An Important Event for Bloggers on Islam


May 8, 2009

The Legal Project ofthe Middle East Forum The FederalistSociety Center forNational Security Law The Thomas Jefferson Center
for the Protection of
Free Expression


Silencing Criticism of Radical Islam

Tuesday, May 19th, 2009

9:30 am – 4:00 pm

The Capital Hilton Hotel

1001 16th Street NW

Washington D.C., 20036

Islamists have launched a two-pronged effort to suppress free discourse on

such subjects as Islam, radical Islam, terrorism, and terrorist funding:

  • By filing predatory lawsuits.
  • By passing “hate speech” and defamation laws.

Victims of these “lawfare” attacks have included the famous and the obscure, politicians,

journalists, analysts and plain citizens.

This inhibition has great consequences, for when discussion of Islam and terrorism are

limited, radical Islam is empowered and Western civilization is imperiled.

Issues to be discussed on May 19 include: A close analysis of Islamist methods;

the possible need for legislation to protect free speech on these topics; a comparison of the

situation in Europe and the United States; and ways to prevent the United Nations from curtailing

discussion of Islam.


9:30 a.m. Registration & Complimentary Coffee, Tea and Biscuits
10:00 a.m. Welcome & Address by Senator Arlen Specter
10:30 a.m. Panel discussion: Islamist Lawfare in the United States
12:15 p.m. Private lunch (By invitation only)
2:00 p.m. Panel discussion: Islamist Lawfare in Europe, Canada and at the United Nations
3:45 p.m. Closing Remarks

Confirmed speakers include:


Alan Dershowitz (Felix Frankfurter Professor of Law, Harvard Law School)
Frank Gaffney (President, the Center for Security Policy)
David Harris (Senior Fellow, Canadian Coalition for Democracies)
Andrew McCarthy (Director, Center for Law and Counterterrorism at the

Foundation for the Defense of Democracies)

Alan Mendoza (Executive Director, The Henry Jackson Society)

Douglas Murray (Director, The Centre for Social Cohesion)
Daniel Pipes (Director, Middle East Forum)
David Rivkin (Attorney at law, Baker Hostetler)
James Taranto (Columnist, The Wall Street Journal)
Senator Arlen Specter

Business attire required. The conference is gratis. Space is limited.

Reservations required; please RSVP by May 17 

or Rebecca Ferreira at 215-546-5406, ext. 20. Photo identification required at registration.

This conference is substantially funded by the Middle East Forum, which thanks

an anonymous donor for his generosity.