uniform Crime Reports to help better understand religious and ethnicity-based hate crimes. Changes to the FBI Uniform Crime Reports are considered by the Criminal Justice Information Services Advisory Policy Board, a board made up of federal, state, local, and tribal law enforcement officials and subject matter experts. The Board then makes recommendations to the FBI Director. ***
— In Arizona, the Southern Arizona Hate Task Force met with elected officials, the acting U.S. Attorney and members of the FBI in forums designed to inform the public about how they can report allegations of police misconduct, about the elements of a hate crime, and what to do if they have been a victim of a hate crime. They’ve even launched a website designed to provide community members with factual information about hate crimes and links to important local resources.  ***  U.S. Attorney Burke’s civil rights focus has been instrumental in addressing community conflict by recognizing that some communities, particularly those of color, race, gender, sexual orientation, and gender identity, are at higher risk of discrimination and the possible threat of violence. The office has held community civil rights forums to ensure that people are aware of their civil rights and know whom to contact if they or someone they know is a victim of a hate crime. U.S. Attorney’s Office personnel have also reached out to local law enforcement and provided training on the Matthew Shepard/James Byrd Hate Crimes Prevention Act, forging partnerships that have facilitated better communication among state, local, and federal agencies.  Through the efforts of its Civil Rights Unit and Community Outreach component, the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Arizona has held community forums with Latino and African American communities to address issues of immigration and police misconduct. The office has also conducted community forums that target faith-based groups, including interfaith groups, boards of Rabbis, and outreach to Arizona’s Islamic centers. The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Arizona also regularly holds forums with sexuality and gender identity-based communities to build trusting relationships with law enforcement.  ***
— In Minnesota, in the aftermath of the burning of an Amish barn, CRS worked with Amish leaders and local police to develop an agenda for a town hall style meeting. The town hall meeting provided non-Amish community members with an understanding of the history and background on the Amish way of life in an effort to prevent future misunderstandings, biased-based incidents, and hate crimes. ***
— In Connecticut, Civil rights outreach by US Attorneys of the DOJ included:  Visits to two New Haven schools in celebration and recognition of Black History Month. Our presentations to students at Micro Society Magnet School and Hill Central Music Academy began with a discussion of prominent African Americans in recent history and important moments in the Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s and 1960s. We then engaged the students in a discussion about hate crimes by using the example of a civil rights prosecution handled by this office, asking the students “What would you do?” and “How would you feel?” if you were a victim of or witness to the offensive conduct. We finished with a vibrant discussion about bullying and its consequences. They joined with the FBI’s Atlanta Division to host the nation’s first community conference to discuss implementing and enforcing the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act. We recognized that members of the community, and particularly those citizens who the new law is primarily designed to protect, may not be knowledgeable about the changes in the law. Moreover, we believed that state and local officers, who are the first responders to incidents that might qualify as hate crimes, needed training not only on the changes to the statute, but also on enhancing their community outreach efforts so that victims are empowered to report violations. Consequently, we convened members of community groups along with hundreds of officers and agents from local, state and federal law enforcement organizations for a day-long event at Georgia State University in Atlanta. Through speakers and panel discussions, participants shared important information about investigating, prosecuting and preventing hate crimes, while also encouraging communications and building trust between law enforcement and these community groups. ***

This meeting, unlike the hundreds of other meetings across the country with various minority groups, did not go smoothly, and was overwhelmed by the followers of Pamela Geller and Robert Spencer who had posted appeals to meet in Tennessee for a protest against what they termed an attempt to take away their right to freedom of speech and “impose Sharia blasphemy laws” in the U.S.

Here is what then took place:

Nashville Scene posted the entire 1 hour and 39 minute VIDEO of the event.  I would suggest that before anyone takes any of the claims made by the Islamophobes seriously, they watch the entire video, not selected and edited clips.

Charles Johnson reported Pamela Geller at Tennessee Anti-Muslim Protest: “Without Freedom of Speech We Must Resort to Violence”.  He includes a video that Geller posted of her speech to the crowd outside the meeting and he notes that “Geller even hints around about using violence against Muslims, starting at about 4:50 into the video.  Geller says:  There are no Jews, they’re all leaving Norway. They’re fleeing France, they’re fleeing the UK. Christians can’t wear a cross in the UK. For us, Europe’s a cautionary tale. We are only five to ten years behind Europe.  And I will tell you that freedom of speech is a line in the sand because, without freedom of speech peaceful men must resort to violence. [shouting] AND WE DON’T WANT TO!  Right, you don’t want to. (Nudge, nudge, wink, wink.)”

Other statements by Geller in the course of her tirade:  – The first amendment protects all speech, not just speech that we like – We’re speaking out against the most brutal and oppressive ideology on the planet – Truth is the new hate speech – The justice dept under the Obama admin has become a de facto legal arm of the Muslim Brotherhood – We need an army, the time is now to stand up …  The ludicrous “Christians can’t wear a cross in the UK” is typical of Pamela Geller’s style of just making things up.

