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Commentary & Analysis

French Free Speech Victory

by Andrew Harrod  •  January 30, 2015  •  FrontPageMagazine

A French appeals court on December 18, 2014, overturned a hate speech conviction involving Christine Tasin's condemnation of Islam. Tasin's encouraging victory, won with Legal Project aid, demonstrates that not all threats to free discussion of Islam are violent like the subsequent Paris jihadist Charlie Hebdomassacre.

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The Tyranny of Silence

by Deborah Weiss and Andrew Harrod  •  November 20, 2014  •

Even amidst death threats and Islamist violence, Flemming Rose remains a staunch advocate for freedom of speech. In a Europe with ever-increasing speech restrictions, he argues for the equivalent of a global First Amendment.

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A Lesson on Free Speech and Sharia in Knoxville

by Andrew Harrod  •  November 3, 2014  •  FrontPage Magazine


A recent legal victory by Freedom X upheld the right of private citizens to discuss openly sharia law at a Knoxville, Tennessee, high school. "This is a victory for free speech," Freedom X's PresidentWilliam J. Becker rightly explained, in yet another instructive example of Islamists seeking to subvert the United States Constitution's First Amendment.

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Is CAIR Lying about a Rally for Hamas?

by Daniel Pipes  •  August 22, 2014  •  Gatestone Institute

A "Stop the Bloodshed in Gaza" rally in downtown Miami on July 20 featured aggressive Islamist chants typical of anti-Israel events. In English, the demonstrators yelled "We are Hamas!" and "We are Jihad!" (as can be seen and heard here). In Hebrew, a Hamas partisan screamed at an Israel-supporter, "Son of a bitch" and "Go to Hell!" and made an obscene arm gesture. In Arabic, the crowd chanted the infamous "Khaybar, Khaybar, oh Jew, Muhammad's army will return" (a reference to a massacre of Jews under the auspices of Islam's prophet in A.D. 629).

As I say, just a typical anti-Israel demonstration, and far from the worst. Typical – except that some of its sponsors desperately seek respectability.

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Imran Firasat Gets International Support

by Fred C. Gjestad  •  August 1, 2014  •  Dagen

(Translated via Google Translate)


- It seems as if destined here. This is whole episode is a fraud and conspiracy, says Samuel Nunberg. director of the American nonprofit Middle East Forum. Islam critic Firasat now has broad international support in the fight against extradition to Spain.

- There would have been no case against him if he had criticized Christianity or Judaism, this happens because he criticizes Islam, says the American lawyer Samuel Nunberg in imagined Mediterranean East Forum to day.

American supporters believe the case against Imran Firasat sets a terrifying precedent in Europe.

- There was a court hearing yesterday that confirmed the intention to disclose Firasat to Indonesia, which has indicted him for murder. Prosecutors demanded custody and got support for it, even though we argued the contrary, writes lawyer Alexandr Voronyuk in an email to supporters.

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Council on American-Islamic Relations Seeks to Undermine the Land of the Free

by Andrew Harrod  •  June 17, 2014  •  Breitbart Big Peace

The fact pattern and references to anti-Islamic "hate speech" sound depressingly similar to so many other cases abroad. Yet this incident occurred courtesy of the Council on American-Islamic Relations' (CAIR) Chicago chapter, showing how precious and precarious American free speech rights are.

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Spain to Deport Pakistani Refugee for Criticizing Islam

by Soeren Kern  •  June 6, 2014  •  Gatestone Institute

"Okay, you Muslims, use violence, but we will continue to make films. One day, one of us will lose." — Imran Firasat.

Firasat argued that the expression of his views about Islam fall within the constitutional rights of free speech.

Two dissenting judges signed a statement in which they ask whether the source of the danger to national security is in the actions of Firasat or in the reactions of Islamic fundamentalists.

The Spanish Supreme Court has ruled that a political refugee should be deported because his criticism of Islam poses "a danger to the security of Spain."

The May 30 ruling, which upholds an earlier decision by a lower court to revoke the refugee status of a Pakistani ex-Muslim named Imran Firasat, showcases how the fear of Muslim rage continues to threaten the exercise of free speech in Europe.

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The United Kingdom's Continuing Koran Censorship

by Andrew Harrod  •  April 8, 2014  •  Frontpage Magazine

Mark Stephenson confessed at a February 28, 2014, United Kingdom trial "threatening behavior" while watching a December 7, 2013, Birmingham soccer game. Stephenson's behavior involved Koran desecration, merely the latest case demonstrating deferential British censorship with respect to Islam's holy book.

According to one news account, a woman gave pages of a Koran taken from her handbag to Stephenson and about 20 other soccer fans during the game. Stephenson ripped the pages and pretended to burn them with a lighter while saying to a stadium worker that he had the "Muslim bible, we hate Muslims." Another worker overheard fans shouting "Koran, Muslims and burning."

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Prejudice's Latest Victim: Islam

by Andrew Harrod  •  March 5, 2014  •  Family Security Matters

"It is therefore discriminatory to equate Islam with Islamist terrorism and undifferentiated to attribute violence from Islamist fundamentalists and terrorists to Islam," the Swiss Press Council (SPC) assessed in a November 13, 2013, opinion.  The SPC thereby condemned an admittedly shoddy March 29, 2013, Basler Zeitung (BZ) article with a value judgment having troubling implications for free speech concerning Islam.

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Geert Wilders Lauds Legal Project

"Last June, I was acquitted of all charges by an Amsterdam court. The Middle East Forum's Legal Project ... was always there to help, advise and assist ... The importance of the MEF's Legal Project in reclaiming free expression and political discourse ... cannot be overestimated."

Geert Wilders, September 29, 2011

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