Muslims rally in Dearborn Michigan to limit free speech
Muslim activists in Dearborn, Michigan called for putting limits on American free speech at a Dearborn rally on Friday.
“There is a need for deterrent legal measures against those individuals or groups that want to damage relations between people, spread hate and incite violence,” said Arab-American News publisher Osama Siblani, a self-proclaimed “moderate” Muslim.
The Dearborn organizers seek an international law banning what they define as anti-Mohammed speech that would supersede American law. The rally comes just days after President Obama reaffirmed America’s commitment to free speech in a U.N. address.
Over 1,000 activists gathered still claiming the Muhammad video is to blame for the uprising in the Middle East.
“We firmly reject the actions by those who abuse the universal right of free speech to sow the seeds of hate and discord against the religious beliefs of others,” Siblani added.
“Say No to Hate-Mongering, Say No to Islamophobia,” said a banner at the Ford Performing Arts & Community Center.
Among those speaking at the event were Rep. John Conyers (D-MI), Wayne County Circuit Court Judge Richard Halloran, and civil rights leaders like Donnell White, executive director of the Detroit branch of the NAACP.
“United we stand, divided we fall,” White said. “We stand with you as our brothers and sisters.”
“We need to speak out against discrimination against Islam,” Judge Halloran said.
Payne notes that the rally “comes at a time when hate crimes toward Muslims in America have dropped more 50 percent in a decade.”
From The Detroit News: http://apps.detnews.com/apps/blogs/watercooler/index.php?blogid=5561#ixzz27xQc1tfs
From The Detroit News: http://apps.detnews.com/apps/blogs/watercooler/index.php?blogid=5561#ixzz27xQKF8tC
From The Detroit News: http://apps.detnews.com/apps/blogs/watercooler/index.php?blogid=5561#ixzz27xQ2Q5kY