Islamophobes generalize specific incidents to reflect on all Muslims or all of Islam.    Islamophobes consistently push demonstrably false memes such as:  – we are in danger from creeping Sharia, – the Muslim population is increasing at an alarming rate, – 80% of American Mosques are radicalized,  –  There have been 270 million victims of “jihad”  –  There have been 17,000+ “Islamic terrorist” attacks since 9/11   – Muslims in government are accused of being Muslim Brotherhood plants, stealth jihadists, and creeping Sharia proponents and should be MARGINALIZED or excluded.  Muslim and Arab organizations and individuals are connected to the infamous Muslim Brotherhood document or the unindicted co-conspirator label, or accused of not condemning Hamas, Hamas linked, or are Jew haters.  When Islamophobes are caught in the act of making up or distorting claims they engage in devious methods to attempt to conceal the evidence.

The claim that the Islamophobes are “truth-tellers” and “defenders of freedom” who actually “love Muslims” and have never engaged in “broadbrush demonization” or “advocated violence”, or that nothing that they say could have had anything to do with any act of violence are nonsense.  The claim that they are falsely being accused of Islamophobia for no reason other than their legitimate concerns about real issues and that in fact there is not even such a thing as Islamophobia, or their claim that the fact that there are fewer hate crimes against Muslims than against Jews or that some Muslims have fabricated such crimes “proves” that Islamophobia doesn’t exist,  or that the term Islamophobia was made up by Muslims in order to stifle their freedom of speech, or that anti-Muslim bigotry is “not Islamophobia but Islamorealism” are all nonsense.

NEWS21 reported Muslim group’s TN forum with feds disrupted by heckling  “During the keynote speech given by Bill Killian, U.S. Attorney of the Eastern District of Tennessee, audience members continually interrupted, making it difficult to understand what was said. Killian brought a PowerPoint presentation that covered the First and 14th amendments and what constitutes a hate crime, among other things. He read the First Amendment verbatim, between interruptions. …  Former “Saturday Night Live” star Victoria Jackson was among the protesters.  “The Constitution and Sharia cannot coexist,” she said. “Islam is evil.”

A Times Free Press article U.S. Attorney Bill Killian greeted by hostile crowd at Manchester, Tenn., free speech event included this strange statement:  “Some people at the impromptu rally were handing out anti-Islamic literature, other patriotic materials and some Christian materials as several speakers were using a megaphone to work up the crowd.  One man’s sign read: “In America, you are free to practice your religion, and I am free to insult it.”  I would hope that this was a typo, and that they did not actually mean to say that “anti-Islamic literature” is equivalent to “other patriotic materials”.

Pam Strickland wrote in the Knox News Irony goes over protesters’ heads.  She gives a detailed description of events during the meeting including:  “… During the outdoor rally, one woman with a bullhorn declared that “Islam does not deserve the protection of the First Amendment.” Others carried anti-Muslim signs.  None of the signs spoke of religions other than Islam, but the underlying theme was that Christianity was the preferred religion the First Amendment was written to protect. If that were the case, why would we need the First Amendment? Some would say to protect different Christian denominations. Only that’s not what the First Amendment says. It says religion, and it doesn’t have any exceptions written into it. It protects all religions — period.  … ”

An editorial in the Tullahoma News Actions at diversity meeting shameful  noted that:

There was no door to stand in front of that kept black students from entering, and there were no police officers arresting black citizens as they attempted to eat at a counter with the words “whites only” emblazoned on the wall above their heads.  But little else distinguished Tuesday night’s event at the Manchester-Coffee County Conference Center from those hate-filled, racist gatherings of days past.

Organized and sponsored by the American Muslim Advisory Council, headquartered in Murfreesboro, the event, called “Public Disclosure in a Diverse Society,” was billed as an educational opportunity for the public to learn about American Muslims, as well as how the civil rights of all citizens are protected under the United States Constitution.

It was the result of a recent Facebook reposting by Coffee County Commissioner Barry West in which a man is pictured pointing a gun at a camera with words that read, “How to wink at a Muslim.” West has since apologized for the post and removed it, but not before the story about his posting went viral.

While, undoubtedly, some of the nearly 1,000 people who attended the event and preceding anti-Muslim and “free speech” rally were there to listen and learn, the overwhelming majority had another intention in mind – to intimidate, undermine and disrupt the event.

Their stated reason for being there? To protest what bloggers had called the government’s attempts to take away an individual’s First Amendment rights to post whatever he or she chooses on social media sites without repercussion.  The real reason, however, became apparent shortly after the presentation began.

Wrapped in American flags and waving Bibles, the protesters shouted, “speak English” at a Muslim man who has been in the United States for three decades. They cheered and clapped at photos of a burned mosque in Columbia, Tenn. They booed at photos of American Muslim soldiers killed while serving their country in the United States military. They accused all Muslims of being terrorists and yelled at them to “go home.”  Those who couldn’t get inside for the presentation due to overcrowded conditions called law enforcement officers “communists.” One man, who donned a confederate soldier’s cap, shouted, “Mohammed was a pedophile!”

