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DOJ: Social Media Posts Trashing Muslims May Violate Civil Rights

DOJ: Social Media Posts Trashing Muslims May Violate Civil Rights

MAY 30, 2013

In its latest effort to protect followers of Islam in the U.S. the Obama Justice Department warns against using social media to spread information considered inflammatory against Muslims, threatening that it could constitute a violation of civil rights.

The move comes a few years after the administration became the first in history to dispatch a U.S. Attorney General to personally reassure Muslims that the Department of Justice (DOJ) is dedicated to protecting them. In the unprecedented event, Attorney General Eric Holder assured a San Francisco-based organization (Muslim Advocates) that urges members not to cooperate in federal terrorism investigations that the “us versus them” environment created by the U.S. government, law enforcement agents and fellow citizens is unacceptable and inconsistent with what America is all about.

“Muslims and Arab Americans have helped build and strengthen our nation,” Holder said after expressing that he is “grateful” to have Muslims as a partner in promoting tolerance, ensuring public safety and protecting civil rights. He also vowed to strengthen “crucial dialogue” between Muslim and Arab-American communities and law enforcement.

Evidently that was a precursor of sorts for an upcoming Tennessee event (“Public Disclosure in a Diverse Society”) that will feature the region’s top DOJ official, who serves as U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Tennessee, and an FBI representative. The goal is to increase awareness and understanding that American Muslims are not the terrorists some have made them out to be in social media and other circles, according to a local newspaper report. The June 4 powwow is sponsored by the American Muslim Advisory Council of Tennessee.

The area’s top federal prosecutor, Bill Killian, will address a topic that most Americans are likely unfamiliar with, even those well versed on the Constitution; that federal civil rights laws can actually be violated by those who post inflammatory documents aimed at Muslims on social media. “This is an educational effort with civil rights laws as they play into freedom of religion and exercising freedom of religion,” Killian says in the local news story. “This is also to inform the public what federal laws are in effect and what the consequences are.”

The DOJ political appointee adds in the article that the upcoming presentation will also focus on Muslim culture with a special emphasis on the fact that the religion is no different from others, even though some in the faith have committed terrorist acts, Christians have done the same. As an example he offers that the worst terrorist attack in the U.S. prior to 9/11 was committed by American Christians in Oklahoma City. He also mentioned the Wisconsin Sikh temple shooting last year in which another Christian, an American white supremacist, fatally shot six people and wounded four others.

“Some of the finest people I’ve met are Muslims,” Killian said, adding later: “We want to inform everybody about what the law is, but more importantly, we want to provide what the law means to Muslims, Hindus and every other religion in the country. It’s why we came here in the first place. In England, they were using Christianity to further their power in government. That’s why the First Amendment is there.”

Over the years the Obama administration has embarked on a fervent crusade to befriend Muslims by creating a variety of outreach programs at a number of key federal agencies. For instance the nation’s Homeland Security covertly met with a group of extremist Arab, Muslim and Sikh organizations to discuss national security matters and the State Department sent a controversial, anti-America Imam (Feisal Abdul Rauf) to the Middle East to foster greater understanding and outreach among Muslim majority communities.

The Obama Administration has also hired a special Homeland Security adviser (Mohamed Elibiary) who openly supports a radical Islamist theologian and renowned jihadist ideologue and a special Islam envoy that condemns U.S. prosecutions of terrorists as “politically motivated persecutions” and has close ties to radical extremist groups.

The president has even ordered the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) to shift its mission from space exploration to Muslim diplomacy and the government started a special service that delivers halal meals, prepared according to Islamic law, to home-bound seniors in Detroit. Who could forget Hillary Clinton’s special order allowing the reentry of two radical Islamic academics whose terrorist ties have long banned them from the U.S.?

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  • judy e

    It is time to put islam in the dustbin of history, the religion of perpetual offense is getting old. i will say as i wish, they can go back to their moslem majority country’s if they cannot handle western ways….

  • Jools Ferguson

    Jon-Marc, if you are Christian, you have less rights in this modern world. It is only Muslims who demand and get rights that DON’T apply to the rest of us!

