Arlen Specter to Speak at ‘Anti-Islamist’ Conference

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Tuesday, May 12, 2009 at 3:35 pm

Next week, a coalition of conservative legal groups will host a “Libel Lawfare: Silencing Criticism of Radical Islam,” a conference on how “Islamist lawfare” is imperiling free speech in America. Confirmed speakers include neoconservative foreign policy guru Frank Gaffney, lawyer Andrew C. McCarthy (who turned down an invitation to a White House counterterrorism conference to protest administration policy), Islam critic David Pipes, and… Sen. Arlen Specter (D-Pa.), who will give the opening speech.

The event’s topic and speaker list are below the fold.

Islamists have launched a two-pronged effort to suppress free discourse on such subjects as Islam, radical Islam, terrorism, and terrorist funding:
* By filing predatory lawsuits.
* By passing “hate speech” and defamation laws.
Victims of these “lawfare” attacks have included the famous and the obscure, politicians, journalists, analysts and plain citizens.

This inhibition has great consequences, for when discussion of Islam and terrorism are limited, radical Islam is empowered and Western civilization is imperiled.

Issues to be discussed on May 19 include: A close analysis of Islamist methods; the possible need for legislation to protect free speech on these topics; a comparison of the situation in Europe and the United States; and ways to prevent the United Nations from curtailing discussion of Islam.

Co-sponsors include the Federalist Society and the Thomas Jefferson Center. The speaker list for the event next Tuesday:

Hassan Daioleslam (Researcher, IranLobby.com)
Alan Dershowitz (Felix Frankfurter Professor of Law, Harvard Law School)
Frank Gaffney (President, the Center for Security Policy)
Brooke Goldstein (Attorney at law, Director of the Legal Project at the
Middle East Forum)
David Harris (Attorney at law, Director of the International and Terrorist
Intelligence Program, INSIGNIS Strategic Research Inc.)
Joe Kaufman (Chairman, Americans Against Hate)
Marc Lebuis (Blogger, Point de Bascule)
Andrew C. McCarthy (Director, the Center for Law and Counterterrorism)
Alan Mendoza (Executive Director, The Henry Jackson Society)
Douglas Murray (Director, the Centre for Social Cohesion)
Daniel Pipes (Director, the Middle East Forum)
Dean Reuter (The Federalist Society)
David Rivkin (Attorney at law, Baker Hostetler)
Elizabeth Samson (Attorney at law, Visiting Fellow at the Hudson Institute)
Barak Seener (Middle East Section Director, Henry Jackson Society)
Senator Arlen Specter (United States Senator, State of Pennsylvania)
James Taranto (Columnist, the Wall Street Journal)
John J Walsh (Attorney at law, Senior Counsel, Carter Ledyard & Milburn LLP)

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Comments

57 Comments

patty
Comment posted May 12, 2009 @ 2:46 pm

Arlen Spector is an Opportunist plain and simple. He cant win being a Republican so he only turned Democrat to win. What is that?


Logical thought
Comment posted May 12, 2009 @ 3:01 pm

You know that if such a conference was put together to rein in the Israeli and Jewish movement regardless of how hostile it is like Settlement movement. Anyone sponsoring or speaking would be considered Anti-Semite and the whole press would have a bru-ha-ha about it.


JReuter
Comment posted May 12, 2009 @ 3:44 pm

Arlen Specter is NO Democrat he is a Neocon!


karela
Comment posted May 12, 2009 @ 3:49 pm

I'm afraid that poor old Arlen isn't going to make anyone believe that he should be elected as a Democrat. He can't seem to cut the apron strings with the Republican party. You'd think he could at least fake it better if he was hoping to win Democratic votes.


Bob Johnson
Comment posted May 12, 2009 @ 4:00 pm

How dare the islamists do what jews have done for years.


