Updates on posts here, here and here: The Rest of the Story. via (Bush-appointed) Judge tosses Dave Agema’s suit after self-professed ex-Muslim terrorist’s speech shut down | MLive.com.
ALLEGAN, MI – A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit against Allegan Public Schools after police shut down a self-professed ex-Muslim terrorist’s speech at the high school over safety concerns.
The ruling brings to an end a lawsuit that former state Rep. Dave Agema, R-Grandville, and other organizers filed after Allegan Police Chief Rick Hoyer shut down the speech after he learned that the speaker had a $25 million bounty on his head.
Event organizers – Agema, Elizabeth Griffin, Mark Gurley and Willis Sage – arranged for Kalam Saleem [sic], a self-professed former terrorist who teaches the dangers of radical Islam, to speak Jan. 26, 2012, at Allegan High School.
The organizers said that Saleem “has a unique perspective on the internal threat to America posed by Sharia law and radical Muslims as he was once a Muslim involved in terrorist activities who has since transformed himself and converted to Christianity.”
Others, including the Council on American-Islamic Relations, or CAIR-MI, and People for the American Way, dispute his claims he was once an Islamic terrorist, and contacted the school district before the event occurred.
The author’s tagline at the end of the article reads, “John Agar covers crime for MLive.” John Agar is either ignorant of CAIR’s criminal history or purposely concealing it from readers. CAIR is a designated Islamic terrorist group in the UAE and named a Hamas front group by the United States, banned by the FBI, with many of its leaders jailed or deported. Check the HAMAS-CAIR section, lower left of the home page.
The event was to take place from 6-9 p.m. at Allegan High School. Organizers had asked two police officers be present for the event.
Allegan city police, including Chief Hoyer, were at the scene. Shortly before it was to begin, a woman told police “that Kamal Saleem had a $25 million bounty on his head,” records showed.
A police officer talked to Saleem’s bodyguard, who didn’t deny the existence of the bounty. The bodyguard “further stated that there had been death threats directed toward Kamal Saleem from Islamic terrorists in the past,” records showed.
Hoyer ordered the event shut down while Saleem was speaking.
Agema and the others filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court against the City of Allegan, its police chief and officers, Allegan Public Schools and the leaders of CAIR-MI and People for the American Way. U.S. District Judge Janet Neff has dismissed the cases.
The plaintiffs argued that their rights to freedom of speech and assembly were violated, that the school district, which charged $90 for the room, breached its contract and that CAIR-MI and People for the American Way, by contacting the school district, were guilty of “tortious interference of a contract.”
Neff dismissed the final claims, against the school district, on Monday, March 9.
“The School District Defendants assert that the testimony in this case has instead consistently confirmed that it was the report of the bounty, death threats and security concerns that motivated the termination. Indeed, the School District Defendants opine that ‘(had) Defendants been motivated by an intent to muzzle Mr. Saleem based on the letter received from CAIR or objects voiced through telephone calls, they would have refused to allow the event commence rather than cancel it mid-stream,” the judge said.
She said that even if police and school officials mistakenly assessed the risk of danger, the plaintiffs could not show they acted unreasonably.
She cited a previous ruling that said the government didn’t have to wait “‘until havoc is wreaked to restrict access to a nonpublic forum.'”
Neff has earlier ruled that police Chief Hoyer’s decision to halt the speech after hearing the bodyguard report death threats by Islamic extremists “was a reasonable safety precaution and a legitimate reaction to a potentially dangerous situation at a public high school.”
The plaintiffs argued that hecklers were the “true cause” of the speech being stopped.
Indeed, it was CAIR who shut this down because of the content of the speech. And when the event went forward, they pulled a last minute stunt leveraging their co-religionists as a threat to full advantage. As eyewitness and Allegan County Commissioner wrote to us, there was never even a hint of a threat:
At the event, 3 officers instead of 1 showed up at 5:40 pm, there were no threats; there were no picketers, no protesters. We were about 1/4 of the way through Kamal’s speech, of which, “was about protecting our Constitution from Sharia law” and there were no threats to this event! Kamal Saleem has spoken at several venues consisting of Colleges and Schools, never being shut down, with any threat whatsoever. Kamal’s unarmed body guard had explained that, along with the issue “of the rumors” to the officers in detail, about the price on his head and that it was a rumor from 5 years ago!
The Sunset Lanes (where we finished the Allegan venue) on the 26th, 1st assembly of God in GR on the 25th, Streeters Center in Traverse City on the 27th and finally the Moline Baptist Church on the 29th Of January 2012, with Kamal speaking at each event, were all advertised and accomplished in the same week without any threat to the public and without incident!
The true Islamophobes are Chief Hoyer and Judge Neff.
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