  • Jools Ferguson

    WTF? What about the offences these people perpetrate on us, who are not of the Islamic “faith”? We are offended by them bleating about Christmas and Easter celebrations, which they say offend them. Tough! They are not in the country of origin now, so suck it up or go back there. Then they pull out the “racist” card, just for good measure. When will these retards in government understand the truth? Well, I guess they won’t because they fawn all over Obummer, the Baptist you have as President, when you have in reality, a Muslim, related to the Muslim Brotherhood, with his MB mates in 6 or 8 key roles in government. I’m glad I live away from the USA! Last minute thought, what about the rights of non muslims to be protected from “racist” taunts on social media. What’s good for one is good for all!

  • Libertarian Soldier

    Funny that he doesn’t mention that these two, so called Christians that have terrorized did not do so as a in the name of Allah or God. islamic terrorists do so in the name of God and shout it as they perpetrate their acts.

  • Mike Gilmer

    Killian is a liberal fool. We still have a First Amendment despite all the attempts by the fascist liberals to obliterate it.

  • Thomas Brown

    Who does the government of this country work for? I seriously cannot tell.

  • ceecee

    This administration is trying to silence free speech again? I am so very surprised!

  • http://easygome.com/ Dirl Sorensby III

    This is so traitorous and unconstitutional. Obama and Holder, you too are the biggest crooks and traitors the country has ever seen. You are trying to forbid the dissemination of information about the threat and horrible misdeeds of Islam? Freedom of speech is about the only way left for us to protect our country now that we have a President that clearly will not

  • Libertarian Soldier

    This is our first islamocentric government. The clintons were involved with the muslim brotherhood but they were never related to muslim brotherhood leaders, like the pResident’s brother. They’d also never gone to Kenya to campaign for their cousin for office and they don’t have a clinton foundation like the barack hussein obama foundation that operates outside the country and takes donations from American citizens and muslims in the name of the pResident for support of personal wealth, polygamy, the muslim brotherhood and al qaida, in Kenya.

    democrats and their propaganda ministry, the media don’t feel like anything is wrong when at the same time the IRS is intimidating any organization with “patriot”; “life”; “TEA”; “Conservative”; Liberty; or Christian in the title, they fast tracked an application for Malik obama, Kenyan brother of barack hussein obama for retroactive, tax exempt status for organizations synonymous with and designated by our government to be terror networks.

    As for anti-islamic speech on the web, how can anybody be considered a violator of the image of islam more than their own doctrine. They are a hate based faith and geopolitical ideology, unlike Christianity. The difference is that Christian doctrine is to love their enemy while islam demands submission or death and encourages deceit to infidels, not just Christians but anybody that does not believe as they do. they even have different labels for deceit to infidels in support of their goal and end being the submission or death to infidels.

    The doctrine is not that islam is a peaceful, moderate religion and that some are radicalized.

    There is no such thing as radicalization of islamists any more than there is such a thing as a moderate islamist. You’re either a good islamist with the end goal of domination of the world with islam or death to infidels or you’re as bad as the infidels. The religion is a hateful doctrine of murderous zealotry, with those that act and deceive a posture of moderation, not the other way around.

    I could no more defame them any more than they do in their own doctrine they call the ‘koran’.

    The sooner Americans understand this; the sooner they understand that barack hussein obama is islam and it’s new caliphate west’s messiah, the sooner you’ll understand why obama’s domestic policy matches his foreign policy in which he’s been involved in toppling of four of the allied governments that had previously not imposed sharia law.

    The obama administration incited, funded and supported the overthrow of Mubarak and the installation of the muslim brotherhood in Egypt. Anybody even know what happened in Yemen? The Arab Spring was manufactured in America and was funded, advised and instigated by the obama administration. We contracted al qaida’s ansar al sharia to overthrow another friendly in Libya. We funded, armed, incited, advised, militarily, and provided air support to depose Qaddafi. Al qaida butt raped Qadaffi with a bayonet and executed his family.

    Then, just months after clinton ii praised and called Assad a reformer, as the muslim brotherhood and al qaida was inciting its citizens to rebel, the US was instigating, arming, funding, advising providing contractors by using the stockpile of weapons provided to al qaida’s ansar al sharia to ship to the muslim brotherhood, through Turkey for use against Assad, in Syria.

    Does anybody wonder why the guy that was shipping arms to the muslim brotherhood was killded by al qaida’s ansar al sharia with his bodyguard and two Seal Contractors after stealing the weapons back to give to muslim brotherhood insurgents, in Syria? Anybody wonder why everybody in Benghazi was a contractor and there were no military witnesses? Does that make sense to anyone?

    We have been the sword of the new Caliphate. The only thing in question is not whether there is a new Caliphate developing; the question is which of the islamic sects will prevail? We know who’s running things in the US!

