Hot Air Exclusive: Jason Mattera and Robert Spencer discuss CAIR’s threat against YAF

posted at 8:57 pm on August 2, 2007 by Bryan

I caught up with YAF spokesman Jason Mattera and Robert Spencer after Robert’s electrifying speech before the Young America’s Foundation conference this afternoon. Here’s an all too brief interview.

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CAIR. Pwned.

Zach on August 2, 2007 at 9:03 PM

CAIR opposes free speech? Since when?

thedecider on August 2, 2007 at 9:12 PM

Damn that was good to hear people talk like that!

IrishEi on August 2, 2007 at 9:18 PM

Fabulous!!

bridgetown on August 2, 2007 at 9:20 PM

Setting up a fine tradition I hope.

jeanie on August 2, 2007 at 9:22 PM

Every politician, whether in office or running for one, could take a lesson or two here.

IrishEyes on August 2, 2007 at 9:23 PM

Amen Brother.

TheFamousOne on August 2, 2007 at 9:25 PM

Islam didn’t kill the messenger this time. This time the message was told, despite CAIRs best efforts to stifle the truth. Way to go guys. Way to fight the good fight.

KCtheKat on August 2, 2007 at 9:34 PM

IrishEi on August 2, 2007 at 9:18 PM

Amen!

TheBigOldDog on August 2, 2007 at 9:37 PM

I love me some Robert Spencer.

Spirit of 1776 on August 2, 2007 at 9:43 PM

I’ve never heard of YAF before CAIR’s attempted circumvention of Mr. Spencer’s speech. Given CAIR’s criminal leadership and efforts to stifle free speech, I applaud YAF’s courage to stand up to CAIR’s threats and intimidation. Good going guys!

Kini on August 2, 2007 at 9:53 PM

Excellent. Brought a smile to my face and heart.

CrimsonFisted on August 2, 2007 at 9:54 PM

IMHO I can find only two true words in the description of Mr. Robert Spencer as ‘a well known purveyor of hate and bigotry against Muslims, has a history of false and defamitory statements’. Those words are ‘well known’. Lets add ‘well educated’, ‘well respected’ and most of all ‘well loved’. As the resident ‘Professor’ here at HA Robert Spencer puts forth his views on Islam in an umbiased fashion and does not profess Islam as good or bad. The fact that numourous people feel that Islam is not compatible with the American culture, is due to the actions of muslims reported in the media not the teachings of Robert Spencer. I stand with Robert Spencer to continue to teach and educate the American public about the contents of the Quran and the rulings of Sharia law. PS To Mr.Sandler ’sticks and stones may break my bones but names will never hurt me’ 1st grade nursury rhyme.

– Student asks if Spencer changed his speech as a result of the CAIR threat.
RS: Don’t worry. Same speech.

Mockery, vilification, criticism–things Christians and Jews have to tolerate al the time.
Contrast with Danish cartoons…

Spencer’s last word: “Come and kill me if you want, but I’m not going to submit.” CARE Concerned Americans for Robert the Educator

sonnyspats1 on August 2, 2007 at 10:03 PM

Amen and Hosanna!

You and your 72 virgins!

Cinematicfilm on August 2, 2007 at 10:04 PM

F-Yeah! Go Robert…and Go Jason (wonderful response that was to CAIR – keep up the fine work)

tickleddragon on August 2, 2007 at 10:14 PM

As the resident ‘Professor’ here at HA Robert Spencer puts forth his views on Islam in an umbiased fashion and does not profess Islam as good or bad.

Actually, I think Robert loves the good things in Islam (and they are there). No scholar can take on a subject he hates. There is true beauty in the language and poetry of the Koran.

Robert is perhaps one of the last defenders of the good things of that faith. CAIR may well be one of the last defenders of the rest of it.

HerrMorgenholz on August 2, 2007 at 10:17 PM

The Legal Project to Defend Robert Spencer from CAIR
News from the Legal Project, Middle East Forum

Press Release

August 2, 2007

PHILADELPHIA – The Legal Project of the Middle East Forum announces its support of Robert Spencer and the Young America’s Foundation (YAF), the latest victims of what appears to be a targeted intimidation and defamation campaign by the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) designed to silence critics of its organization.

Spencer, a well-respected author and the director of [Link: http://www.jihadwatch.org,…] spoke today for YAF on “The Truth about CAIR” on the campus of George Washington University. As a consequence of this invitation, YAF’s president Ron Robinson received a threatening and possibly defamatory letter written by CAIR’s acting attorney, Joseph E. Sandler, of the law firm Sandler, Reiff & Young, P.C.

