Tennessee: Kroger, KFC and others submit to sharia, yank newspaper that discusses Islam

Tennessee, on the fast track to becoming a sharia compliant state that is increasingly intolerant of infidels. By Gadi Adelman, Be careful about what you say, or write, about Islam:

Censorship of views which are found “offensive” to certain groups is usually found in large sprawling cities, but in Tennessee too, it seems, freedom of speech is under threat.

The Rutherford Reader is a family-owned, family-operated weekly publication that has been in business since August 3, 2000. The Reader, as it is known, is based out of Murfreesboro, TN a city of just over 100,000 people, which is part of the Nashville, TN. metropolitan area. It is a free weekly newspaper published by Pete Doughtie.

Since The Reader is a free weekly paper they often publish articles from other sources, and lately many of my articles have been featured on the front page each week with permission.

The paper is circulated by Distributech throughout the Rutherford County, TN area to various businesses. One of the locations where Distributech has newspaper racks is Kroger, the national grocery chain.

On Monday, May 10 Pete Doughtie received a phone call from Distributech representative, Rodney Barton, informing him that as of Friday, May 14, that they were no longer going to allow The Reader to use their racks.

When Doughtie asked for what reason, Barton’s reply was “because of the hate speech stories you print about Muslims and Islam.” At that point, Barton was asked to show Doughtie one issue containing hate speech and Barton ignored the request.

While attempting to track down the source of this accusation of hate speech, Pete Doughtie discovered that one individual had made a complaint. Doughtie has yet to find out if the original complaint was made to Kroger or Distributech. Apparently a threat of boycott was also made to a local Kentucky Fried Chicken, who also pulled the paper after having The Reader in their rack for six years.

Mr. Doughtie contacted Kroger offering them the opportunity to comment on this situation. After a brief conversation with their spokesperson, Melissa Eads, Kroger’s made the following statement:

“The free publication rack at Kroger is managed by a third party, Distributech. It was brought to their attention that the Rutherford Reader contained hateful content. After they reviewed several issues of The Reader, they determined to no longer distribute the publication. We support them in this decision as neither of us support hate rhetoric of any kind.”

While checking distribution drops in Smyrna this past week, Doughtie was told by the greeter for the Rutherford County Chamber of Commerce that instructions from the office in Murfreesboro was that The Reader could no longer be placed on their counter as well. The name being used by the individual who has been contacting The Reader’s customers is Anthony Mijares.

I obtained a copy of an email, sent by this same individual to a local store in Smyrna TN:

“I reside in Smyrna Tennessee, within Rutherford County. You distribute a local “newspaper” in your stores, titled the Rutherford Reader. Please be aware, that The Reader contains hate speech against religion. As of this week, the Kroger Grocery chain, and the Kentucky Fried Chicken chain, has banned The Reader from all of their stores.

Recent Reader editions include these statements:

Islam is evil, dehumanizing, defiling.
Muslim immigration should be halted.
Islam is incompatible with the U.S. Constitution.
Recent Reader front-page headlines read:
World’s most dangerous Islamist in Pennsylvania.
Secretary Clinton helps Islamist terror supporter enter U.S.
Spitting in the face of everyone murdered on 9/11.

Rutherford County has Kurds, Egyptians, Jordanians, etc., who will be offended at seeing that paper in your stores. They might also assume that you agree with that paper.

Please, stop distributing The Reader in your stores. Please acknowledge your receipt of this email. Please do not forward to this email to Mr.Doughtie; he publishes photographs of his perceived enemies.

Kind Regards,
Anthony Mijares,
Smyrna Tenn”

I asked Doughtie if the above statements were ever printed in his paper and he told me the following,

“I’d have to go out and look up my past columns. “Islam is evil, dehumanizing, defiling?” I don’t recall using that. Dehumanizing could have been in something describing the treatment of women. ‘Halting immigration of Muslims and illegals’ I’d be capable of. Sharia not being compatible with the U.S. Constitution you bet, not Islam.”

Regardless, Mr. Doughtie has asked time and again for anyone from Kroger and Distributech to give him even one instance of “hate speech”. He is still waiting to be given an example. It appears to me that Anthony Mijares doesn’t like anything that is written about Islam or Muslims that portrays them in a bad light. Does he know what an editorial is?

