July 04, 2014
Michigan Judge Orders Unindicted Co-Conspirator CAIR To Stop Harassing Private Citizens
Unindicted co-conspirator CAIR has been using a tactic of targeting any citizen who expresses opposition to the construction of new Mosques. It is considered a form of "lawfare" or "legal jihad," which forces the defendant to expend large amounts of legal costs or give up opposition. It essentially violates the First Amendment right of individuals.
Today, a Michigan federal judge granted a motion filed by the American Freedom Law Center (AFLC) requesting that the court "quash" harassing and burdensome subpoenas issued by the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) to Ms. Zaba Davis, a private citizen who received the subpoenas because she publicly expressed her opposition to the construction of an Islamic center in her neighborhood. And in a rare move, the judge also awarded AFLC its attorneys' fees and costs for having to bring the motion. Read the judge's ruling here.
The judge based his decision, in part, on the Supreme Court case of N.A.A.C.P. v. Claiborne Hardware Co., 458 U.S. 886, 913 (1982)
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This Court has recognized that expression on public issues "has always rested on the highest rung of the hier archy of First Amendment values." "[S]peech concerning public affairs is more than self-expression; it is the essence of self-government." There is a "profound national commitment" to the principle that debate on public issues should be uninhibited, robust, and wide-open.
So much for Sharia being comparable with the Constitution. Silencing criticism, as Sharia does with regard to anything Islamic, is a direct violation of the First Amendment of Constitution.
Donate to the AFLC if you can. I have no doubt, in the future we will see many more of these "lawfare" tactics and frivolous lawsuits from unindicted co-conspirator CAIR and other Islamic organizations against ordinary citizens. The average person who could not afford an attorney and would be forced into silence.
Slander In Islamic Law - (skip to around 21:45 in the video). Steven Coughlin also predicts Islamic organizations using legal remedies to stifle criticism.