Sandler’s letter (available in pdf format here) accuses Mr. Spencer, without offering any factual support, of being a “well-known purveyor of hatred and bigotry against Muslims,” with “a history of false and defamatory statements.” Sandler goes on to “demand that YAF cancel the subject session or else take steps to ensure that false and defamatory statements are not disseminated,” and states an intention to pursue a “legal remedy” against YAF, should CAIR deem statements made by Spencer at the session “false and defamatory.”

CAIR’s letter appears to be aimed at maliciously harming Spencer’s reputation, interfering in his lawful employment, and aimed to discourage both Spencer and YAF from exercising their fundamental rights to free speech and assembly. Furthermore, the letter wrongfully implies that YAF has an independent duty to censor Spencer, and that it may be subject to suit for allowing Spencer to speak on private property. It is our opinion that CAIR’s pre-emptive accusations are without merit, without any legal basis, and that CAIR has yet to prove any of its statements as true.

Therefore, the Legal Project hereby gives CAIR and its attorneys notice that it, too, will pursue “every available and appropriate legal remedy to redress any false or defamatory statements that are made” or have been made by CAIR and its attorneys against Spencer. We advise CAIR’s staff to govern themselves accordingly.

The Legal Project, established by the Middle East Forum in June 2007, is dedicated to safeguarding the democratic liberties afforded by the Constitution to U.S. citizens, namely the rights to free speech and free assembly. The Legal Project protects researchers and analysts working on the topics of terrorism, terrorist funding, Islam, and Islamism against those who seek to silence them through intimidation, defamation, and predatory lawsuits.

Immediate release

For more information: John Matthies, (215) 546-5406, ext. 16, or [email protected]

heroyalwhyness on August 2, 2007 at 10:31 PM

Awesome. Truly … to hear Jason Mattera and Robert Spencer talk without the slighest hesitancy, the see support for then by the above surely gives one hope.

darwin on August 2, 2007 at 10:49 PM

Amen Robert. You just keep on going, and we’re standing with ya brother.

infidel4life on August 2, 2007 at 10:50 PM

For all those who don’t believe in American exceptionalism. . . Compare this to the groveling going on across the pond.

As this sh*t gets more and more serious, I don’t know, I just keep thinking about Hank Jr’s song, A Country Boy Can Survive.
http://youtube.com/watch?v=I4s0nzsU1Wg

CAIR and their ilk might be able to bully the EU’ers into submission, and maybe they’ll succeed on some college campuses here in this country, but if they want to take over, well, sooner or later. . . they’ll have to go out into the country, and there they’ll find out who the strong horses are.

Notice in this quote from Spencer from MM’s live-blogging of his speech.

This is America, not Saudi Arabia. And in America, we have something called the Bill of Rights. We advise you to review amendments one and two…

Now given that issue at hand was free speech, why wasn’t it sufficient just to suggest they review the first amendment? What was gained by adding the reference to the second amendment?

Heh, heh. Country boys can survive. . .

smellthecoffee on August 2, 2007 at 11:03 PM

Way to go Robert! God Bless America…

Zorro on August 2, 2007 at 11:09 PM

Sweet.

Bob's Kid on August 2, 2007 at 11:13 PM

Therefore, the Legal Project hereby gives CAIR and its attorneys notice that it, too, will pursue “every available and appropriate legal remedy to redress any false or defamatory statements that are made” or have been made by CAIR and its attorneys against Spencer. We advise CAIR’s staff to govern themselves accordingly.

Bada Bing!

sonnyspats1 on August 2, 2007 at 11:25 PM

Now given that issue at hand was free speech, why wasn’t it sufficient just to suggest they review the first amendment? What was gained by adding the reference to the second amendment?

smellthecoffee on August 2, 2007 at 11:03 PM

I noticed that too…

Keep your powder dry boys.

infidel4life on August 3, 2007 at 12:24 AM

Now given that issue at hand was free speech, why wasn’t it sufficient just to suggest they review the first amendment? What was gained by adding the reference to the second amendment?

smellthecoffee on August 2, 2007 at 11:03 PM

That’s because the second Amendment insures all the other Amendments survive. Any “country boy” knows that.

KCtheKat on August 3, 2007 at 12:25 AM

I’ve never heard Robert Spencer speak anything but the truth. Obviously CAIR has a problem with that. Keep up the good work Robert. There are a lot of people with you on these issues.

