Tuesday, October 4, 2011

UC Irvine Muslim Students found guilty of disrupting speech

The muslim students planned and executed an unrelenting heckling of Ambassador Oren of Israel at UC Irvine last year. His speech was prevented completely by the action of the students. This was not normal heckling. They stopped the entire program. At the time, Ambassador Oren told Dr. Michael Drake, chancellor of UCI, "What is at stake here is freedom of speech."
Prosecutor Dan Wagner told jurors the students acted as censors to block the free flow of ideas and infringed upon the rights of 700 people who had gone to the Irvine campus to hear Oren. 
"In this country, you get to protest. That's a vital component of our society," said Dan Stormer, the defendants' civil rights attorney. 
"We can't allow a group of people to shut down the free speech of our society. We can't allow them to use the 'heckler's veto,'" said Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckas.
Rabbi David Eliezrie wrote in Orange County Jewish Life October 2011:
This is why the trial is so crucial. It's not just UCI, but campuses nationwide. The strategy of radical Muslim students using intimidation and threats is a part of a broader conspiracy to inhibit Jews from standing up for Israel. It's working: during the recent conflict in Gaza, I suggested to community leaders that Jewish centers and synagogues put signs out in front saying, "We support Israel." None did except at our center in Yorba Linda. Most were worried about attacks from radical Muslims. One leader asked me, "What about the safety of congregants?"
Rabbi Eliezrie credits Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckas, a non-Jew, for realizing the scope of the danger, and states, because if the DA's courage, hopefully radical muslims will learn what democracy is all about.

I am proud of Rabbi Eliezrie and his courageous congregants. The Orthodox Jewish community of Chabad stood up to Muslim threats in Mumbai, India and around the world. We can learn a lesson from their bravery and loyalty to Israel.


Toyin O. said...

Interesting, thanks for sharing.

WoFat said...

I've often wondered why letting liberal hecklers shut down someone's address could be considered "freedom of speech." The leftist swine would have purple babies if it were done to them.

Quite Rightly said...

"Intimidation and threats" -- that's what these idiots are all about.

I wonder what their "community service" will be. Do you have any idea?

madmath1 said...

"None did except at our center in Yorba Linda. Most were worried about attacks from radical Muslims. One leader asked me, 'What about the safety of congregants?'" Of all the events as a results of these acts of "verbal terrorism", this one worries me the most. The "verbal terrorists" had their defense that the 1st amendment protects their terrorist acts has been rejected and will be a precedent for those that are considering expanding such. However, with other institution so worried about these savages coming for them, and it's not totally unjustified, many have been assassinated for less, the old proverb rings in my head, "Evil needs nothing more to proliferate than have good men do nothing". If they're going to be worried about terrorist acts against them and capitulate, then the terrorists have won.

Opus #6 said...

Madmath, that is the part that worries me the most as well. There is a war on. Our courage must be steadfast.

LL said...

Walk softly and carry a big stick.

Amusing Bunni said...

Good for the Rabbi! Those lousy "students" should have been jailed for disturbing the peace. Stand up to these jerks, or they'll do this everywhere.

The Conservative Lady said...

A great victory and hopefully a deterrent for the future. We must stand up for what is right, or they win.

Woodsterman (Odie) said...

I would prefer that while we're teaching the Muzloons about Freedom of Speech, we would also teach them about Deportation.

fuzzys dad said...

I agree with Odie on deportation.
A plane ride back to muzzy land.
Let the jump from the plane over their home land.Then in horror discover the parachute were actually back packs.