  • seefinly

    hey!!!What the hell about Judges like Jessica Pugrud and Richard Cebul who discriminate people that are disabled to the point a lot of them have killed themselves, and others have been forced into a life of poverty, They are egomaniacs that violate people”S ciuval and constitutional rights with no concern from our gov at all, LET”S STOP THE BULLSHIT

  • Richy

    Dear Mr Killian,
    Islam is a CULT that spreads HATRED. They claim to be a religion of peace, but lets judge them by their ACTIONS! EVERY time civilians are intentionally blown to pieces, it’s by some maniac with a bomb in one hand and a Koran in the other! I’m sure that not EVERY Muslim is a terrorist, it’s just that EVERY terrorist seems to be a Muslim! Americans are sick of this sham called Islam! They are EVIL, SCUM, and if you let them infest our country then we’ll be no better off than France or the UK. SCREW ISLAM!! Now what?

  • Jon-Marc

    Does that “may violate civil rights” also apply to Christianity? I seriously doubt it since people trashing Christianity and those who follow it is commonplace and acceptable behavior, but doing the same with any other religion, belief, or behavior is considered to be “violating their rights.” So, God, Christianity, and Christians are trashed, but everyone has their “rights”.

  • Dennis Metz

    If you want to know if something is racist then every time you see anything about race reverse the race and then see what you think. how do you think blacks would feel if white politicians of today were flocking to the sermons of preachers that were preaching hate for blacks and jews? but that is obummer for you, he has said he would stand up for his Muslims. bottom line is one day whites will wake up and become tired of hearing blacks preach and preach hate for us. But in the meantime it is ok for the panthers to call for the killing of whites and their babies and obumer and other blacks get behind them or do not condemn them. but do not say crap bad about a Muslim or obummer pos will be all over it. it is ok to hate whites and blacks can get away with being as racist as they please. and black leaders and politicians can go to the sermon of racist people calling for others to die and it is normal for them. people have come to accept blacks as racist and look the other way when they spout their racist views. people are afraid to call them racist for fear they will be called racist. you do nto see obummer crying about farrakhoon preaching about killing JEWS.

  • petra

    Okely dokely, doj, let’s see the same action/threats against those who have made careers of trashing Judaism and Christianity.

    Won’t do it, will you!

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  • KnowledgeCubed

    Perception is key in understanding what motivates actions. Equal justice under the law is not a decree by man but the natural state of peace, the laws of nature makes no determination between one individual or the other, and so the Christians who founded this country made that law king. The objective of our Christian founders was a government that promoted and protected the natural state of peace- that’s not opinion that’s history. Our observation of reality is what creates our perception, and for many the only “reality” they get are liars – which is what evil is. Liars are intent to control your reality, which forms your perceptions, which gives motivation to your actions – you become servant to evil. It is not the liars’ actions against their enemy that causes chaos, it’s the blatant disregard to the natural order (reality) that accelerates chaos (decay.)

  • FadMan

    Anyone protesting this event?!(Other than me from the designated ‘free speech’ zone (here in Colorado)?)
    If you want a little ‘light-hearted’ Islam bashing…visit thenewsofthefutur.blogspot.com for an alternate analysis of the cause of global Islamic jihad (the jihad facade) as it may be explained by homosexuality/beastiality data on Islamic countries and terrorists.

  • Mandy Manners

    Killian is trying to tell the residents of the Volunteer State what they can and cannot say?

    Good luck with that, Killian.

  • PaNeil

    Does this apply to anti-Christian postings?

  • TaskForce16

    I want to know what laws the DOJ are talking about. When did Congress pass such laws? And if it didn’t, what gives the DOJ the authority to “make up” laws on their own? Where in the Constitution does the Executive branch and/or its agencies derive their authorty to make law, or enforce laws not made by Congress?

  • Lindarosemary

    The real TYRANNY has begun. Make no mistake the demonziing of Christians and forbidden posting against Islam is just the beginning.

  • Linda s

    I have a good idea, send all their men to meet their virgins. Surely this would make their women happy !

