CAIR’s idea of a ‘Civil Liberties’ Lecture


A publicly advertised community event but only Muslims are welcome. One non-Muslim, Alan Kornman, from The United West, who showed up with press credentials, was reluctantly allowed in but warned that no audio or video recording was permitted, on threat of prosecution. Women had to sit segregated from men behind a curtain.

FSM  On Saturday night June 9, 2012, the Council on American Islamic Relations Tampa Director Hassan Shibly, Esq., presented a “Know Your Rights Civil Liberties Conference” at the Masjid Al-Bir in Kissimmee, Florida.    

The speaker, Hassan Shibley, a well-known troublemaker from CAIR and allegedly an American Civil Rights litigation jihadist, who riled up the Tampa community of Hillsborough when he attempted to indoctrinate public high school students with Islamic propaganda in a series of lectures. Thankfully he was stopped by the community before he could poison young non-Muslim minds.

In an attempt to silence reporter Kornman, Shibley announced at the start of the seminar the following:

“Notes for personal purposes exclusively are allowed, other than that they are not allowed.  So for personal education purposes, so you understand.  Anyone writing for the purposes of defaming the Muslim community or writing about the Muslim community or like, that would be considered trespassing, thank you.”

In other words, writing the truth about Islam is considered trespassing?

Kornman writes, Mr. Shibly is an American civil rights lawyer using our laws as a billy club to deny this reporter his first amendment rights. Mr. Shibly, your proclamation that a person cannot defame or write unflatteringly about the Muslim Community is patently offensive to America’s right to freedom of speech, especially at a self-described “civil liberties conference.”   

Mr. Shibly is trying to limit this reporter’s 1st Amendment right to comment on anything that may be “defaming” the Muslim community.  That is not only absurd, it could not be under any circumstances a “trespass” under applicable statutes and case law, see Winselmann v. Reynolds.  There is additional case law backing up this reporter’s claim however, this article’s purpose is not to go into the weeds on legal theory but to show one or two examples exposing where Mr. Shibly’s threats and legal knowledge are intended as nothing more than adult bullying tactics.