Thursday, June 25, 2009

Maine Fines Group for ‘Inflammatory Anti-Muslim Message’

The state of Maine, USA, has fined and harassed the Christian Action Network (CAN) in an attempt to shield radical Muslim group Jamaat ul-Fuqra in the US from public scrutiny. Because the fines are based on Maine's unproven claim that CAN's permit to solicit as a non-profit group, one has to ask where the Muslim influence is and which state officials catered to them. It would also be interesting to know if there are any Muslims in state government positions that used their authority and influence to bring the charges.

This case has huge implications for free speech in America. If Maine is allowed to impose needing to have the governors permission to publish in the state, freedom of speech will be dead.

What I cannot understand is the large number of public officials in America who actively defend Islamic Jihad by prosecuting and harassing anyone who has any criticism of Islam. Just what are they thinking? Just what power does the local Muslim community have over the Governor?


Maine Fines Group for ‘Inflammatory Anti-Muslim Message’
Posted By Patrick Poole On June 25, 2009 @ 12:35 am

An organization in the national spotlight recently for producing a documentary identifying several dozen potential terrorist training compounds in the U.S. has offended the sensibilities of Maine bureaucrats, who have fined the organization $4,000, alleging among other things that the group sent out mailings containing an “inflammatory anti-Muslim message.”

The group in question, the Christian Action Network (CAN), received notice of the fines and the fundraising ban in a May 6 letter from Elaine Thibodeau of the State of Maine’s [1] Department of Professional and Financial Regulation.
Enclosed in the letter was a prepared consent agreement for CAN to sign agreeing to all of the state’s allegations, waiving all rights to appeal, and agreeing to pay the $4,000 fine. As part of the consent agreement, CAN is required to agree to all of the state’s allegations, including their assertion that their mailing amounted to hate speech.

“These bogus charges and fines the State of Maine has imposed are nothing but an attempt to stifle our free speech and silence our organization from speaking out about the steady creep of radical Islam in America,” CAN president Martin Mawyer told Pajamas Media. “We fully intend to appeal the state’s penalties because if they successfully silence us here, we will quickly find that we won’t be able to speak out anywhere.”

CAN was in the news earlier this year following the release of their documentary, [2] Homegrown Jihad, which details dozens of compounds across the U.S. operated by Pakistani Sheikh Mubarak Gilani, who has previously been identified in State Department reports as a terrorist leader, and his group, [3] Jamaat al-Fuqra. The documentary looks into the past terrorist acts of the group in the U.S., including the assassination of two moderate Muslim leaders, the firebombing of non-Muslim religious facilities, and an [4] investigation by Colorado authorities that led to convictions and lengthy prison sentences. These activities have been covered in several FBI domestic terrorism reports and a more recent [5] assessment by the Center for Policing Terrorism. Other prominent convicted terrorists, including “shoe-bomber” Richard Reid, D.C. Beltway sniper John Allen Muhammad, and NYC landmarks bomb plotter Clement Rodney Hampton-El, have been identified as former members.