  • Linda s

    To hell with the muslim civil rights.! When they stop trashing Christians and Jews then, just may be, I will stop trashing the servants of satan, muslims. islam is a religion from hell. There is NOTHING peaceful about it. They should be treated the same way they treat Christians and Jews in their countries. Frankly, I am sick of the terrorist residing in our White House catering to the killers ! Wake UP America ! The muslims and mexicans are taking over our country ! How stupid is it that our nation sends billions of dollars to those idiot countries who hate us ? America turned the other cheek when we sent our troops to their countries to liberate the people from their ruling tyrants, did we even get a “thank you”? Now it is time for these idiots to kiss our butts !

  • R

    I piss on the coran every day. allah is a filthy pig.

    come get me DOJ

  • snowstormsef

    hey DOJ im going to facebook and say islamists are devils you bunch of commies

  • PatriotGeek

    How is it even possible that ANY lawyer in this country would think that, basically, hurting someone’s feelings trumps MY First Amendment Right to FREE SPEECH? Has this entire country gone insane? I live in Tennessee and I plan on going down to Manchester to protest this travesty. Tuesday night at 6:30pm.

  • preacherjoel

    It is a lie that “Christians” were responsible for the Oklahoma City bombing or the Sikh shootings. The Oklahoma City bombing was anti- U.S. government. The Sikh shootings were anti- Muslim or anti-Sikh. Neither of the perpetrators were Christian, and to say the were Christian is wrong.

  • KatVonClawswits

    Um, I thought we had a constitutionally protected right to freedom of speech. As long as people are allowed to trash other religions online in social media then there can be no special exemption for Islam.

  • HiredMind

    This cannot stand. But if it should stand (against all decency and freedom), let us start with this Army officer: http://radio.foxnews.com/toddstarnes/top-stories/army-labeled-evangelicals-as-religious-extremism.html

    He blatantly labeled all Christian Evangelicals “extremists”, and has violated their civil rights.

  • Tazzy

    Oklahoma City was not an act of terrorism by Christians. It was an anti-government attack. And, no, the Sikh temple guy was not a Christian either. He was anti-Muslim, but being anti-Muslim doesn’t make one a Christian.

  • Scooby

    It apparently is a one way street with this administration. Islamists can trash conservatives and Christians, but try to defend yourself and you find DOJ on your doorstep? WTH

  • jihadihunter1

    The department of Justice and Dept of State under Hillary Clinton have been leading the charge to enforce Sharia Slander laws in America. She stated as much in a meeting in Turkey with the Secretary General of the OIC (Ishanghul) and President of Turkey Erdogan. Much has been enforced by the use of disturbance laws against American citizens when the speak up against Islamism. This is of course in accordance with the OIC organization of Islamic Cooperative “10 year Plan” to make any speech offensive to Allah, the prophet, Islam or a Muslim a crime world wide. UN Resolution 16/18 goes to the heart of the matter. Hillary said that in America she would use good old fashioned PEER Pressure and Shaming to do this…but was followed up with statement from another dept official that the would move to criminalize such speech. This is in direct opposition to 1st Amendment

  • thunderbolt

    Islam, unlike Christianity, contains the theological justification for terrorism, discrimination, and repression. The alleged “Christian” acts of terrorism were not done in the name of Christianity nor was it endorsed and supported by current Christian theology.

  • KGB

    Christians and conservatives no longer have civil rights. We are all racist terrorists. Our current administration considers radical Muslims and Somali pirates friends and wants to have a good relationship with them. Their riots and murders are merely protests to react from the free food, housing, jobs, and benefits that they are forced to receive from our government. Our dear administration is afraid that if the poor dears are offended, their plans to convert our nation to Islam will be delayed. Since we are the known terrorists, wanting to defend our way of life and the protections put in place by the Constitution, we must be stopped by any means possible. Armed Black panthers preventing white people from voting are merely keeping the polls safe for innocent Blacks, who might otherwise be intimidated when they go in for their third round of voting. Remember the Chicago Rule, “Vote Early, Vote Often”, only applies to Blacks and liberals.

  • kylefclark

    Utterly asinine to say the least! There are Muslims, and there are radical Muslims that wish to do America harm. But the demented reasoning of BO and his puppet administration, can’t grasp reality due to their challenged mentality!

  • gah

    I’ve seen far more anti-Christian stuff here in the US than anti-Islamic. Hardly a day goes by that someone, on TV, radio, newspapers, and the internet, makes anti-Christian remarks. Is Eric Holder concerned about the Civil Rights of Christians, or is he only concerned about the civil rights of Muslims? Personally, I think that Islam should be fair game for criticism, just as Christianity is, it’s all part of freedom of speech, and freedom of the press.

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