What bothers me here is the way this whole situation has unfolded. Yes, Kroger, KFC and any other business have the right to carry whatever product they choose. This does not break any laws. However, I find it a bit unusual that a company the size of Kroger would make such a decision after only one complaint. We are talking about a newspaper here, not corn flakes. Newspapers print things daily with their own slant and agenda. This is why some people read the New York Times and others don’t. I have yet to see a paper where after reading just one story I couldn’t figure out if the paper leaned left or right. Is Kroger going to stop carrying each and every paper that has a particular slant or that might disagree with their views?

Is Kroger actually concerned that if they lose the business of this one individual or for that matter as Anthony Mijares stated in his email the business of “Kurds, Egyptians, Jordanians, etc.” it will outweigh the business of those that read the Rutherford Reader? The Reader has an online subscription base of over 43,000 people and has been receiving hundreds of letter of support. And what of The Reader’s rights such as being able to sue all parties for defamation?

I contacted the Kroger spokesperson Melissa Eads with the hopes of hearing Kroger’s position on the matter. I used a phone number that was given to me by Pete Doughtie. It was not only the same number he has used to contact her but also the number his paper had published just a few weeks ago. I left Eads a message and received a call back from a different number and a woman told me that “I had the wrong number”, when I apologized and checked the number she was insistent on knowing who I write for and what I was writing about. Funny, since I supposedly had the wrong number.

The bottom line is this, political correctness is rearing its ugly head once again, and fundamental rights of free speech are the casualties. Have we now reached the point that nothing negative can be printed against Islam either, even when it’s the truth? I thought only pictures of Mohammed were “offensive”.

When corporations both large and small start letting one individual dictate what all of us can read, we might as well be living under Communist rule and forget being able to get the truth because that just went out the window when political correctness came in. Kroger, KFC and anyone else who stops carrying newspapers based on whether someone’s feeling might be hurt is setting a dangerous precedent of censorship that will affect us all.

According to the Kroger website they have grocery stores nationwide operating under 29 different names along with 4 jewelry store chains and one financial service. I wonder what they would do if each and every one who reads this were to demand they stop carrying a newspaper that they don’t agree with or they will start shopping elsewhere. Hell, the Kroger near me had several newspapers this week calling Israel the aggressor over the Aid to Gaza Flotilla, I think I’ll demand that stop carrying all those papers since it was hate speech against Israel.

Gadi Adelman is a freelance writer and lecturer on the history of terrorism and counterterrorism. He grew up in Israel, studying terrorism and Islam for 35 years after surviving a terrorist bomb in Jerusalem in which 7 children were killed. Since returning to the U. S., Gadi teaches and lectures to law enforcement agencies as well as high schools and colleges. He is currently writing a book on terrorism. He can be reached through his website http://gadiadelman.com.

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19 Responses

  1. I say we boycott Kroger AND KFC until they retract this ridiculous stance and allow the Constitution of the United States of America to stand. This is not some backwater third-world country….we still have the freedom of the press and the freedom of speech. If the muslims don’t like it,get the hell out of OUR country!

  2. I say we all boycott Kroger and KFC until they retract this ridiculous stance.This is the United States of America where we have freedom of the press and freedom of speech. our Constitution must STAND !!! If muslims don’t like it,they can get the hell out!

  3. Sorry, Americans. Your leaders have all been bought and paid for, hook line and sinker by Muslim Mafia Inc.
    It’s sharia law and islamisation at full speed for all Americans. You’ve been sold for 30 pieces of silver.
    Your leftists and liberals have seen to that.
    Muslims are there to stay in America. It is Americans who will have to get the hell out of America. Nice.
    It’s called reaping the fruits of the Law of Cause and Effect.

  4. One muslim complains and everyone submits: here in UK we are fighting to get a UK islamic CONFERENCE with 10-12 islamic hate-speakers removed.

    These people have known links to 9/11 terror funders, are proven Jew/ gay/non-muslim haters.

    We have written to the police, to MPs, to journalists:

    so far no ban!

    We haven’t given up and we never will. NO SURRENDER!

  5. PS, Re KFC, check to see if their chicken is not all halal.

    It is mostly in the UK. disgusting huh?

  6. I’ve got to admit that most folks in Tennessee are pretty tolerant people….very Christian in their outlook….and it’s all genuine. That one character could cause all of this doesn’t make sense though…..and there aint no “Anthony Mijares” listed in Smyrna, TN…I looked. I’ll believe all this stuff when I see it. I don’t see any inraods of islam into the hard core Christian neighborhood of Tennessee any time soon….and that goes for the rest of the Bible belt as well.

