UPDATE: From Day 2-  some video is now posted at Atlas Shrugs

Friends and Supporters of the Center
On October 27-28, 2009
This conference– Tuesday and Wednesday of next week
In Washington, DC
Will be one of the best of 2009 and it’s free to the public.


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 Policy




Co-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 LarsenInternational Free Press Society/Canada, President


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2 responses to “INTERNATIONAL LEGAL CONFERENCE on FREEDOM of SPEECH and RELIGION (some video is now posted)

  1. 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.

    • We understood there would be a video produced and offered for sale but we haven’t seen any promotion on that DVD at this time.

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