Local media is reporting on a temporary injunction issued against the leader of group who staged a protest at a “Six Flags Over Texas Muslim Family Day” organized by a group linked to the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood. As one media report explains:
The injunction forbids Joe Kaufman, president of Americans Against Hate, from threatening the plaintiffs or causing them bodily injury. The plaintiffs, which include several local Muslim groups, previously had a temporary restraining order against Mr. Kaufman. The injunction, however, rejected the requested prohibition against “inciting violence,” which Judge Ken Curry ruled was too vague to be enforceable. Mr. Kaufman said he organized the peaceful protest in October to bring attention to his allegations that the Islamic Circle of North America, sponsor of the family day, has ties to the terrorist group Hamas. That group has denied the claims, and several Muslim groups are suing Mr. Kaufman and have accused him of libel and inflicting emotional distress.
Another media report states that the coalition which sought the injunction also asked a judge to make a determination of libel against Kaufman charging that:
Kaufman’s Web site was used to paint all Muslims participating in Muslim Family Day as radical fanatics who used the event to spread anti-American hatred. “He has scrawled JIHAD (in red that appears to be dripping in blood) over a map of the state of Texas, centered of Arlington and Six Flags,” and placed it on the Americans Against Hate Web site, according to the lawsuit.
The Americans Against Hate website describes itself as a civil rights organization and terrorism watchdog. The Six Flags event was organized by the Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA), a less well-known part of the Muslim Brotherhood in the U.S., generally thought to be closely tied to the Jamaat-e-Islami organization of Southeast Asia, itself known to be allied with the Muslim Brotherhood. While ICNA itself was not part of the group that initiated the legal action against Mr. Kaufman, the group did include the Muslim American Society (MAS), yet another U.S. Muslim Brotherhood Group.