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Freedom of Speech V. Freedom of Religion: Anti-Islam armed rally outside Phoenix mosque

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"If a government wants to learn how to manage growing Islamic problems, take some advice from Ottoman army officer Mustafa Kemal Ataturk. Ataturk abolished Islam by putting a complete ban on Islamic materials, demolishing mosques, and removing any traces of Islam in his country to get rid of the evil. Those who tried to revolt were put in their place, or basically killed".

"It is time for the UK to stop wasting their military abroad, but bring them to patrol their own streets and begin to remove Muslims. And it is vital time to plan and arrange deportation programs -- and even arrange new deportation programs for practicing Muslims born in England to be deported to their parent's country of origin."

Recently Washington, D.C.'s transit authority rejected anti-Islam ad of Pamela Geller who has made a career out of demonizing Islam and Muslims.

In recent months, anti-Muslim groups have been active in the United States, buying ads and staging demonstrations characterizing Islam as violent, often citing the murderous brutality of the so-called Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria.

"Almost two-thirds of Americans don't know a Muslim," according to Todd Green, a religion professor at Luther College in Iowa who studies Islamophobia. "What they know is ISIS, al Qaeda, and Charlie Hebdo," referencing the January attack on the Paris office of the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo that left 12 people dead over anger at the magazine's cartoons featuring the Prophet.

When terrorism is not terrorism

On April 10, 2015, FBI officials arrested and charged former 4th Congressional District candidate Robert R. Doggart of Signal Mountain, Tennessee in connection with a plot to kill residents and destroy the school and mosque of the Muslim village of Islamberg in Hancock, NY. Doggart planned to travel to Islamberg on April 11 to do some reconnaissance. However, the FBI arrested him before he could depart.

On April 24, Doggart entered into a plea agreement, pleading guilty to one count of making threats via the phone, and he will be fined up to $250,000 and spend as much as five years in prison pending a judge's approval of the deal.

He pleaded guilty to "interstate communication of threats," a charge that carries a sentence of between 0 and 5 years in prison, along with a fine. He was not charged with terrorism, or even with a hate crime. He wasn't even charged with "conspiracy" despite having talked to numerous individuals around the country to plan his attack. And despite his murderous threats and the fact the he is armed, he is currently out on bail, awaiting sentencing.

On May 6, the magistrate judge shockingly ordered his release subject to multiple conditions, including electronic monitoring, no internet activity, remaining under the 3rd party custody of two adult daughters, posting a $30,000 unsecured bond and staying away from any of the victims or potential victims.

The mainstream media virtually ignores Doggart's story

Not surprisingly, Doggart's story virtually ignored by the mainstream corporate media.

The Daily Beast wrote on May 18: "Have you heard about the Christian terrorist Robert Doggart, who was plotting a violent attack against a Muslim-American community in New York state? Probably not, because as opposed to when U.S. law-enforcement officials arrest a Muslim for planning a violent assault, they didn't send out a press release or hold a press conference publicizing Doggart's arrest.

"The criminal complaint against Doggart, filed by the U.S. Attorney's Office in Tennessee, paints a bone-chilling picture of a plan to launch a violent military-style assault on Islamberg, home to about 200 predominately black Muslim Americans. Right-wing media outlets have in the past made outlandish claims about the town, which have been consistently debunked by local law enforcement."

"It goes without saying that if Doggart had been Muslim and had planned to kill Christians in America, we would have seen wall-to-wall media coverage," the daily Beast said adding that a major reason that the case has not gotten more attention: the tendency for journalists to rely on official sources to tell them what stories are important.

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