January 15, 2015

In Which I Side With The Followers Of The False Prophet Muhammad Against My Fellow Conservatives

Sorry, folks – protest outside the venue, but don’t you dare try to get a government entity to break the agreement to rental agreement for the venue.

Stand with the Prophet in Honor and Respect, an event that asks “Ready to defeat Islamophobia?” is coming to the Dallas area Curtis Culwell Center on Saturday, January 17, 2015, at 6pm. Until recently, few knew anything about this conference and now that many more do, residents are not just upset about the event and its speakers, they are upset that it is being held on the publicly-owned property of the Garland Independent School District (ISD) in a facility that was built and paid for with property taxpayer funded school bonds.

Stand with the Prophet is described in its promotional materials as “not an event. It is the beginning of a movement. A movement to defend Prophet Muhammad, his person, and his message.”

According to ACT! for America Houston, the conference is a fundraiser to establish aStrategic Communication Center for the Muslim community, which will “develop effective responses to anti-Islamic attacks, as well as to train young Muslims in media.”

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Julie Borik of the Garland Tea Party told CBS-11 that the issue with the Islamic conference was that she did not want it to be held on an ISD property, on what she called “government property.”

Stand With the Prophet in Garland will be bookended by identical events in Dayton, Ohio and Houston, Texas, neither of which will be held on publicly purchased property or in a public school district-owned facility.

I understand the outrage - but do we want government determining what political or religious speech is permissible? If we allow this conference to be cancelled, why not a ban on holding Tea Party events in that same facility? Why not let the school district pry into the theological beliefs of a religious organization seeking to rent a local school for worship services on the weekend – so as to make sure that those with traditional views on marriage and homosexuality don’t sully the building with their beliefs?

Either a school district rents its facilities in a manner that does not discriminate based upon point of view, or you allow the most vocal extremists in the community to silence the voices they don’t like – and it may be your point of view they target next. Allowing this conference to be held in the Garland ISD facility is a small price to pay for preserving YOUR freedom.

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