Thought Crime: California prosecutes man for criticizing Islam on Facebook

The State of California is prosecuting Mark Feigin, 41, for posting insulting comments on the Islamic Center of Southern California (ICSC)’s Facebook page.

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra maintains that Feigin does not have the protection of the U.S. Constitution’s First Amendment free speech right because his insults are in violation of Cal. Penal Code § 653m(b), which says:

Every person who, with intent to annoy or harass, makes repeated telephone calls or makes repeated contact by means of an electronic communication device … to another person is … guilty of a misdemeanor. Nothing in this subdivision shall apply to telephone calls or electronic contacts made in good faith or during the ordinary course and scope of business.

According to People of the State of California v. Mark Lucian Feigin, between Sept. 17 and Sept. 25, 2016, Feigin posted five insulting comments on ICSC’s Facebook page, before ICSC banned him from commenting further:

  1. “THE TERROR HIKE … SOUNDS LIKE FUN” (written in response to the ICSC’s “Sunset Hike” announcement).
  4. “Islam is dangerous – fact: the more muslim savages we allow into america – the more terror we will see -this is a fact which is undeniable.”
  5. “Filthy muslim shit has no place in western civilization.”

Becerra maintains that:

  • Feigin’s insults violated Cal. Penal Code § 653m(b) because his intent was to annoy and harass:
    • “his repeated annoying and harassing posts on the ICSC Facebook page were made with the specific intent to annoy and harass the members of the ICSC”.
    • “Rather than attempt to engage in discussion or debate, Defendant’s posts are cruel and pointedly aimed at dismissing an entire religion and those who practice it.”
  • Having violated Cal. Penal Code § 653m(b), Feigin is no longer protected by the First Amendment right of free speech — “It is unlikely that a person could engage in the proscribed conduct and still enjoy constitutional protection.”
  • Furthermore, while Feigin “can post whatever he pleases on his own Facebook page,” his First Amendment right of free speech does not extend to him going “go to another Facebook page and post whatever he likes, free of consequence for his actions.”

Becerra concludes: “Protected speech? Political speech? Defendant’s posts on the ICSC Facebook page are neither of those things.”

It’s not just California’s attorney general who’s hostile to free speech.

InfoWars points out that a 2017 survey by the Berkeley Institute of Governmental Studies found that a majority of registered voters in California (46%) believed that “We have gone too far in allowing” demonstrations by white nationalists, whereas 43% still believed that “the right to demonstrate should not be restricted”.

Although, not surprisingly, Democrats (53%) and Liberals (49% of “very liberal” and 58% of liberals) are more hostile to white nationalists’ right to demonstrate, as much as 42% of Californian Republicans and 43% of Conservatives also believe that white nationalists should not be allowed to demonstrate.

And although, as expected, non-whites are more inclined to restrict white nationalists’ right to demonstrate, as many as 40% of non-Hispanic white Californians also believe that white nationalists should not have the free speech right that the Constitution accords to everyone.

H/t Reason


52 responses to “Thought Crime: California prosecutes man for criticizing Islam on Facebook

  1. Dr Eowyn . . . . just looking at these numbers confirms my belief that many, many of the Californians who travel North to Oregon to take up residence, bring with them their demented political leanings. They are now able to out-vote conservatives in all of the major city areas–Portland, Salem, Clackamas-Oregon City, Corvallis, Beaverton, etc. I would not mind if they would have stayed put in CA, but bringing this deviant mind set up North is beyond the pale! Some have traveled further North to Seattle area, which is why they are also struggling with such liberal laws being enacted.

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    • Auntie,
      I don’t blame you one bit for feeling the way you do.
      These nutcases and their illegal alien buddies need to be relocated to a deserted island somewhere and live with the consequences of their own messed up laws and lifestyle choices.

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      • MomOfIV . . . . You come up with the best solutions! I’ll vote for that one. It is terribly disheartening. My grandparents settled in St. Johns, which is a geographical location, which is now a part of Portland proper. This happened, or at least they purchased their property, which is still in the family in June of 1918, so this next June it will be 100 years. Since all of us siblings live within about 1.2 miles of where they settled, it would be impossible at our ages to uproot ourselves and move elsewhere. I had more recently thought that moving to Idaho might be a good thing–then on the news it came out that there is a rush of folks wanting to move both to Idaho and Utah. I suppose they will also bring their libtards ways with them, so that eventually those last bastions of freedom will be “cucked” up also.