C R Stephens
Comment posted May 12, 2009 @ 4:14 pm

“Imperiling free speech”? That's what the neocons have been doing since the Nixon days. The MSM is owned by conservatives who report only what supports their agenda. The basis of Karl Rove's political strategy is manipulating the media and consequently public opinion. They don't beleive in free speech or any other American priniciple. And it's reprehensible to demonize the entire nation of Islam for the actions of the criminals. History is certainly full of Christian terrorists-and some were prevalent during the last eight years.


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suzyku
Comment posted May 12, 2009 @ 6:15 pm

This guy should now be drummed out of the Democratic Party and the Senate!


jackie
Comment posted May 12, 2009 @ 6:43 pm

this poor man is showing signs of advanced brain disorder could his poor decisions be due to brain mets ?????? he is making very strange choices jackie


joe
Comment posted May 12, 2009 @ 6:57 pm

I will definitely send money to Joe Sestak if he runs for Senate against Specter.


GRANT
Comment posted May 13, 2009 @ 6:12 am

When do these CHARLATANS will discuss Radical JUDAISM RADICAL CHRISTIANS RADICAL ZIONIST? These neon zionist have brought shame on America. They should be arrested for war crimes.

HATEFUL GANG OF ZIONIST CRIMINALS, DISCUSSING ISLAM??WHAT ABOUT massacre in gaza USS LIBERTY??


Geoffrey Anthony
Comment posted May 13, 2009 @ 6:56 am

I'll bet he cancels his appearance.


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Mr. Muhammad
Comment posted May 13, 2009 @ 9:58 am

Ummm…what, exactly, are we to understand the term “islamist” to mean?

“Let's stop the 'islamists' from stating their case, so WE can state OUR case…”

If Western Civilization is “imperiled”, it's because of its own corruption. Cause and Effect…


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Brian Mophtali
Comment posted May 19, 2009 @ 12:05 am

They still have the nerve to talk about Islam, when they are the ones who sent our kids to die in this Iraq war, ruined our economy, ripped off the treasury and tax payers money… Wow, these guys are not human beings with human pulls in them, and they are not animals either. They are the fealth of this earth, their reward is that they should be arrested immediately and tried for war crimes. Wake up Americans and do something before it's too late!
Take your country back
True American against falsehood.


Tariq Omar Hussein
Comment posted May 19, 2009 @ 11:03 am

OUTRAGEOUS. How come my Senator, Arrr-len think its ok to buddy-up with the likes of America's leading Islamophobes like Daniel Pipes and Alan Derschowitz is beyond me.

I don't care much that he withdrew his name at this point. Apparently just for the fact that as a Democrat he still acts as a thuggish Republican on a Crusade against Islam (like the other former Senator Rick Santorum, Islamo-fascism???)…it doesn't bode well for his chances in a state with a large Muslim population esp. in Philadelphia.

I pity Mr. Specter frankly and personally think he needs more time to find his moral and political “compass.”


maasanova
Comment posted May 19, 2009 @ 11:49 am

The Anti-Defamation League is behind the hate crimes laws in America. This is just more piss-poor Zionist propaganda from lunatic Zionist Jew Daniel Pipes.


Tariq Omar Hussein
Comment posted May 19, 2009 @ 6:03 pm

OUTRAGEOUS. How come my Senator, Arrr-len think its ok to buddy-up with the likes of America's leading Islamophobes like Daniel Pipes and Alan Derschowitz is beyond me.

I don't care much that he withdrew his name at this point. Apparently just for the fact that as a Democrat he still acts as a thuggish Republican on a Crusade against Islam (like the other former Senator Rick Santorum, Islamo-fascism???)…it doesn't bode well for his chances in a state with a large Muslim population esp. in Philadelphia.

I pity Mr. Specter frankly and personally think he needs more time to find his moral and political “compass.”


maasanova
Comment posted May 19, 2009 @ 6:49 pm

The Anti-Defamation League is behind the hate crimes laws in America. This is just more piss-poor Zionist propaganda from lunatic Zionist Jew Daniel Pipes.


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Comment posted June 28, 2009 @ 3:31 am

Very well said.


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