Ernest on August 3, 2007 at 12:27 AM

Keep your powder dry boys.

infidel4life on August 3, 2007 at 12:24 AM

We must think alike. lol Locked and loaded baby.

KCtheKat on August 3, 2007 at 12:27 AM

Any “country boy” knows that.

Sure, but somehow I never thought of Robert Spencer as a country boy. Maybe these Islamofascists will eventually succeed in bringing out a little of the “country boy” in all of us. . .

smellthecoffee on August 3, 2007 at 12:29 AM

smellthecoffee on August 3, 2007 at 12:29 AM

Just a little reminder to the “Religion of Peace” that we do, can and will defind our rights.

KCtheKat on August 3, 2007 at 12:32 AM

defind=defend

KCtheKat on August 3, 2007 at 12:40 AM

KCtheKat on August 3, 2007 at 12:32 AM

Amen.

smellthecoffee on August 3, 2007 at 12:45 AM

Hank Jr’s song, A Country Boy Can Survive.

smellthecoffee

btw, that was a cool song, thanks for sharing. I added that one to my favorates list. A little American favor at it’s best.

KCtheKat on August 3, 2007 at 12:49 AM

Now given that issue at hand was free speech, why wasn’t it sufficient just to suggest they review the first amendment? What was gained by adding the reference to the second amendment?

No, the 2nd Amendment was written, just in case the 1st Amendment didn’t work.

You didn’t know that? Cluck, cluck.

Keith_Z on August 3, 2007 at 12:52 AM

KCtheKat on August 3, 2007 at 12:49 AM

You’re most welcome. I’d forgotten how old it was, but it never seems to lose its relevance. That was really a pre-Guliani picture of NYC in that video wasn’t it? “You only get mugged if you go downtown.”

smellthecoffee on August 3, 2007 at 12:55 AM

In response to the tactics of the thugs at CAIR.

Stifle this Free speech if you think you can and sue me B^%#$es.

CAIR don’t know jacks#$%

Mojack420 on August 3, 2007 at 12:59 AM

No, the 2nd Amendment was written, just in case the 1st Amendment didn’t work.

Keith_Z on August 3, 2007 at 12:52 AM

You think Spencer was trying to give the CAIR guys a civics lesson? I prefer to think it was a bit of a warning.

smellthecoffee on August 3, 2007 at 12:59 AM

Here Robert Spencer is trying to save Muslims from Islam, and their front men react by resenting any help.

As if Islam has not contorted into a dismal homicidal paralysis.

And as if it does not need to reform.

Without that, Islam will end.

Poisoned by its own bile.

profitsbeard on August 3, 2007 at 1:05 AM

Mojack420

I think maybe CAIR has woken up the big boys.

Open Season – CAIR remix

KCtheKat on August 3, 2007 at 1:06 AM

I prefer to think it was a bit of a warning.

smellthecoffee on August 3, 2007 at 12:59 AM

Or as a simple declaration, as in “Don’t Tread On Me”

infidel4life on August 3, 2007 at 1:10 AM

Is there a vid of Robert’s appearance/speech?? I know it was blogged, but I had just a little too much red wine tonight to want to read right now…
BTW – Keep on keepin’ on Mr Spencer..we’re right behind ya

lsutiger on August 3, 2007 at 1:16 AM

The truth about Islam that Robert has revealed cannot be undone. Personally, this nominal Catholic will get on formerly disused, bended knee tomorrow and thank God for giving the world people like Robert Spencer.

Godspeed, good Sir.

awake on August 3, 2007 at 1:39 AM

Great and inspiring exceptions to the rule of Americans letting themselves be intimidated. CAIR’s agenda dovetails perfectly with the guilt-inducing tactics of the Left, and we can still only count on one hand the number of people willing to speak the truth loud and proud.

Halley on August 3, 2007 at 1:39 AM

[HerrMorgenholz on August 2, 2007 at 10:17 PM] noted:

“Actually, I think Robert loves the good things in Islam (and they are there).”

Is there a source that documents these “good things”? And, can they be identified as actually Islamic, pre-Islamic, or imports? [BNCurtis at BellSouth dot net]

BNCurtis on August 3, 2007 at 8:56 AM

Go get’em boys!! We got yer back!