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    • The cancer known as californians has infected Colorado too.
      With housing cost going thru the roof here,hopefully they will stay where they are

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      • grizz1 . . . . Yes, the Californian plague creeps into surrounding states, they are able to sell properties at majorly inflated prices, bring “their big bucks” with them and they are able to outbid people whose families have lived in their respective states for decades. In effect displacing the very people who have helped to build up their state, sometimes for multi-generations. Other people who do not suffer from this dilemma, just do not have any concept of what it feels like to have an invading army come in and virtually take over. I am sorry that you too are experiencing this horrendous problem. I agree they should stay in California. Unfortunately, when they move to the other states, in an effort to get away from the very things that they hate in CA, they come in and immediately campaign to instill the very laws and ways of doing things that have ruined the state of CA. Here in Portland, you might as well call the Portland City Council . . . Moscow on the Willamette.

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  2. That’s his punishment for living in the Land of Fruits and Nuts. It is time for this lawless state to secede from the Union.

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  3. “It is time for this lawless state to secede from the Union.” What can we do to help that to happen?

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    • God is in charge….the Big One is not far off! Though, I do pray for the innocents!

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      • Teri . . . I certainly do agree with you, there are many good and righteous, innocent people living in California. Many just cannot pickup and leave. All of our prayers need to plead that the innocents be spared the problems of the tumultuous goings on in the State of California.

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  4. so, commiefornia is above the Constitution and the federal govt?
    The man communicated truth through his comments (which is protected by the 1st Amendment, I don’t care what the progressive libtards in commiefornia think) and for that he will be prosecuted by the filthy liars in the state of commiefornia…and, of course, the federal govt turns a blind eye to the goings on in commiefornia because commiefornia is the whore of the federal govt. because it will bend over and do whatever the federal govt wants as long as it’s against traditional values in exchange for a few fiat bucks. which reminds me, commifornia is broke (financially and morally broke)…yet, they can afford to waste taxpayers’ dollars searching the internet to prosecute people for not being PC and expressing what they consider to be “thought crimes”?
    the federal govt will encourage state sovereignty with commiefornia by their inaction from keeping these lying, cheating, fraudulent, deceptive, satanic thugsters we call “lawmakers” in check….of course, if a red state tried to do the opposite (in the name of protecting traditional family values) of what commiefornia has done and is doing to the citizenry they, and their judges, would be all over that state….citing constitutional rights
    I pray Feigin is victorious against satan’s minions we call “lawmakers” in this corrupt and bankrupt state of undemocracy AKA commiefornia.

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    • MomOfIV . . . . Bravo! You have really nailed it. Prosecuting someone for this kind of boloney, but illegals who kill at will, are not brought to anything resembling justice.

      My mind keeps going back to a question: If the facts of this “criminal activity” were changed around a little bit, so that it was a Muslim who was writing on someone else’s Facebook page . . . . would the State of California go ahead and prosecute that person ??? I shudder to think . . . probably not! But, I would like to know for sure.

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  5. Dig a little and you will find evil Soros behind the libtards…

    Soros’ son builds a PAC for Jewish voters (Becerra one of their first endorsements through the Bend the Arc Jewish Action PAC):

    Soros Fund Management donated to Becerra:

    One of Becerra’s largest contributors has been DreamWorks, owned by the Jews Katzenberg, Speilberg and Geffen:

    Another large contributor to Becerra is Oaktree Capital Management, of which the founders are Jewish:

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  6. Becerra, along with courting Jewish voters, courts the Muslims as well.

