U.S. attorney who said criticizing Islam is a civil rights violation got booed by crowd of 300+

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William C. “Bill” Killian is the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Tennessee, the largest federal district in Tennessee with a population of approximately 2.6 million. As such, Killian is part of President Lucifer’s Department of (in)Justice.

Sworn in as U.S. Attorney on October 4, 2010, Killian is responsible for representing the legal interest of the United States and prosecuting federal criminal violations throughout the district’s 41 counties, which extend from Johnson County in northeastern Tennessee to Lincoln County in the middle of the state.

Tad Cronn writes for Godfather Politics, June 2, 2013, that Killian recently made some astounding remarks to the Tullahoma News — that “everybody needs to understand” that making comments that insult Islam on social media like Facebook are in violation of civil rights laws “as they play into freedom of religion and exercising freedom of religion,” all of which is under federal jurisdiction.

As justification, he brought up a Facebook posting by a Tennessee official, Coffee County Commissioner Barry West, which showed a shotgun pointing at the camera with a caption that said, “How to wink at a Muslim.” [West has since apologized.]

Killian said, “If a Muslim had posted ‘How to Wink at a Christian,’ could you imagine what would have happened?”

As a matter of fact, we can.

Nothing would have happened, as always, because Christianity is now the punching bag of the Left. (See “Obama blames Northern Ireland tensions on Catholic schools.”)

The good folks in the Eastern District of Tennessee did not take kindly to Killian’s threats.

On the evening of June 4, 2013, more than 300 of them showed up at the “Public Disclosure in a Diverse Society” event at the Manchester-Coffee County Conference Center in Manchester, TN.

Killian1Crowd booing attorney Killian. Photo by Doug Strickland /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

As reported by Ben Benton of TimesFreePress:

U.S. Attorney Bill Killian was greeted with shouts of “traitor,” “serpent,” and calls to “resign” or “go home” Tuesday night at an event aimed at improving relations between local residents and their Muslim neighbors. 

Killian and Kenneth Moore, special agent in charge of the FBI’s Knoxville office, were featured speakers before a hostile crowd of well over 300 at the “Public Disclosure in a Diverse Society” event at the Manchester-Coffee County Conference Center.

Killian2Attorney Bill Killian (l) and FBI Special Agent in Charge Kenneth Moore in the Manchester-Coffee County Conference Center. Photo by Doug Strickland.

Despite the noisy crowd, Killian began a dry delivery of information about hate crimes, civil rights and the federal laws that prescribe violations and penalties.

The event was sponsored by the American Muslim Advisory Council of Tennessee, which was formed two years ago when state lawmakers were considering legislation that would ban Sharia, the law followed by devout Muslims. Killian initially pitched the event as an effort at improving understanding and tolerance of Muslims and their religious beliefs.

He told the audience that despite 50 prosecutions and convictions of hate crimes in his district, “far too many people are still repeating the same vicious acts against the Arab-Muslim … ”

But he was cut off by shouts from the crowd.

State Sen. Mike Bell, R-Riceville, said he attended the event because “I had concerns when I read Bill Killian’s statement [announcing it].” After the event, Bell said he still was not certain of Killian’s position on free speech.

Outside, about an hour before the planned event, more than 200 protesters braved the 90-degree heat outside the conference center to hold up signs and sing patriotic songs. Some called it a “pre-rally” to gather those opposed to any encroachments on free speech.

[…] One man’s sign read: “In America, you are free to practice your religion, and I am free to insult it.”

Bell Buckle, Tenn., resident John Anderson, the sign’s author, said he wanted to know “why two federal employees are not looking into [Attorney General] Eric Holder” rather than holding the night’s event.

Residents inside at the meeting had similar feelings.

“Let me be clear, in this country, hateful speech is allowed,” Killian said. “It is protected by the freedom of speech part of the first amendment. “But if someone makes threats of violence, that is not protected speech and they will be prosecuted,” he said. “Likewise, if someone commits acts of violence under the guise of religious or other speech, they will be prosecuted for their violent acts.”

Killian said the same behaviors that lead to bullying in schools also lead to hate crimes and other acts of hate and violence.

First Amendment Center president and executive director Gene Policinski said […] that the details of the threat and the specificity of its target are significant in determining how federal law applies to comments made in a public forum. The threat “has to be likely, imminent and directed at a specific person,” Policinski said.

