Monday, April 17, 2006

Sorry, CAIR, We Still Have Free speech For Now!

A federal appeals court upheld the dismissal of a $2 million dollar defamation lawsuit brought against former U.S. Rep. Cass Ballenger.

CAIR filed the suit after Ballenger gave an interview with the Charlotte Observer said that CAIR raises funds for terrorists "with actual malice, wrongful and willful intent to injure and with reckless disregard for its truth or falsity."

"Diagonally across from my house, up goes a sign, " CAIR the fund-raising arm for Hezbollah," said Ballenger, according to the Observer, referring to the Lebanese group regarded by the U.S. as a terrorist organization. "I reported them to the FBI and CIA."

Go, Ballenger, go!

CAIR filed suit with the statement that they wanted to send
"a clear message to all those who make malicious and defamatory statements against American Muslims or their institutions that they will be held accountable in a court of law."

Ballenger was already retired when he made his remarks, and so his statement is protected as freespeechh because he did not make them within his role as a member of the House of Representatives.

CAIR spokesman Ibrahim Hooper of course called Ballenger a bigot, but it should be noted that in 1993 he said Islam is not in America to be equal to other religions, but to dominate. In his interview with the Minneapolis Star Tribune, he said he wants the U.S. to be a Muslim country.

"I wouldn't want to create the impression that I wouldn't like the government of the United States to be Islamic sometime in the future," Hooper told the paper. "But I'm not going to do anything violent to promote that. I'm going to do it through education."

A little legal jihad? CAIR is not stupid; they know that they cannot defeat America in an out-and-out fight, so they are waging jihad in our courts and schools. We had better wake up and stop them! Thank you to this Federal Appeals court for not breaking under CAIR's pressure!

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