There is no doubt that the majority of the people in Coffee County are embarrassed and ashamed by the actions of the people gathered at this assembly, and that many, if not the majority, of those in attendance, were from out of town. …

And finally, Hate Comes to Manchester, Tennessee by Drost Kokoye.  This is a first-hand account by one of the Muslim attendees/organizers of the “Public Discourse in a Diverse Society” forum, that was disrupted by anti-Islam hate groups in Manchester, TN. Although this incident was widely reported on in various media, many outlets left out the depth of hate that was on display Tuesday evening.

In recent years, there has been an alarming surge in anti-Islam hate group activity in Tennessee, especially in areas such as Rutherford and Coffee Counties.  This virulent hate was fully on display Tuesday night at the “Public Discourse in a Diverse Society” forum in Manchester.

Since 2010, our community has seen a concerted effort being made to demonize the religion of Islam and its adherents, with hate groups from all over the nation using our state as a staging ground for spewing negative propaganda.  This includes the effort to block the construction of the Murfreesboro Mosque, to the faux-outrage created when an elected official mistook a mop-sink in the state legislature for a “Muslim foot-bath.” Legislators who have fallen under the influence of these groups introduced an “anti-Sharia bill,” which would have made the practice of Islam punishable by up to 20 years in prison.  Additionally, we have seen a normalization of increasingly violent rhetoric – such as a Facebook posting by Coffee County Commissioner Barry West, depicting a gun being pointed at Muslims.

Commissioner West’s posting “How to Wink at a Muslim” garnered national attention, due to the overt call to violence against a specific minority group.  Local Muslim groups such as the American Muslim Advisory Council (AMAC) and the American Center for Outreach (ACO) immediately asked West to issue an apology, due to the aggressive nature of the post in addition to Mr. West being a public official.  As this story went viral on social media, many key players in the Islamophobia industry latched themselves to the story, criticizing AMAC and ACO for demanding an apology.  Much to the chagrin of the anti-Islam groups, Mr. West issued an apology for his irresponsible post the next day.

Tuesday evening, the American Muslim Advisory Council hosted about “Public Disclosure in a Diverse Society” in Manchester, TN, as an open forum to discuss the dangerous effects of the rhetoric that was espoused by Mr. West in his post.  Those within well-funded Islamophobia Industry – such as Pamela Geller and Robert Spencer from the American Freedom Defense Initiative (AFDI) saw this as an ideal opportunity to fan the flames of hate in our back yard.  And while their so-called protest was done so under the guise of “defending free speech,” the reality is that the public is unaware of the nefarious affiliations of such groups.

Geller and Spencer and their organizations are listed by the Southern Poverty Law Center as “hate group leaders.”  They hold close affiliations with the English Defense League – a Neo-Nazi affiliated group that has employed violent tactics against the Muslim community in the UK.  Both Geller and Spencer were cited extensively (174 times between the two) in mass-murderer Anders Behring Breivik’s manifesto, which was written shortly before he murdered over 80 people in Norway.  To put it plainly, these individuals recognized widely as being extremists – therefore it is highly concerning that so many citizens of Tennessee have bought into their overt message of hate and bigotry.

Groups like the TN Eagle Forum and ACT for America (also listed as nativist and hate groups, respectively) called for thousands of their followers to come to this public forum to “stand up for their first amendment rights” that they claimed AMAC is trying to limit. These groups turned out people from all over Tennessee. Personally, I spoke with folks from Bristol, Sparta, Murfreesboro, Smyrna, and Tullahoma. They showed up in front of the Manchester Coffee County Conference Center hours before the forum. Geller and Spencer joined in around 5:30pm, ensuring the crowd was primed and riled up – including rhetoric that alluded to justifying violence.

After the outdoor protest, waves of people flooded the hall at 6:20pm.  All the seats were taken with in the first five minutes so people started to post up along the walls, near the doors, outside the doors, in the lobby, and all the way out to the entrance of the building.

The AMAC program had yet to begin, when Eagle Forum members (who also brought their own American flag) took it upon themselves to stand up and recite the “Pledge of Allegiance.”  Everyone else in the room, Eagle Forum member or not, joined them, for one of the most aggressive recitations of the Pledge that I’ve ever heard, followed by a long and loud applause.

At 6:30 pm, Zak Mohyuddin, an AMAC Board Member and long time resident of Coffee County, began the forum with an introduction to who and what AMAC is.

Before he could even get a sentence out, he was interrupted by a comment from the audience, “speak English!”

The panel continued as follows:

Zulfat Suara – AMAC Board Chair

Dorothy Zwayyed – AMAC East Tennessee Coordinator

Sabina Mohyuddin – AMAC Board Member and long time Coffee County resident

Bill Killian – U.S. Attorney DOJ Eastern District of Tennessee

Kenneth L. Moore – special agent in charge of the FBI’s Knoxville Division

Throughout the program, the speakers were plagued with interruptions, jeers and epithets being lobbed at them. Whenever examples of cooperation between the American Muslim community and law enforcement were highlighted, the crowd would yell, “Infiltrators,” Terrorists,” and “go home! 

