Via NC Renegade
In the middle of an event to extol the virtues of the U.S. Constitution
and “American Laws For American Courts,” the audience learned first-hand
how easy it is to lose their freedom of Speech and Assembly.
Amid shouts of “What about free speech?” from the audience,
the Allegan Police Department ordered the event shut-down. School
officials notified police that they had received a letter complaining
about the event from Dawud Walid, Executive Director of the Council on
American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MI). The letter asked the school to
disallow the event despite an existing contract. CAIR was named as an
unindicted co-conspirator in the largest terrorism funding trial in U.
S. history, U.S. v. Holy Land Foundation.
As a result, the Thomas More Law Center (TMLC), a national public
interest law firm based in Ann Arbor, Michigan, announced yesterday that
the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR- MI), its Executive
Director, the City of Allegan, theAllegan Police Department and the
School District were named as defendants in a thirty-four page civil
rights lawsuit filed in the Federal District Court for the Western
District of Michigan, this morning. The claims included constitutional
and contract violations. [Click here for copy of federal complaint]
Richard Thompson, President and Chief Counsel of the Law Center
commented, “It’s amazing how much clout CAIR has with the political
establishment of both parties in Lansing and throughout Michigan and the
nation. This, despite the fact that CAIR has its roots in the Muslim
Brotherhood, was listed as an unindicted co-conspirator in the Holy Land Foundation trial,
and the FBI’s former chief of counterterrorism, noted that CAIR, its
leaders, and its activities effectively give aid to international
Continued Thompson, “Press accounts make it clear that an indictment naming CAIR as a defendant in the Holy Land Foundation trial
was squelched by Attorney General Holder’s office despite vehement
objections by FBI agents and the federal prosecutors in Dallas.”
TMLC’s federal lawsuit was brought on behalf of State Representative
David Agema; a chapter leader of ACT! for America, Elizabeth Griffin;
Allegan County Commissioner, Willis Sage; and Mark Gurley, one of the
The event in question, entitled, “Constituting Michigan – Founding Principles Act” took place on January 26, 2012 at an Allegan High School auditorium which had been rented by Willis Sage.
The purpose of the event was to inform the public about the importance
of honoring the United States Constitution, to recognize the internal
threat to America posed by radical Muslims and the dangers to our free
society caused by the imposition of Sharia law.
At first the Allegan police chief police indicated he shut down the
event because of threats to one of the speakers, Kamal Saleem; however,
shortly thereafter, the chief admitted to a reporter that there was no
specific threat to the event and no real danger at all. In fact, no
specific threats of violence relating to the event were received by the
City of Allegan, its police department, the Allegan Public School
District or Allegan Public High School.
Police gave as their reason, the appearance of one of the featured
speakers, Kamal Saleem, a former Muslim terrorist who converted to
Christianity. Saleem has spoken at numerous high schools and
universities, Christian churches and Jewish temples across the nation.
He has also spoken at the U. S. Air Force Academy, Michigan’s State
Capital, and Ford Field in Detroit, Michigan. At no time before the
Allegan event or afterwards has an event where he has spoken been shut
down by law enforcement.
Sage notified the Allegan police chief ten days before the event and
invited him to check out the background of Saleem, which he never did.
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