The following has been reprinted from The Legal Project, a program of The Middle East Forum. Two Supreme Court decisions may impact how Americans can honestly discuss Islam and Islamic terrorism in the future. Muslim radicals are offended by any criticism of Islam or Mohammad and will kill critics of both. Has the Supreme Court just given Islamists legal protection to silence truth-tellers about Islam?
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Consider this — the murderers of the Charlie Hebdo cartoonists had an accomplice. And as they were murdering the cartoonists, the accomplice went to a kosher supermarket in Paris and murdered four Jews. What have they done? They didn’t draw Muhammad. How did they offend Muslims? They offended Muslims by being Jewish.
The “Check Your Privilege” campaign was started by three University of San Francisco professors: Ja’Nina Walker (who does studies on black homosexuals), Scott Murray, and Sonja Poole – who define privilege as “unearned access to social power based on membership in a dominant social group.”
The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) is deeply disturbed by the news that a Saudi blogger, Raif Badawi, was publicly flogged 50 times today in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia as part of a punishment for a blasphemy conviction. USCIRF has long followed Mr. Badawi’s case, expressed its grave concern, and called for his release.
On September 17, 2014, the Ninth Circuit denied a petition for rehearing by the full court (en banc) of a decision upholding a school district’s ban on the wearing of American flag shirts on a California high school campus in 2010 during Cinco de Mayo (May 5th)—a Mexican holiday. The school district claimed that it was concerned that the speech—the wearing of the flag shirts—would cause the Mexican students to engage in disruptive behavior in response to the speech.
Townhall columnist and author Frank Turek has expressed concern over the increasing power of “same sex marriage” to trump religious liberties, freedom of speech and even our right to hold jobs if we oppose homosexual “marriage.”
Even Bill Maher, no friend of Christians, is concerned about the power of what he calls the “gay mafia” to destroy the lives of those who oppose so-called “gay marriage.”
How dreadful are the curses which Mohammedanism lays on its votaries! Besides the fanatical frenzy, which is as dangerous in a man as hydrophobia in a dog, there is this fearful fatalistic apathy. The effects are apparent in many countries. Improvident habits, slovenly systems of agriculture, sluggish methods of commerce, and insecurity of property exist wherever the followers of the Prophet rule or live. — Winston Churchill, 1899.
Christians in the U.S. military are being told they must forfeit their First Amendment rights. Bible verses are being erased from cadets’ personal dorm-room white boards, and military lawyers claim that legal protections for religion only pertain to matters such as clothing and growing beards but do not extend to any religious expression such as talking about one’s faith or posting a Bible verse.
Recently, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals issued a ruling that schools in California could ban the wearing of American flag T-shirts during the Cinco de Mayo holiday celebration because it might offend Mexican students. The Rutherford Institute, one of the oldest religious freedom groups in the U.S., has filed an appeal to the Ninth Circuit to reconsider its ruling.
“Everyone in Syria is facing grave danger. There was a case of Muslim religious leaders being kidnapped and beheaded. They were humiliated and tortured. Ismailis, the Druze, Christians – people from all parts of Syrian society – are being mass murdered. I would like to say that if these butchers didn’t have international support, no one would have dared to cross the line.