As a representative of the Muslim community who was participating in the forum, the words of hate that I heard spoken on this day are something that I will not forget for a long time.

As I stood up to gather index cards for the Q&A session, a man from the crowd said, “Watch out, she might blow up!”  – Which was met by rousing laughter, rather than disgust.

As one of the Muslim speakers from the event finished, another individual exclaimed “FINALLY!  Can we burn her at the stake now?” – which was also met by laughter and cheers.

When bullying and discrimination that kids face in schools was brought up, one woman yelled, “Leave our children out of this. They hate you.”

Finally, during a portion of the presentation – a picture of a mosque, which had been destroyed by arson, was shown.  Rather than responding with compassion, the hateful attendees responded with applause and cheers.

Although the goal of the forum was to foster dialog and positive engagement – it is clear that Geller, Spencer and the hate groups came to cause divisiveness and hate.  It is saddening that some Tennesseans have succumbed to this temptation, as it brings back dark memories from our nation’s past.  On a positive note, many in attendees from the community greeted us with goodwill and assured us that the haters do not represent them or the majority of people out there.  Though a small gesture, this helped end an otherwise tense night on a positive note.  As we move forward from this eye-opening evening – the hope is that Tennesseans will take the lead in denouncing and marginalizing these fringe groups, while fostering an environment of positivity and inclusion.

The Islamophobia of these folks is very real, it is also strikingly similar to a previous generations’ anti-Semitism, and it has predictable consequences.
Pamela Geller is now calling all of the articles written condemning the behavior of the protestors propaganda, and further describing the protest as a “great American moment”.  This is not surprising.  As I wrote when they had just such a response to the overwhelming condemnation of their AFDI ads, AFDI hate group leaders Robert Spencer & Pamela Geller can’t take a hint:

…  These individuals and organizations who spoke out against or criticized their ads were accused by the dynamic duo of hate of “working for our enemies”, “undermining national security”, “enabling Islamic supremacists and jihadists”, “spreading of the Big Lie, Goebbels-like hate propaganda against anyone who dares speak about jihad”, “attempting to enforce Sharia blasphemy laws”, “doing the bidding of annihilationists and Jew haters”, “providing cover for the most brutal and extreme ideology on the face of the earth”, “obfuscating the most lethal threat the free world faces”, “waging jihad”, “self-righteous nudniks”, “standing with those who are oppressing and subjugating their brothers and sisters”, “attempting to suppress our mesage”, “taking their talking points from Islamic supremacists”, “whitewashing Islamic Anti-Semitism”.  They were called “kapos”, “self-hating Jews”, “lackeys”, “media tools”, “quislings”, “craven”, “cowardly”, “knaves”, and “clowns”, “pro-jihad”, “dim bulbs”, “weaselly”, “easy marks for Islamic propagandists”.

This list could go on for pages, but you get the idea.  There is not going to be an examination of conscience.  They are not going to consider the possibility that they may be wrong.  Anyone who questions them is “the enemy”.  This goes beyond Islamophobia, they are displaying a pathological hatred of Muslims and Islam. …  see an incredibly long list of Muslim and non-Muslims attacked for condemning or disagreeing with the Islamophobes here

SEE ALSO:

