The room swells well beyond capacity
All eyes are on Tennessee tonight, as the fight for the very soul of America comes to a very small town: Manchester, Tennessee, a town no bigger than 10,000 people. (Almost 2,000 people were there.) This was the perhaps unlikely venue for a seminar led by a U.S. attorney and an FBI special agent on how "inflammatory" speech against Muslims violated civil rights laws. Nowhere was it ever explained how there could be honest examination of Islam's teachings of jihad that wouldn't be "inflammatory" -- and that was just the point.
There were close to 800 people filling the small room to way beyond capacity. The lines were three deep along the wall, with folks spilling out into the hallways -- plus many hundreds more outside. Those outside weren't missing much -- unless they were in the mood to be admonished and hectored as xenophobes, bigots and racists by an Islamic supremacist spokesman and two Obama officials who steadfastly refused to address the elephant in the room: the reality of jihad terror and Islamic supremacism, no matter how many times the boisterous crowd called them on their nonsense.
U.S. Attorney Bill Killian gave a power point presentation on hate crimes and hate speech. From beginning to end it was full of condescension, smears, charges that the crowd was racist, and thinly-veiled threats that truthful speech about Islam could be prosecuted. Never once did he address the fact that people aren't concerned about Muslims because of racism and xenophobia, but because of the reality of jihad terror and the uniform denial and obfuscation, and victimhood posturing, that follows from Muslim communities after every jihad attack. Killian even stooped so low as to claim a sharp rise in "religiously-motivated hate crimes," without ever informing the crowd that he was lumping in anti-Semitic hate crimes (which are at worldwide record levels, largely due to Islamic antisemitism) with anti-Muslim hate crimes. FBI special agent Kenneth Moore was little better. Both echoed the Islamic supremacist speaker's opening remarks, all about how the people of Tennessee had to learn to be welcoming of people who were different.
How did Pamela Geller get a sign in here???? http://t.co/LCuohI7rRl
— Lauri Day (@daytwoday) June 5, 2013
The crowd was having none of it, shouting "Boston!" "Free Speech!" and other responses after they would say something entirely ridiculous. A couple of people in the crowd got up and called out to the patriots to be quiet and let the speakers speak, and to be respectful, but the crowd was being just as respectful to Killian, Moore and Co. as the speakers were to them. It was good to see their condescending anti-freedom propaganda challenged. The speakers were only accepting questions written on cards, and people knew it was a horse and pony show. We are not going to go quietly into the night, or remain silent when we are lied to. This is just the beginning. We will not go away, we will not be silenced, and we will never stop fighting.