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International Legal Conference on Freedom of Speech and Religion, October 27 and 28, 2009, Congressional Auditorium, U.S. Capitol Visitors Center, Washington, D.C. :: Liberties Alliance

International Legal Conference on Freedom of Speech and Religion, October 27 and 28, 2009, Congressional Auditorium, U.S. Capitol Visitors Center, Washington, D.C.

By • on October 25, 2009



October 27 and 28, 2009

Congressional Auditorium

U.S. Capitol Visitors Center

Washington, D.C.

Presented by

The International Free Press Society,

The Liberty Legal Project International &

The Center for Security PolicyCo-Sponsored by


The Horowitz Freedom Center,

The Florida Security Council &

The O’Leary Report

The conference is free of charge to the public.

The jurisdictions to be surveyed will include the U.S., Canada, the European Union, the United Kingdom, and Sharia-compliant nations as well as international norms under existing conventions, as may be appropriate.

 Program Chair:

Ann Fishman


Ann Fishman, Frank Gaffney & Lars Hedegaard

Special Appearances By:

U.S. Senator Jim DeMint (R-SC)

U.S. Representative Louie Gohmert (R-TX)

U.S. Representative Tom Rooney (R-FL)

U.K. Lord Pearson of Rannoch

EU Member of Parliament Morten Messerschmidt

Conference Agenda:


9:00 a.m. to 9:15 a.m. Opening Statements

Lars Hedegaard – International Free Press Society, President

Ann Fishman – Liberty Legal Project International, Founder and Director

9:15 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. Comparative Survey of the Substantive Law Establishing Free Speech

A.     Express guarantees in National Constitutions and Basic Laws, International Conventions and Supranational Conventions

B.     Citizen versus Press; Press/Reporters Privilege

C.     Insult Laws and Media Crime Laws

D.    Survey of Freedom of Press Around the World

E.     Hate Speech Laws

David Harris – Canada

Dr. Karin Karlekar – Freedom of Press Around the World

Morten Messerschmidt – EU Conventions

Ellis Washington – US

Elizabeth Samson  –  International Conventions

10:15 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. Technology, Speech and the New Media Outlet: Bloggers

A.     Is E Speech Free Speech?  Survey of Freedom on the Net

B.     Bloggers Rights

C.     Now that e companies are insulated from liability, governments can outsource data mining to Social Networking Sites:  Facebook and The White House,  Facebook and The Florida Bar – Would this even be permitted under EU Directives

D.    China and Cisco and Sun Microsystems and the Great Firewall of China and Policenet

E.     US Bloggers shut down or filtered for “controversial opinions”

F.     What is the impact of the proposed Cyber Security Act of 2009?

Bob Corn-Revere – US

Pamela Geller – US

Dr. Karin Karlekar – Survey of Freedom on the Net

David Sobel – E-Speech

11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Limitations on Free Speech        

A.    Speech versus Conduct

B.    Advocacy versus Imminent Incitement of Lawlessness & Violence

C.    Advocacy of Terrorism & Sedition; Speech and National Security Issues

David Harris – Canada

Morten Messerschmidt – EU

Robert Muise – US

Diana West – US

David Yerushalmi – US

12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Luncheon in the Atrium

Sponsored by the Horowitz Freedom Center 

1:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. Censorship of the Media via the Fairness Doctrine

A.     Fair Debate or Free Speech Battle?

B.     The Fairness Doctrine: Resurrected via the Durban Amendment or Buried by the Broadcaster Freedom Amendment

Bob Corn-Revere – US

Joyce Kaufman – US

2:00 to 2:30 p.m. Special Address by U.S. Senator Jim DeMint 

2:45 to 3:00 p.m. Special Address by EU MP Morten Messerschmidt

3:00 to 3:30 p.m. Special Address by Congressman Louie Gohmert

4:00 to 4:30 p.m. Special Address by U.K. Member of Parliament

Lord Malcolm Pearson, “The Geert Wilders Case From the Inside”

4:30 to 4:55 p.m. Special Video Presentation by Dr. Michael Savage 

5:00 to 5:30 p.m. Special Address by Ellis Washington, “Censorship by Banishment: The Michael Savage Case”


9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Comparative Survey of  Freedom of Religion under the law

What is a Religion?