A Tennessee Church Welcomes its Muslim Neighbors, Bob Smietana http://sojo.net/blogs/2011/08/19/tennessee-church-welcomes-its-muslim-neighbors
ACLU of Tennessee Statement on Anti-Muslim Bill SB 1028/HB 1353 http://www.aclu-tn.org/pdfs/11Statement-on-Anti-Sharia-Bill.pdf
Anti-Muslim Group Attacks Tennessee Governor’s Appointee, Carl S. Berg http://www.illumemagazine.com/zine/articleDetail.php?Anti-Muslim-Group-Attacks-Tennessee-Governor-rsquo-s-Appointee-14015
Crisis Averted When Tennessee Lawmakers Discover Muslim Foot Bath Is Actually Just a Mop Sink http://gawker.com/5992352/crisis-averted-when-tennessee-lawmakers-discover-muslim-foot-bath-is-actually-just-a-mop-sink
DOJ Attorney Bill Killian Vows to Crack Down on Islamophobia, Maryam Khan Ansari http://www.illumemagazine.com/zine/articleDetail.php?US-Attorney-Bill-Killian-Vows-to-Fight-Islamophobia-With-Federal-Laws-14333
Fears About Shariah Law Take Hold In Tennessee, Blake Farmer http://www.npr.org/2012/09/03/159378918/fears-about-shariah-law-take-hold-in-tennessee
Fire at Tenn. Mosque Building Site Ruled Arson http://www.cbsnews.com/2100-201_162-6814690.html
Pamela Geller Gets Murfreesboro Mosque Story Wrong, Sheila Musaji http://theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/murfreesboro-mosque
A group of Tea Party activists in Tennessee has renewed its push to whitewash school textbooks. The group is seeking to remove references to slavery and mentions of the country’s founders being slave owners. http://theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/the_death_spasms_of_american_racism
Hate Graffiti sprayed on burned Islamic Center of Columbia Tennessee mosque, CAIR http://theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/hate_graffiti_sprayed_on_burned_tennessee_mosque
Hecklers Disrupt Muslim Group’s Event In Tennessee (VIDEO) http://livewire.talkingpointsmemo.com/entry/hecklers-disrupt-muslim-groups-event-in-tennessee-video
HOW TO WINK AT A MUSLIM: Tennessee politician posts photo of man taking aim with a double-barreled shotgun with outrageous caption http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2317873/Barry-West-Tennessee-politician-posts-photo-man-taking-aim-double-barreled-shotgun-outrageous-caption.html
In Murfreesboro, Tennessee Islamophobia Trumps the U.S. Constitution, Sheila Musaji http://theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/murfreesboro-has-a-new
Is Islam a threat to America?: Nashville activists warn churchgoers of violent threats to America; Muslims call campaign unfair http://www.tennessean.com/article/20091206/NEWS06/912060340/Is+Islam+a+threat+to+America
Is Tennessee’s Shariah law ban unconstitutional? http://theweek.com/article/index/212716/is-tennessees-shariah-law-ban-unconstitutional
Islam Is a Religion, and Therefore Protected by the Constitution, Wendy Kaminer http://www.nationaljournal.com/thenextamerica/politics/islam-is-a-religion-and-therefore-protected-by-the-constitution-20120604
Islamic Sharia and Jewish Halakha Arbitration Courts, Sheila Musaji (with TAM article collection) http://theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/islamic_sharia_and_jewish_halakha_arbitration_courts
Islamophobia in the Heart of Tennessee http://www.dailykos.com/story/2012/06/09/1098752/-Islamophobia-in-the-Heart-of-Tennessee
Islamophobic activist calls for school book to be banned in Tennessee http://www.onepeoplesproject.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=1167%3Aislamophobic-activists-calls-for-school-book-to-be-banned-after-school-board-was-already-done-with-it&catid=66%3Aislamophobia&Itemid=13&lang=en
Middle TN commissioner’s Facebook post frightens Muslims http://www.tennessean.com/article/20130501/NEWS02/305010108/Middle-TN-commissioner-s-Facebook-post-frightens-Muslims
Murfreesboro, Tenn.: Church ‘Yes,’ Mosque ‘No’, Elisabeth Kauffman http://www.time.com/time/nation/article/0,8599,2011847,00.html
Muslim-baiting loses in Tennessee (elections)  http://www.economist.com/blogs/democracyinamerica/2010/08/tennessee_politics
Muslim group’s free-speech forum disrupted http://www.dnj.com/article/20130606/NEWS/306060030/Muslim-group-s-free-speech-forum-disrupted
Muslim Group’s TN Forum With FBI Disrupted by Anti-Muslim “Free Speechers”, Charles Johnson (VIDEO captures much of the tenor of the anti-Muslim heckling)  http://littlegreenfootballs.com/article/42089_Muslim_Groups_TN_Forum_With_FBI_Disrupted_by_Anti-Muslim_Free_Speechers
Opposition to Muslims and mosques grows in U.S. racist caldron, Ray Hanania http://theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/opposition_to_muslims_and_mosques_grows_in_u.s._racist_caldron
Plan for Muslim Cemetery Met With Fear: Critics in Tennessee Community Suggest Move Could Bring Terrorism, Disease, Woody Baird http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A27781-2004Dec26.html
Religious Accommodation or Creeping Sharia?, (Tennessee public school & student prayer) Sheila Musaji http://theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/religious_accomodation_or_creeping_sharia
Rising anti-Islamic sentiment in America troubles Muslims: Particularly visible on the anti-Muslim radar has been the state of Tennessee, Moni Basu http://religion.blogs.cnn.com/2012/09/05/rising-anti-islamic-sentiment-in-america-troubles-muslims/
Stop Xenophobic and Anti-Muslim Education Plan in Tennessee limit how many legal immigrants charter schools can hire http://forcechange.com/17740/stop-xenophobic-and-anti-muslim-education-plan-in-tennessee/
Tennessee Lawmaker Casually Promotes Shooting Muslims On His Facebook, Elizabeth Plank http://www.policymic.com/articles/39023/tennessee-lawmaker-casually-promotes-shooting-muslims-on-his-facebook
Tennessee Shariah Bill Too Extreme For Tea Partiers, Tim Murphy http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2011/04/tennessee-sharia-bill-too-extreme-tea-partiers
Tennessee May Deliberately Exclude Muslim Schools From New Voucher Program, Adam Peck http://thinkprogress.org/education/2013/04/03/1815461/tennessee-may-deliberately-exclude-muslim-schools-from-new-voucher-program/
Tennessee Muslims sue to open mosque http://religion.blogs.cnn.com/2012/07/18/tennessee-muslims-sue-to-open-mosque/
Tennessee Police Training Seminar Taught By Notorious Anti-Muslim Activist John Guandolo who claims that Muslims should not get First Amendment rights, Jillian Rayfield http://tpmmuckraker.talkingpointsmemo.com/2012/02/tennessee_police_training_seminar_taught_by_notori.php
Tennessee Politician Feels Unfairly Criticized For Innocent Let’s-Point-Guns-At-Muslims Message (satire) http://wonkette.com/514767/tennessee-politician-feels-unfairly-criticized-for-innocent-lets-point-guns-at-muslims-message
Tennessee Republicans freak out that voucher plan might fund Muslim schools http://www.dailykos.com/story/2013/04/03/1198889/-Tennessee-Republicans-freak-out-that-voucher-plan-might-fund-Muslim-schools
Tennessee Ruling against Mosque Construction is a Ruling against Religious Freedom Across America, MPAC http://theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/tennessee-ruling-against-mosque-construction-is-a-ruling-against-religious
Tennessee Tea Party Republicans Attack Governor For Hiring Muslims, Gays, Democrats http://www.alan.com/2012/07/18/tennessee-tea-party-republicans-attack-governor-for-hiring-muslims-gays-democrats/
Tennessee: We don’t want to persecute Muslims, BUT…, Sheila Musaji http://theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/tennessee-we-dont-want-to-persecute-muslims-but
Tennessee’s Anti-Muslim “Material Support” bill or HB 1353 Bill is an American Disgrace, Daniel Tutt http://www.huffingtonpost.com/daniel-tutt/tennessees-antimuslim-bil_b_863032.html
Transcending an anti-American situation in the anti-Muslim mobs of Tennessee, Craig Considine https://craigconsidinetcd.wordpress.com/2013/06/05/transcending-an-anti-american-situation-in-the-anti-muslim-mobs-in-tennessee/
U.S. Department of Justice Community Relations Service: America’s Peacemaker http://www.justice.gov/crs/pubs/crs-annual-report2012.pdf
Video Shows Bullet Riddled Qur’an Thrown at Islamic Center of Chattanooga Tennessee Mosque, CAIR http://theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/video_shows_bullet_riddled_quran_thrown_at_tennessee_mosque
Video: Anti-Muslim Hate Crime Applauded in Tennessee http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Wr5p2xdnP8
Rick Womick, GOP Tennessee state rep: All Muslims serving in the U.S. military should be removed, VIDEO, Aliyah Shahid http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/rick-womick-gop-tennessee-state-rep-muslims-serving-u-s-military-removed-video-article-1.977780
Barry West, Tennessee County Commissioner, Draws Backlash For ‘How To Wink At A Muslim’ Post http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/05/01/barry-west-tennessee-muslims_n_3193600.html

