CAIR Surrenders: No Appeal of Court Order Dismissing “Muslim Free Zone” Lawsuit
In the lawsuit, CAIR alleged that Florida Gun Supply’s refusal to equip Islamic terrorists is religious discrimination in violation of Title II of the Civil Rights Act.
On July 29th, CAIR Florida filed the lawsuit against Florida Gun Supply because its owner declared in a YouTube video that his retail gun store is a “Muslim Free Zone” following the Chattanooga, Tennessee terrorist attack in which five service members were gunned down.
The owner of the gun store, Andy Hallinan, refuses to equip the next San Bernardino-type terrorist with dangerous firearms. Consequently, pursuant to its official, written policy, Florida Gun Supply will not serve “[a]nyone who is either directly or indirectly associated with terrorism in any way . . .”
Despite Hallinan’s legitimate concerns about public safety—concerns which have been confirmed most recently by the deadly terrorist attacks in France and here in the United States—CAIR Florida sued Florida Gun Supply in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida, alleging religious discrimination.
Florida Gun Supply’s attorneys from the American Freedom Law Center (“AFLC”), Robert Muise and David Yerushalmi, immediately filed a motion to dismiss on the grounds that CAIR Florida’s lawsuit was baseless. The court agreed and entered an order of dismissal on November 24.
Because the lawsuit had garnered lots of media attention, especially in the wake of the Paris jihadist attacks and continuing front and center in the news given the vicious terrorist attack carried out by the devout husband and wife Muslim jihadists in San Bernardino, California, CAIR went on a media blitz claiming Muslims were the victims of profiling and insisted it would appeal the “Muslim Free Zone” dismissal. Thania Clevenger, CAIR Florida’s civil right director, confidently told the Washington Post (https://www.washingtonpost.com/
Indeed, CAIR Florida had 30 days, or until December 28 (allowing four extra days for Christmas and service of the court’s order), to file its notice of appeal. By failing to do so, the federal court’s order of dismissal became a final, non-appealable order.
Co-Founder and Senior Counsel Robert Muise commented: “This demonstrates a point we have made time and again in both our published writings (https://www.centerforsecuritypolicy.org/
AFLC Co-Founder and Senior Counsel David Yerushalmi commented: “CAIR is a dangerous organization not simply because it is a Muslim Brotherhood-
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Robert Muise, Esq.
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