Freedom has left the building. And been replaced with sharia law.
An absolutely huge victory for the sharia and will result in much more Muslim mob violence (aka JIHAD) and we predict the death not only of free speech but of non-Muslims who exercise free speech speaking against Islam. via Court Rules Against Christians in Arab Festival Case – CBN News
A federal appeals court ruled against a group of Christian evangelists who were forced to leave an Arab-American street festival in Dearborn, Michigan, in 2012.
Festival-goers threw rocks and water bottles at members of the Bible Believers group when they denounced Islam and called Mohammed a false prophet.
In response, Wayne County authorities threatened to ticket the Christian group if they did not leave.
On Wednesday, the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals backed county authorities, ruling 2-1 that police were only trying to keep public order.
“The video from the 2012 festival demonstrates that (evangelists’) speech and conduct intended to incite the crowd to turn violent. … Although robustly guarded by the First Amendment, religious conduct remains subject to regulation for the protection of society,” the three-judge panel wrote in its ruling.
But one dissenting judge said the police should have tried to control the lawbreakers rather than stifle free speech.
“The First Amendment protects plaintiffs’ speech, however bilious it was,” Judge Eric Clay wrote in his 11-page dissent. “The majority … provides a blueprint for the next police force that wants to silence speech without having to go through the burdensome process of law enforcement. I expect we will see this case again.”
From the American Freedom Law Center legal team: Divided Sixth Circuit Panel Issues “Dangerously Wrong” Opinion, Allowing Muslim Violence to Trump the First Amendment
“The Sixth Circuit’s ruling is an unprecedented blow to the First Amendment. As Judge Clay stated quite accurately in his dissent, this decision is ‘dangerously wrong.’ But this fight is far from over. We will be filing a petition for en banc (full court) review of this important First Amendment case within the next two weeks. And if that petition is not granted, we will seek review in the U.S. Supreme Court.”
David Yerushalmi, AFLC Co-Founder and Senior Counsel, added:
“This decision is quite troubling and indeed dangerous, particularly in light of the fact that Muslim violence is escalating around the globe and here at home. The fact that the court’s decision rewards and thus encourages such violence as a legitimate means of suppressing speech that is critical of Islam jeopardizes the constitutional safeguards that our Founding Fathers fought so hard to establish. And more problematic is the fact that this decision, if allowed to stand, will do more to encourage Muslim violence than anything our Christian clients ever said.”
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Video of the protest here.
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