Source: The American Muslim

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Ah, so if a journalist thinks some issue, doctrine or ideology is dismissed by journalists as a joke then the whole world ought to jump on their bandwagon. The joke is this so-called supremacy of the journalists. It is as absurd as the so-called supremacy of Islam.

06:50 AM – June 7, 2013

Creeping Sharia legislation

Journalists often dismiss red-state Islamic law bans as a joke. But the story isn’t going away.

By Deron Lee

FAIRWAY, KS — For more than three years, lawmakers in Kansas, Missouri, and a host of other states have been pushing bills to prohibit the use of Islamic law—commonly referred to as Sharia—in US courts. There are a lot of serious questions one might ask about this anti-Sharia campaign, but among journalists, the bills have most often provoked incredulous, derisive, and sardonic responses: Is this really happening?

When the Kansas legislature sent anti-Sharia legislation to Gov. Sam Brownback’s desk last year, Kansas City Star columnist Yael Abouhalkah made the tongue-in-cheek argument that Brownback “better sign” the bill in order to burnish his “ultra-conservative” credentials and “to show those foreigners they can’t control the courts of Kansas. Just like they’ve been doing since, well, never.” When Brownback did in fact sign it, editors at the Winfield Daily Courier attributed the bill’s passage to a “sophomoric, circus-like atmosphere” prevailing at the state Capitol.

When strikingly similar legislation surfaced in Missouri last year, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch editorial board dismissed it as “silly.” When a new version came up this year, the editors placed it on a list of recommended vetoes for Gov. Jay Nixon, but only in a subheading at the bottom among other “silly stuff” perpetrated by the legislature.

These amused and amusing reactions are understandable given the absurdity of the notion that “creeping Sharia,”—the alarmist term sometimes used by advocates of these bills—is poised to overwhelm the Midwest. But they understate the seriousness and persistence of the movement behind such legislation, and its potential effects on American Muslims and non-Muslims alike.

