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CAIR goes after conservative blogger

The Council on American Islamic Relations is once again using the American legal system to go after one of its critics. The Muslim advocacy group is suing conservative blogger and outspoken CAIR opponent Debbie Schlussel in federal court, alleging trademark infringement for incorporating groups with similar names.

U.S. District Court Judge Avern Cohn will hear arguments in Detroit, Michigan Monday to determine whether CAIR will be granted a temporary restraining order against Schlussel that will prevent her from using the names she incorporated.

The lawsuit CAIR filed Wednesday alleges that Schlussel violated their trademark when she registered www.cairmichigan.com — a website identifying Schlussel as the executive director and linking to anti-Islamic extremist websites.

Dawud Walid, CAIR-Michigan executive director, said the group fears that her website has mislead CAIR supporters into donating money to her site thinking it was going to CAIR.

“There are people in our community who contacted our office thinking she actually was named executive director of CAIR Michigan,” Walid said.

Schlussel argues that CAIR-Michigan was never registered as an entity until she created CAIR-Michigan, Inc, which she has made clear is an organization separate from CAIR proper. Schlussel believes this is an attempt to silence her.

“[I]t is clear that this is all about–and ONLY about–silencing me and my First Amendment speech rights and harming my law practice, and I will have to fight this on my own behalf,” Schlussel wrote on her blog. “This is clearly a SLAPP–a Strategic Lawsuit Against Public Participation. I look forward to defending myself and fighting this in court.”

  • theprofessor

    So Debbiedearest is out of jail now?

    Schlushmouth is no conservative. She’s certifiably insane.

  • dahni

    I don’t care, I’m scared of islam because of my personal experiences, and with their actions both in the US and everywhere else in the world.

  • Rocketman

    CAIR and Schlussel deserve each other. She’s a nutz as they are.

    ~(Ä)~

  • voxoraison

    Free speech for me, but not for thee.

    Sounds okay to me; how ’bout thee (ie, free speech for thee, but not for me)?

    Sounds like that nut-job in Arizona had free speech in abundance. Gosh, let’s use this as a golden opportunity to screw with the Second Amendment for the millionth time. Forget the huge fall in the murder rate in DC after they got a taste of THEIR 2nd Amend rights. That was just a twist of fate.

  • Iagorune

    I’m no fan of CAIR, but I’m no fan of racists like Debbie Schlessel either. She makes conservatives everywhere look bad.

  • riseabove

    You can’t legislate what people might do. As long as it wasn’t being used, she had every right to register that domain name.

  • I_Walk_Alone

    Is “www.ISLAM_IS_BARBARIC.com” taken? :-)

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Florian-Andrade/500740852 Florian Andrade

    Debbie Schlessel is kind of a nut case and has stalked her critics, and defamed everyone from Sean Hannity to Steven Crowder. She’s probably got the law on her side, but she’s hardly someone worthy of sympathy; as it looks like she set this up to have this exact legal battle.

  • jjsmithers

    I dunno…..I am no fan of CAIR, but this does seem like a case they can win.

    The domain name cairmichigan.com is not what a reasonable person would think was completely separate from CAIR.

    This is the type of thing that the lowlife internet scammers do….CAIR has a point. Schlussell needs to stop acting like a scammer.

    • bozsbusiness

      Kind of agree with you jj; but I’m for about any organization that opposes and exposes CAIR.
      Don’t think this is a well planned attack, probably will lose in court.

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