A non-profit law firm, Freedom X, filed a lawsuit in Tennessee against the Knox County School system that alleges that Farragut High School officials and Superintendent Jim McIntyre withdrew an April after-hours presentation that was to center around Sharia Law and its increasing acceptance in the United States due to complaints from the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR).
FrontPageMag reporter Arnold Ahlert reported on Tuesday that the lawsuit was filed based on violations of the First Amendment that such an event was cancelled just because the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), who has had history of supporting terrorism, and has numerous ties to extremist Islamic organizations, complained.
CAIR's background made them among the unindicted co-conspirators with the U.S-based Islamic charity, the Holy Land Foundation for Relief and Development (HLF), a non-profit, tax-exempt, charitable trust headquartered in Richardson, Texas that was shut down by authorities in 2001 for funding the terrorist group Hamas.
William J. Becker, Jr., Freedom X’s president and general counsel said, “Public officials, and that includes public school officials, violate the free speech clause of the First Amendment whenever they censor speech merely because it offends someone… Unfortunately, we are seeing this trend grow as Muslim activists play the victim card.”
In the lawsuit, it states, “This case seeks to protect and vindicate fundamental constitutional rights. It is a civil rights action brought under the First and Fourteenth Amendments to the United States Constitution and 42 U.S.C. § 1983, challenging Defendants’ restriction on Plaintiffs’ right to engage in protected speech in a public forum created by Defendants based on the content and viewpoint of Plaintiffs’ message.”
Although the event was to be held after school hours, the Knox County Superintendent Jim McIntyre said, “The primary purpose of our school facilities is to provide a safe, healthy and comfortable learning environment for our students. When other uses of the facility begin to impinge on or interfere with the administration’s ability to provide a suitable education atmosphere, it is necessary for us to reconsider that use.”
Ahlert reported that the Internet media group PRWeb, also had attempted to suppress information about CAIR. When Becker sought to get the story of Freedom X’s lawsuit disseminated to a wider audience, and included the published references of CAIR’s ties to Hamas in his press release, PRWeb refused to run it.
Becker told Ahlert, “The irony of an organization dedicated to disseminating information demanding the same “sanitization” that CAIR demands… playing directly into the hands of the “censors” prevents the public from being properly informed.”
“Muslims in America led by CAIR, which is affiliated with Hamas, a foreign terrorist organization, are exploiting our laws to erode everyone else’s freedom of speech,” Becker told Ahlert. “It’s part and parcel of a greater plan to eventually make us into an Islamic caliphate.”