Citizens Protest US Attorney’s Attempt to Curb Free Speech

free speechWilliam Killian, the U.S. Attorney for East Tennessee appointed by Barack Obama in 2010, proved to be an unpopular speaker at an event held in Manchester, Tennessee on Tuesday by the recently formed American Muslim Advisory Council of Tennessee. An overflow crowd of 1,000 local conservative and Tea Party activists greeted Killian’s presentation, which one attendee dismissed as “canned,” with cries of “traitor,” “resign,” and “go home.”

A large crowd began to gather outside the Manchester-Coffee County Conference Center an hour before the event, which the organizers called “Public Disclosure in a Diverse Society,” was scheduled to start. Those at the “pre-rally” held signs and listened to patriotic songs and speeches from local political leaders, including Tennessee State Representative Joe Carr, a conservative firebrand who recently announced he will challenge incumbent Congressman Scott DesJarlais (R-TN), who currently represents the nearby 4th Congressional District.

When the doors opened, only 600 members of the crowd were able to fit into the room where the event was held. The remaining 400 members of the crowd remained outside the building.

John Anderson, a grassroots activist from nearby Bell Buckle, Tennessee, held a sign that read: “In America, you are free to practice your religion, and I am free to insult it.” Anderson told the Chattanooga Free Times he wanted to know “why two federal employees are not looking into [Attorney General] Eric Holder” rather than holding the night’s event.

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Killian asked the event be held ostensibly in order to improve…

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