He said remarks such as those [“How to wink at a Muslim”] made by [Coffee County Commissioner Barry] West are protected speech. […]

“While [West’s] cartoon might be tasteless and crass and juvenile and even hateful, I think the founders of this nation provided for people to be able to express those views,” Policinski said. “When it comes to a public official, I think the market place idea is protected under the First Amendment, where voters can decide if this is the kind of person whose opinion and whose judgment they trust to hold public office.”

In all instances, the First Amendment “requires government to really demonstrate that it’s a true threat before they can restrict our speech,” he said.

H/t FOTM’s joworth

~Eowyn

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0 responses to “U.S. attorney who said criticizing Islam is a civil rights violation got booed by crowd of 300+

  1. Good… and keep booing these idiots…

     
  2. Lucy has clearly sent his Nazgul out to force the villages into submission. (Once again, I can hardly express my disgust that an Irish name, Killian, is associated with this stuff.)

     
  3. I’m happy that the people are rising up and protesting all this BS they are putting us through. Someone doesn’t want us to be American anymore and they are trying to suppress us and rob us of our rights…

     
  4. Telling the truth about Islam is not a violation of civil rights. What Islam intends to do to our laws and Constitution, changing them to Shari’a law IS. That is a violation of civil rights.

     
  5. “‘Killian said, “If a Muslim had posted ‘How to Wink at a Christian,’ could you imagine what would have happened?’ As a matter of fact, we can.”

    And to further that point, I personally believe that teaching evolution and EXCLUDING creationism by aTHEISTS(in my opinion, a type of “religion”), is an attack on my First Amendment rights, as well……by the GOVERNMENT, none-the-less! Not only that, it is an ENDORSEMENT of said “religion”……completely a violation of separation of church and state…….besides, evolution is a just a “theory”, as NOT one person is 60,000,000,000 years old. Lol

     
  6. These kinds of crowds need to appear nation wide at such events and DOJ officials, indeed all officials of this unlawful, usurping administration need to be fear the wrath of citizens. They need to know they will be held accountable for their loose, subjective understanding of not only our constitutional rights, but also of the scope of their authority. People need to wake up and get loud, in-your-face loud!

     
    • Just like the Brazilians are doing at this moment about their corrupt government…… 1,000,000+!

       
      • Exactly. If I remember correctly, isn’t Brazil’s current president a socialist? I think his name is Luna, which would be the perfect name for a barking moonbat, don’t you think?

         
  7. In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act.

     
  8. Thank you Dr. Eowyn for this informative post. Indeed, it is our right to freedom of speech that allows us to criticize Islam and any other religion or system of belief that we choose. As has been said in this post, Christianity has been the punching bag, especially Catholicism, more than any other faith, and the federal attorneys don’t care about that now, do they! Thus, they are inconsistent and hypocritical.

     
  9. Bill Killian can kiss my lily-white, libertarian arse.

    Then the traitor can start packing for North Korea, and take his family with him.

    There is nothing more dangerous to freedom and liberty in this country than a stinking commie puke with a Bar card – especially one that works for Herr Erich von Holderen’s “Justice” Department.

    -Dave

     
  10. A couple of comments:
    You can see video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vNv8QzS9B04

    The federal government (Clinton, Bush and Obama eras) has been importing Somalis for years in nearby Shelbyville to work in the Tyson chicken plant (and displace the US citizens). One reporter has written about it extensively:

    http://www.t-g.com/topic/somalia

    The made-by-New Yorkers, PBS-government TV “Welcome To Shelbyville” propaganda piece and federal spook lectures went over like a lead balloon. They have been importing these folks to Clarksville, Nashville, Kansas, Minn. and others also. Why do we need that McCain-Rubio amnesty bill so bad you think?

    Also, that is not even Mike Bell’s district. He is a good guy, so I am not surprised he made the trip.

    The federal government and the state media have worked real hard the last 12 years to make the boogie-man-in-a-turban the most hated life form in the US. Now the DOJ wants to import them and come lecture Bubba about how he is all wrong for believing them before (while the DOJ/FBI spy on you and ship illegal arms to Mexican drug lords).

     
  11. Just out of curiosity, the location of the relocation is interesting. With Tennessee being more centrally located, are these the same people being bussed into other states for voting? I remember someone from Ohio had written in and said busloads of Somails were brought in and they weren’t challenged. Ummm.

     
  12. “Every time I pick myself up from the ground,
    I look up to see a boot coming down”
    From the song ‘Big Brother’, Bumpass Rocks

    They want us to shut up and get in line – their line – . They’re drunk with power and think they can’t be touched.
    Well, The faithful need to reach out and touch someone!

     

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