An Islamic group with ties to noted Al-Qaeda members, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, and Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, met for a conference near Chicago today. Hizb ut-Tahrir, the group sponsoring the event, entitled the conference, “The Fall of Capitalism and The Rise of Islam.”
Fox News reports that the group name was clearly placed on the group application, however, the conference title was unknown until the signed contract was returned. Contracts no longer come with verbiage about “defamatory” or “obscene” conference topics as grounds for nullification?
Please note the irony in the following:
In May of this year, Sonja Eddings Brown, Deputy Communications Director for Proposition 8 Protect Marriage in California, was entrusted with the task of finding a venue to hold the inevitable press conference that would be held in the wake of whatever decision the California Supreme Court would make with regard to the disposition of Prop 8.
After consulting a slew of hotels not wanting to be associated with the passage of such a “controversial” case, (one of which, ironically, was the very chain at which the Islamic conference was eventually held), Ms. Eddings Brown was finally contacted by a DoubleTree Hotel in Orange County, CA, and was invited to host the event there.
The First Amendment of the United States Constitution reads:
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
The “religious freedom” under this amendment states we have the right to “peaceably assemble,” however, Sonja Eddings Brown was turned down by a multiplicity of potential host sites where she was merely to speak to the press, a clearly non-violent activity. Yet, a group with connections to men who had recognizable roles in the most horrific act of terrorism on US soil is welcomed with open arms while they conduct recruitment efforts?
The House Judiciary Committee recently voted to send a federal “hate crimes” bill to the House, a bill which would make churches preaching Biblical prohibition of homosexuality a punishable offense.
In this article, we’ve discussed one group openly seeking to add terrorists to their ranks, and who are anti-US. The other group tried to exercise First Amendment rights to free speech, but, because their objections to homosexuality stem from their adherence to Christian doctrine, they are considered “homophobic bigots.” The first group gathers to engage in defamatory speech, which could incite violence against our country and our government. The second merely speaks what they believe their religious document, the Bible, says, in their (currently protected) right to worship.
The Islamic group does not meet the government “litmus test” for hate speech, though they are gathered for the express purpose of speaking ill of United States policy, and are part of a fundamental religious sect known for violence against the US. Further, Hizb ut-Tahrir does not appear on any governmental terror watch list. Conversely, Christians who believe homosexuality is prohibited by Scripture may, at some point in the not-too-distant future, be prosecuted for speaking against Prop 8, gay marriage, or homosexuality, in their religious assemblies.
Am I the only one to see the First Amendment irony in this?