    Becerra was a keynote speaker at the Muslim Public Affairs Council 16th annual convention:

    UCI Law Symposium: Contemporary Legal Threats and Opportunities Facing American Muslims Featuring California Attorney General Xavier Becerra:

    Speakers from around the globe gathered at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, DC Aug. 7-9 1998, to discuss Muslim issues at the 2nd International Islamic Unity Conference. Under the auspices of the Islamic Supreme Council of America and its founder, Shaykh Muhammad Hisham Kabbani, religious and political leaders alike gathered to address concerns facing the Islamic community and to “condemn the oppression of Muslims worldwide”. Muslims involved in the process of U.S. policymaking gathered for a panel entitled “How to Create Public Policy.” Arshi Siddiqui, legislative aide to Congressman Xavier Becerra, stressed that Muslim Americans should not only form relationships with congressmen, but with congressional staff members as well:

    He also has the support of terrorist-supporting organization CAIR: The California chapter of the Council on American-Islamic-Relations (CAIR-CA), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today applauded Representative Xavier Becerra’s statement rejecting a proposed “registry” for Muslim immigrants:

    “[CAIR-LA’s] work of promoting justice and mutual understanding is a testament of your values of justice and equality.” -Rep. Xavier Becerra (D-Calif.) (November 2016):

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  7. So GOVERNMENT must control “insults”? I liked it better when we had a First Amendment and could say anything we liked. People were free to be offended, or not, all they wanted. I didn’t ask anyone to “protect” me from “insults”, did you?

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    • I wonder what will they do when a liberal offends another liberal?

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    • No I sure didn’t ask to be protected either but these communists and their tools feign that they are all so fricking sensitive while they can sure dish it out the venom. The plethora of anti White twitter and you tube etc. material is staggering, yet none of these ” authorities” manages to sensor the leftist venom on Europeans. I mean really, This guy ( Jew) Noel Ignatiev was or is still working as a professor and getting away with the most outlandish and vile statements and he is not even fired for or reprimanded- indeed his vile rhetoric has spread.
      “The goal of abolishing the white race is on its face so desirable that some may find it hard to believe that it could incur any opposition other than from committed white supremacists……..
      “Make no mistake about it: we intend to keep bashing the dead white males, and the live ones, and the females too, until the social construct known as ‘the white race’ is destroyed—not ‘deconstructed’ but destroyed.”

      As for my compatriots here, I wish you would stop lumping all Californians together. I was born here as was my mother. There are still pockets of Conservatives but basically our votes don’t count, and that is why 250,000 people have left this state with billions in assets. When they chase all the White folks out who is going to pay for all the damn illegals and all the minority benefits?

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      • Anyone who studies the Jews knows the goal. As a test of the conditioning, I don’t think you could have gotten away with this 15 or 20 years ago. Then the focus was on “equal” rights, not “special” rights. You don’t have to be a lawyer to read the law on this, it is quite clear.

        This professor demonstrates overtly what most believe covertly. That part is not as surprising as the support he seems to get from self-hating whites. Somebody who does that must be lacking all self-esteem and totally servile. That’s quite an accomplishment for the mind-control contingent.

        If this creep starts advocating violence someone should call the (cough!) FBI. In the meantime, writing this college to express our displeasure is also exercising First Amendment rights. The long and short of it is that this guy is a pig.

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      • By the way, I was born in California too. I was raised there as well. I left there because of what it became, not how it was.

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    • lophatt . . . . Amen to that! Years ago, perhaps people had thicker skin, now we must all run to the corrupt courts to have things adjudicated. I only saving grace (I guess) is that this inclination puts the big dollars in the pockets of lawyers. Even as far back as Biblical times, lawyers were kind of the root of all problems. Things have not changed in all these millennia.

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      • As Billy the Kid is alleged to have said; “Let’s kill all the lawyers, kill ’em tonight”. There’s also a Don Henley song “Get Over It” with that line in it. It also has another line I like “….why don’t you find your inner child and kick its little ass?”.

        Lawyers are opportunists that largely feed on human misery. I think that’s the nature of the trade. I used to do a lot of legal work and I guarantee you most people’s idea of what that is and what is really is is very different.

        Because of living in a period where our entire structure Is under assault, we tend to get lost in responding to each attack rather than looking at the phenomena as a whole. To my knowledge, nobody (other than Jews and their bought-and-paid-for political parasites) asks the Government to do social engineering.

