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Arlen Specter to Speak at ‘Anti-Islamist’ Conference

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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