  7. I am sending my “Krogers card” back with a letter letting them know where I stand. I am not in Rutherford county but Krogers and KFC are both national chains. Let’s stick it to them. Come on, deep fat fried chicken isn’t good for you anyway.

  8. This has GOT to stop!!!!!!!! Burkas to hide the face of the woman but let any male suck her breast to ‘foster maternal relations’ and it’s all Okey-Dokey!Not to mention 6 year old girls and goats! I don’t LIKE you!!! Wahhhhh!!!! I cut off your head! Everybody’s happy and let’s just go home?????? WTF ?????????? And this admin can’t even bring itself to say “islamic terrorists” ??? God help us all and God bless the USA !

  9. Tennessee and Arkansas….the enemy of my enemy is my friend, but that is not what GOD says!!

    We are to fight evil….

    Tennessee has allowed the Gores to spew their vile lies unchallenged for years and years now……

    Arkansas has kept the nation in the dark in the fact their largest corporation WalMart has been funding the global warming movement to the tune of Millions , 6 million last year.

    Now in order to accomplish this they will use Sharia as the heavy as a means to accomplish their justified ends. Time will tell as to who plans to out do the other …the wealthy elite, or Islam……

    IT IS NO SURPRISE THAT THE HEARTLAND IS TAKING A FASCIST POSITION! CLIQUES HAVE BEEN BRINGING THIS ON FOR YEARS AND YEARS AND YEARS.

    THIS MUST BE STOPPED, AND ALL MUST BE IN THE FIGHT!

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  11. “Have we now reached the point that nothing negative can be printed against Islam either, even when it’s the truth? I thought only pictures of Mohammed were offensive”. WELL YOU THOUGHT WRONG! The end of free speech is number 1 on Islamic takeover list! Vote for Vijay Kumar & stop Islam/Sharia in Tennessee with a court ban, like that in Louisiana & pending in Oklahoma! Google “Islamic invasion of America: The 20 Point Plan” and read the 1st 12 points! Also googled as ’20 year’ instead of ’20 point’ – here is #1 of their plan: 1. Terminate America’s freedom of speech by replacing it with statewide and nationwide hate-crime bills.

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  15. Dear creeping,

    Kroger did a public service by refusing “the reader” a spot on it’s racks.

    As for proof of hate speech you confessed just a few lines above the so called “request for proof” that the reader prints your articles on the front page. What else do you need. I don’t see any sense of diallogue or acceptance of difference in your writings.
    As for TN being your state… you should know that your ancestors only claimed it may be half a dozen generations ago before that it was someone else’s and after you who knows who will call it theirs. But as a believer you HAVE to accept that “The land is thy Lords and thou are but stewards”. As the lord’s creation we all have the right to live freely and practice our views as long as we don’t harm anyone. Does not matter whether we go to the mosque, the church or the synagogue we need to respect each other… In the end all three of us worship the same God. The God of Ibrahim, Moses, Jesus and Mohammad. At least thats what the Muslims do.

    • ISLAM has no respect for anyone and as pointede out hate speech on ISRAEL is just fine by you- so stuff it concern troll.THISIS ISLAMAT 15 of the population already dictating and demanding- guess what MUZ MAN>?? hate pseech is not a crime in USA- getting your Muslim feelings hurt is not a crime- speaking outt he truthis our right under OUR LAWS which do not include blasphmey according to ISLAM-

      A lot of people already boycott KFC for going HALAL and caving in in UK bynot serving bacon anymore-

      if you don;t like living in USA LEAVE- in EVERY DAMN MUSLIMS antionthe most vile hate speech is printed in every media and children’s textbooks- lies and deceit is your middle name Mohammedean- Every mosque every Quran would need to be burnt to be rid of the HATE htaht spews forth fropm ISLAM

      dont dish it if you cant take it MUSLIMS- you deserve no special considerations or protections that the restof uys dont get- aas a TINY MINORITY you do not get to dictate to the restof us what we say, what we do or think –

      GTFO

      and as for who owned what- the first people here were VIKINGS- and Indonesians when they weren';t MUSLIMS – MUSLIMS have stolen allthge lands not in Arabia- most of north Africa, half of India a good portion of SE ASia-KURDS lands COPTS lands and more-
      read a damn book and quit thinking you run USA- we don;t respect those who do not respect us

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