Ex-tex on August 3, 2007 at 9:52 AM

The Counsil of Angry Islamic Radicals’s time is coming. Soon their duplicity will be exposed. They can’t keep taking in pittence in dues (from their 1700 actual members) every year but spending millions on lawsuits and a new headquarters. Where do they get the money? I actually know muslims and not one has ever said that CAIR represents them…

Hamdulilah, Hooper, you slimy whiner… we got your number. The clock is ticking on you and your Saudi bankrollers.

They may like you in Dearborne… but this country is a lot bigger than one town in one state. I love this country. I have and am willing to go abroad to fight for it… it’d be a poor bet that I wouldn’t be willing to put up the good fight here at home.

BadBrad on August 3, 2007 at 10:04 AM

I awoke this morning to find that America is still America,
God Bless all who protect her and for what she stands for.

VTWaldrup on August 3, 2007 at 10:39 AM

YAF’s Jason Mattera introducing Spencer. Mattera is recounting the CAIR demand to cancel Spencer’s speech. “To CAIR, we have a message for you and your lawyer: We love Robert Spencer (applause) and in fact, we love his book, The Truth about Muhammad…”

This is America, not Saudi Arabia. And in America, we have something called the Bill of Rights. We advise you to review amendments one and two…We are bringing you the speaker that CAIR doesn’t want you to hear…Robert Spencer.

(Standing ovation.)

As far as reference to the first and second amendments…Robert Spencer didn’t say this.
It was part of his introduction by Jason.
I think it is more of reminder that we here
in the US as a people have the right to defend
our constitution.
Bravo Robert and YAF!

Suz on August 3, 2007 at 1:13 PM

I’ll have to wait till I get home to watch, I just can’t wait.

I want to urge everybody to click the link to Middle East Forum from the press release posted by heroyalwhyness. Thanks for that post! I’m very excited about Middle East Forum and congratulate them for choosing to defend Mr. Spencer from the Council of Angry Islamic Radicals. (I couldn’t agree with you more, BadBrad!)

Spencer’s last word: “Come and kill me if you want, but I’m not going to submit.” Reminds me of the inspiring sayings of many of our great patriots: Patrick Henry, Nathan Hale, et. al.

Last is First on August 3, 2007 at 1:28 PM

Open Season – CAIR remix

KCtheKat on August 3, 2007 at 1:06 AM

I saw most of the original bits before, but the remix is fabulous. It energized me enough to send out an email with links to that, the Paula Zahn debate, Brit Hume’s mention on SR last night, the new jihadist video, Jihad Watch, and the ME Forum to my mailing list. Thanks for posting it.

Connie on August 3, 2007 at 2:22 PM

I find I am replaying this video over and over just for giggles. :)

Connie on August 3, 2007 at 2:23 PM

heroyalwhyness on August 2, 2007 at 10:31 PM

This is superb. I’ve been pushing for lawyers with knowledge of the actual threat to form some sort of coalition. I didn’t know ME Forum had actually gotten one up and running.

The Legal Project

The Forum will initially establish a network of donors, pro-bono lawyers, researchers, and analysts to participate in this effort.

An Advisory Board will be formed that, among other functions, will review and approve applications for assistance from researchers and analysts. The Legal Project will deploy a variety of tactics, including.

* Briefings by legal experts on how to avoid libelous statements.
* Consultations with libel lawyers before publishing on certain topics.
* Assistance to researchers and analysts who have been unjustly sued.
* Assistance to researchers and analysts to defend themselves against defamation.

We invite prospective donors, lawyers, and researchers and analysts to contact the Forum at [email protected] for further details.

Connie on August 3, 2007 at 2:29 PM

In a time when there aren’t many people to look up to, Robert Spencer deserves a long look upward.

Hening on August 3, 2007 at 2:56 PM

but I’m not going to submit

Oh heck, we have to “submit” every time we post something. ;)

Connie on August 3, 2007 at 3:25 PM

Suz on August 3, 2007 at 1:13 PM

I stand corrected. Maybe coming out of the mouth of pup like Jason Mattera I could buy your interpretation. Coming from someone like Spencer, I’m assuming he knows exactly what he’s saying. And there’s nothing stopping US from reading it the way I was reading it. Because sooner or later, the strong horse is going to kick the weak horse in the a$$.

smellthecoffee on August 3, 2007 at 7:06 PM

Spencer’s last word: “Come and kill me if you want, but I’m not going to submit.” Reminds me of the inspiring sayings of many of our great patriots: Patrick Henry, Nathan Hale, et. al.

Last is First on August 3, 2007 at 1:28 PM

Here Here In the face of imminent danger no less.

sonnyspats1 on August 4, 2007 at 1:51 AM