        In fact I’m not the least bit interested in what the Government thinks about anything. In my view they shouldn’t have a thought unless their bosses (us) are asking for one. Instead, everywhere I look I see overreach. I see little tin Demi-gods who have been in D.C. since Custer was a corporal running all the scams their owners pay them for. The longer this goes on the cockier they become.

        Look at Sessions. He won’t ask for an indictment for Clinton but he wants to chase pot smokers. Why? Because the private prison corporations pay him to do that. He’s as much as a slime mold as Howdy Doody, the former FBI scoundrel.

        I have never seen the like of it and I have low standards.

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    • Lophat snowflakes are very delicate and we must not make the black boys angry.

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  8. What is the Facebook page, I’m not in California !


  9. Like Venezuela, Californias problems are self-made. If they abandon socialism, they can expect their state to thrive again.

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    • TD . . . . No one of sane mind can contradict that . . . truly they have brought all these horrendous problems upon themselves . . . and they are bankrupt both morally and financially because of it.

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  10. State law doesn’t trump federal law or the Constitution, but Democrat commies in California forget that. (Unless they actually secede and declare independence… but they’d lose all that federal $$$.)

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    • these commiefornia liberal lawmakers are so dumb, they probably think they could secede commiefornia from the union AND still get federal dollars afterwards

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      • MomOfIV . . . . I rather think that you are correct. They just don’t get the idea that you should not bite the hand that feeds ya! I still lament the fact that President Trump’s edict to cut off federal funds to California since they have refused to get in line over the “immigration issue” was struck down in court. Why should the rest of the taxpayers in this nation be called on to pump their tax dollars into any state that obstructs the observance of our Constitution. Since the courts do not find that to be a proper means of bringing them to heel . . . the only way left is to start indicting, starting with that joke of a Governor.

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      • It wasn’t too long ago that one of the Obongo judges declared just that. He claimed that Trump couldn’t withhold federal funds, no matter what the state did.

        We need to remember that the state is just a place. It is a beautiful place. It has a little of everything. Growing up there was great. It wasn’t a “grassroots” surge to communism. These opportunistic, globalist fodder took over. Once in place they attracted more of their own.

        That said, the leadership of California has been terrible for many years. I could do a week on it. Right now it is part of a “soft coup”. The residents did not instigate this. The illegals and the college students will go along with it, but many do not.

        I still advise getting out. It’s too far gone and it will take some vary serious trouble to straighten it out.

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        • “It’s too far gone and it will take some vary serious trouble to straighten it out.”
          it definitely seems like commiefornia is a sinking ship….I pray still:
          ‘God’s will be done.’

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    • Anonymous . . . . Now why is it that these bean-brains don’t actually know that “State law doesn’t trump federal law or the Constitution . . .” The only remedy for this is that government officials who promote any ideas that are contrary to federal law, or our Constitution should be brought up on charges. Wow! I’ll just bet a few indictments would bring around a real change in the attitude of those holding political office!

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  11. Should Becerra and those who appointed and support go to a place where their beliefs are honored. Say Cuba or Venezuela or maybe North Korea.

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    • Waco Bob . . . . Bravo! Most excellent idea. I’d just bet that many of us would chip in to purchase tickets for them to fly away as soon as tomorrow.

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  12. I think Facebook has turned into a governmental narc. A couple of Marines stationed in Ca. Trashed talked about Obama and they were both arrested. Free speech is only for the left.

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  13. >>… California Attorney General Xavier Becerra

    I want to see that phuqer’s papers!! Dollars to donuts that fascist communist is here illegally!

    ~ D-FensDogG
    Stephen T. McCarthy Reviews…

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  15. Something seems very fishy here. Couldn’t the ICSC simply have blocked Feigin from posting on its page and deleted his posts? Are the ICSC and Becerra deliberately making an example of Feigin? People say nasty things to others all the time, whether deserved or not, and the usual solution is to either shrug it off or, if the government is called in, to simply order the other person to cease and desist. A mountain has been made from a molehill. I wonder if this is a test case.

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    • Bingo. They want to set a precedent. Not like the guy is making death threats, but as we can see it’s OK to do so if you’re threatening the president (who’s also a freemason), but don’t dare insult satanic muslim terrorists.

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