Jul 27 2009
Seven Islamic organizations lost an appeal of a free speech ruling in the Texas Second Court of Appeals, as the court upheld the rights of an internet journalist that pointed out ties of some American Islamic groups to terrorist groups.
Joe Kaufman was sued for libel by the Islamic Society of Arlington, Texas, Islamic Center of Irving, DFW Islamic Educational Center, Inc., Dar Elsalam Islamic Center, Al Hedayah Islamic Center, Islamic Association of Tarrant County, and Muslim American Society of Dallas. At issue was Mr. Kaufman’s September 28, 2007 article in which he covered the ties of the Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA) and the Islamic Association of Northern Texas (IANT) to the radical terrorist group Hamas. Neither ICNA nor IANT were plaintiffs in the suit. None of the seven plaintiffs were mentioned in the article.
The court issued a two page opinion upholding the dismissal of the libel suit, and upholding his rights as a journalist to appeal the lower court’s denial of his motion to dismiss the libel claim before a time-consuming and expensive trial. Usually, a defendant is required to wait until after a trial to appeal an unfavorable court ruling.
“It is gratifying to see our client’s First Amendment rights being upheld by this entire Texas Appeals Court,” said Richard Thompson, President and Chief Counsel of the Thomas More Law Center, which provided Mr. Kaufman’s lead attorney at no charge. “We do not yet know if these Islamic groups will try another appeal to the Texas Supreme Court, but this ruling is an indication of how strong this First Amendment case is. THE BULLETIN
I doubt that this will be enough to dissuade these Islamic groups, especially CAIR, from trying to force Americans to conform to their Shari’a laws which criminalizes insults to Islam, which is why they are pushing so hard to get Shari’a Law legalized here as they have in Great Britain. Although tying Islamic groups to terrorists isn’t an insult, it’s just the way it is.
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