A.    U.S. Constitution First Amendment:  Free Exercise Clause & Establishment Clause

B.    Free Exercise Clause: Beliefs versus Practices

C.    Religions that Demand Action

D.    Establishment Clause: Separation, neutrality and accommodation

E.     Religion in

a.     Public places

b.    Public  schools

c.    The Work place

Horatio Mihet – US

William Wagner – US

Andrea Williams – UK

Elizabeth Samson – International

10:45 a.m. to 11:50 a.m. Limitations on Freedom of Religion    

A.     The Intersection of Religion and Another Person’s Right to Disbelieve and Criticize

B.     Blasphemy Laws:  Does the Almighty really need police protection? Do they force nonbelievers to honor what they don’t believe in?

C.     Establishment versus Accommodation of Religion

D.    Different standards for Christianity and Islam?

i.     Sharia compliant financing

ii.     Sharia compliant family law

iii.     Islamic prayers in public schools

iv.     Halal food services in public institutions

v.     Segregated gyms and swimming pools

vi.     Rifqa Bary Case

vii.     Christian homeschooled Amanda forced into public school by New Hampshire judge

viii.     Santa Rosa County Consent Order banning prayer

Pamela Geller – US

Robert Muise – US

Horatio Mihet – US

Andrea Williams – UK

David Yerushalmi – US

Noon to 1:00 p.m. Lunch in the Atrium

Sponsored by The O’Leary Report

1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Strategic Litigation Against Public Participation (SLAPPs) & Libel Tourism

Libel Tourism: Is Libel Tourism Destroying the First Amendment by Proxy? 


A.    Dr. Rachel Ehrenfeld

B.    Paul Sharkey

C.    Dr. Paul Williams

D.    Ezra Levant


A.    State law legal actions for defamation, interference with advantageous relationship, interference with contract, etc.  aimed to chill free speech and public debate

B.    Is Event Cancellation the Latest Form of Censorship in cases of controversial or unpopular speakers – What is the remedy?

C.    Anti-SLAPP legislation

D.    Cases: Joe Kaufman, Ezra Levant, FSC vs. Marriott 

Dr. Rachel Ehrenfeld – US

Brooke Goldstein – US & International

David Harris – Canada

Adam Hasner – US/Florida

Dr. Paul Williams

3:00 p.m. to 3:20 p.m. Special Address by Congressman Tom Rooney

3:30 p.m. to 3:50 p.m. Special Address by Diana West on Academic Sensorship

4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.  Special Panel

A.    Is criticism of religion ever permissible?

B.    Is religion entirely insulated from public or political debate?

C.    Is the Bible Hate Speech?

D.    What is the status of Criticism of Islam as defamation (OIC resolutions) and racism (Durban  resolutions )

E.     Children’s’ Rights of Freedom of Speech and Religion

Brooke Goldstein – US & International

Robert Muise – US

Sam Solomon – Shari’a

William Wagner – US

David Yerushalmi – US

5:00 p.m. Closing Statement

Bjorn Larsen – International Free Press Society/Canada, President

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By B. Rivera on November 13th, 2009 at 14:00

Is there any videos from the International Legal Conference on Freedom of Religion summit?

I am an avid listener of the Michael Savage radio show and I follow as much as I can on these people. We are seriously facing a change in the politics and history of the United States.

A change that is not for the betterment of this country. All I can do is to continue my college career and become a future leader into turning this country back on the right track.

By irina fayerberg on November 14th, 2009 at 14:40

Freedom of speech is being discussed on different levels and for various reasons. Iran is trying to silence their media about opposition websites. This has farther implications.