“I don’t think there is sufficient awareness of the consequences of these bans,” Amos Toh, a fellow at the left-leaning Brennan Center for Justice, told me in an interview. Toh coauthored a report released last month, a joint effort between the Brennan Center and the Democratic-affiliated Center for American Progress, detailing “legal uncertainties and practical problems” presented by these bills, which have been enacted in six states so far.

Origins and goals

The Brennan/CAP report notes that these bills all have a common origin: “a small network of activists who cast Muslim norms and culture, which they collectively and inaccurately labeled as Sharia law, as one of the greatest threats to American freedom since the Cold War.”

Back in 2011, The New York Times zeroed in on the leaders of this network, including well-known conservative activist Frank Gaffney, and also a little-known, Brooklyn-based attorney named David Yerushalmi.

According to the Times, Gaffney and Yerushalmi attempted in 2008 to convince Bush administration Treasury officials of the dangers of Sharia law, but were rebuffed. This led to a change in tactics.

“If you can’t move policy at the federal level, well, where do you go?” Yerushalmi told the Times. “You go to the states.”

The Republican electoral wave in the 2010 midterm elections ushered in an influx of Tea Party-influenced, conservative state legislatures across the country. These conservative legislatures provided a vessel for Yerushalmi and Gaffney to see their anti-Sharia beliefs enshrined in law.

As the Brennan/CAP report notes, “Ground zero for this effort was Oklahoma, and the lessons learned there provided a template for anti-Sharia efforts in other states.” Yerushalmi’s conservative allies raised money for an anti-Sharia ballot initiative in the Sooner state, which was overwhelmingly approved in 2010—but was later overturned by the courts on the grounds that it inhibited freedom of religion without serving a secular purpose. A wave of similar bills made their way through state legislatures in the next year and a half, garnering much publicity but limited success. In March 2012, Omar Sacirbey of the Religion News Service wrote a piece headlined, “Anti-Shariah Movement Loses Steam in State Legislatures.”

Just last month, however, Sacirbey wrote a new piece: “Anti-Shariah Movement Gains Success.” The movement’s leaders, undeterred by earlier failures, had changed tactics again.

Now, all explicit references to Sharia law in legislation would be excised in favor of a blanket ban on “foreign law.” Yerushalmi drafted a new template for anti-Sharia legislation that would be less vulnerable to court challenges. New bills in Oklahoma and Kansas followed this template almost verbatim—and both were ultimately signed into law.

Missouri legislators also seem to have followed Yerushalmi’s new template in drafting this year’s bill—a fact that was overlooked by most reporters in the state, as it had been in Kansas. Only the alt-weekly Riverfront Times, following up on arguments from the liberal advocacy group Progress Missouri, highlighted the fact that Missouri’s newest “anti-foreign law” bill was strikingly similar to Yerushalmi’s draft. (The bill’s sponsor said he was not familiar with Yerushalmi.)

Yerushalmi himself has laughed off suggestions that he is the “Svengali” of the anti-Sharia movement. He and his allies, he wrote in 2011, wished only to promote “a serious discussion of classical and still extant authoritative Islamic law—sharia—as the threat doctrine motivating jihadists from all over the globe.”

However one may characterize his motivations, voters in Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, and elsewhere deserve to know who is writing their laws.

Intended and unintended consequences

If coverage of the roots of these bills has been scant, the effects of the bans on American Muslims have also gone largely undocumented.

In February, Rafia Zakaria of Amnesty International wrote an op-ed for Al Jazeera detailing a divorce case involving an Iranian couple living in Kansas. The Kansas court refused to enforce a marriage contract that compelled the husband to make a substantial payment in case of divorce, partly because it had been crafted under Islamic law in Iran. Similar agreements have been honored in other state courts, Zakaria wrote.

The result? “Where no ban would have resulted in an immigrant woman being able to avail of the resources that would allow her to begin a new life in the US and rehabilitate herself from an abusive relationship,” Zakaria wrote, “a Sharia ban enabled the opposite, leaving her with nothing and allowing her more established husband to discard her with few consequences.”

The recent Brennan/CAP report noted that “the case was ultimately decided on other grounds,” but the episode demonstrated the complications and consequences of the Kansas Sharia ban. As far as this reporter could determine, the story was not covered by Kansas media.

The broader legal community has argued that the bans may affect a wide range of transactions, and not only for Muslims. The American Bar Association passed a resolution opposing the bans in 2011, warning that they would “prohibit parties’ freedom to contract” and even “interfere with the powers of the Executive and the Senate to negotiate and ratify treaties.”

Gov. Nixon, in vetoing Missouri’s anti-Sharia legislation this week, cited concerns that it would interfere with couples’ efforts to adopt children from abroad. Corporate interests have also complained that the measures could complicate companies’ efforts to do business overseas.

Raj Bhala, a law professor at the University of Kansas who is an expert on Sharia, told me in an email that by passing the ban in his home state, Brownback and the legislature have catalyzed extremism overseas—and also “have hurt Kansas, damaging its reputation in the global economy, thus cutting international business opportunities.”

