Allegan asks dismissal of Christian group's suit

By: Assocaited Press Email
By: Assocaited Press Email

A western Michigan city has asked a federal judge to throw out a lawsuit filed by a conservative Christian advocacy group that said Allegan police violated the First Amendment when officers halted a speech by a self-proclaimed ex-terrorist turned anti-Islamic law activist.

The Thomas More Law Center filed the suit in Grand Rapids federal court. The suit says police, other Allegan officials and a Muslim civil rights organization violated the rights of Kamal Saleem by halting a Jan. 28 speech.

The Christian convert frequently lectures against Shariah, Islam's legal code.

In a motion Tuesday, Allegan says officials acted on safety concerns, not to censor Saleem for his views. There have been threats against him.

The Council on American Islamic Relations also is a defendant in the case.

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