Another concern, of course, is the simple fact of religious hostility and its psychological effect on Muslims here. Whether or not the word “Sharia” appears in these bills, they “send a discriminatory message,” the Brennan Center’s Toh said. “A lot of the statements made by proponents have been specifically targeted to Muslims and to the application of Sharia. I do think there is definitely an anti-Muslim animus driving these measures.”

The derisive tone of coverage of the bills, especially on the opinion pages, suggests that many media members agree—and they don’t have much sympathy for the sponsors’ motives.

Still, there has not been much engagement with the question: What happens to a minority community when its culture and traditions are singled out for official condemnation? Last September, CJR’s Jennifer Vanasco lamented the nationwide dearth of news coverage on American Muslims, reporting that “[a] Google news search for ‘American Muslims’ and ‘Muslim Americans’ turned up a grand total of zero results in June and July”—just after Brownback signed the Kansas Sharia ban into law—“and barely more for the balance of this year.”

Happily, there have been a few examples of standout coverage in Kansas and Missouri. The Post-Dispatch has given a recurring column to Ghazala Hayat, a St. Louis University professor and Islamic community leader; she gave her thoughts on an earlier Missouri anti-Sharia bill in a 2011 column. Last summer, longtime Kansas City Star religion editor Helen T. Gray, who has since retired, wrote a strong, substantive feature article offering some background on Sharia law and reactions to the Kansas ban from the Muslim perspective.

By far the best example of coverage in Kansas or Missouri this year was a May 22 segment on Kansas City public radio station KCUR. Central Standard host Brian Ellison spent an hour discussing the meaning and practice of Sharia, as well as the origin and impact of anti-Sharia legislation, with Raj Bhala, the KU law professor; Ryan Boyer, a law student who has written a soon-to-be-published article on the Sharia bans; and Mahnaz Shabbir, past president of the Heartland Muslim Council.

Boyer detailed the long-term, coordinated national campaign to ban Islamic law. Bhala discussed the legal problems with the bans and offered a cultural overview of sharia. Shabbir discussed the ways that Sharia informs her everyday life—daily prayers, food, and dress—and she rejected the premise, which drives the Yerushalmi movement, that “creeping Sharia” is threatening to take over the U.S. legal system.

“Right now Islam has a target on the back,” she told Ellison. “… And what we have to do, and I’m glad you wanted to do this show, is the way that we can address fear is by education.”

KCUR producer Suzanne Hogan told me that the goal of the program was “demystifying Sharia” for listeners. “We didn’t want it to be a debate, necessarily, more just a basic education about what is sharia, first of all, and what is the significance of this legislation,” she said.

While the KCUR program may have lacked “balance,” it did accomplish what Sana Saeed, senior editor of Islawmix.org, envisioned when praising Zakaria’s op-ed: “a greater discussion on these bans which [focuses] on the tangible human effects as opposed to just pinning these bans aside as fringe legal moves of little to no consequence.”

For now, however, much of the media has not joined this “greater discussion.”

“With rare exceptions like KCUR and others, the media has not taken the issue … seriously enough,” Bhala told me. “In my personal opinion, officials in Kansas who have supported the anti-sharia legislation, and approved of it, have been given very nearly a ‘free pass.’ “

The media will have no shortage of opportunities for better coverage. In Kansas and five other states, Sharia bans are on the books for the foreseeable future, and the consequences have only begun to manifest themselves. In Missouri, Nixon’s veto is at risk of an override by the Republican supermajority—and failing that, expect to see another version of the ban moving through Jefferson City in 2014.

“If history is any indication, I think we will see these bills coming back,” Toh told me. “This is a persistent trend that is not likely to go away.”

Follow @USProjectCJR for more posts from this author and the rest of the United States Project team.

Deron Lee is CJR’s correspondent for Iowa, Missouri, Kansas, and Nebraska. A writer and copy editor who has spent seven years with the National Journal Group, he has also contributed to The Hotline and the Lawrence Journal-World. He lives in the Kansas City area.

Source: The United States Project

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So, did the crowd in Manchester TN miss the point of the meeting? According to Hayes Brown they did. Actually, it is Brown who missed the real point. The Islamic center is the heart and soul of the Islamic state which is infiltrating the US.

Hecklers Cheer Burning Of Tennessee Mosque At Muslim Outreach Forum

By Hayes Brown on Jun 13, 2013 at 2:50 pm

Anti-Muslim organizer Pam Geller appears in NYC in 2010

An anti-Muslim group of hecklers last week broke out into cheers at the mention of a local mosque being burned to the ground, completely missing the point of the community outreach forum they were disrupting.

Tennessee’s Muslim community was deeply concerned when a local county commissioner posted an anti-Muslim picture on his Facebook page, which had the viewer looking down the barrel of a shotgun and a caption reading “HOW TO WINK AT A MUSLIM.” Commissioner Barry West later apologized for sharing the picture, but by then his post had gone viral. In response, the American Muslim Advisory Council (AMAC) organized an outreach forum to educate the community about how to conduct “Public Discourse in a Diverse Society.” . . .

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