Occupy Salt Lake City Ordered to Leave After Man Found Dead in Tent

Occupy Salt Lake City demonstrators have been ordered to leave a Utah park after a man in his 40s was found dead inside a tent Friday morning.

Salt Lake City Police Chief Chris Burbank said the man appears to have died from a combination of carbon monoxide poisoning and a drug overdose sometime around 2 a.m, the Salt Lake Tribune reported.

His body was discovered during a routine tent check, according to the newspaper. He has been identified as a member of the Occupy group but his name has not yet been released.

Protesters have until sunset on Saturday to clear out of Pioneer Park and nearby Gallivan Center or face arrest. They have been camping in both locations for weeks.

Police investigate the taped-off Occupy Salt Lake City encampment in Utah Friday after a man was found dead in his tent. (Image source: KSL-TV)

“We can no longer have individuals camping on our streets,” Burbank told Salt Lake City’s KSL-TV.

According to the Salt Lake Tribune, police were seen retrieving a propane heater and what appeared to be drug paraphernalia from the victim’s tent as they gathered evidence Friday.

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Proven, Fleabaggers are Freeloaders!

The city of Wilmington reached an agreement Thursday with the American Civil Liberties Union to allow Occupy Delaware protesters the use of a downtown plaza.

City officials announced the agreement hours after a judge ruled that the protesters could use the plaza pending a hearing Friday in a lawsuit that says the city is violating protesters’ rights of assembly and free speech.

Under the agreement, protesters can set up tents on two-thirds of the plaza without having to get a city permit or pay a fee. Officers from the ACLU presented it in writing to the protesters.

Occupy Delaware participants held a vote Thursday night and unanimously approved the agreement. Bill Fasano, who signed the agreement for Occupy Delaware, said he expects the city to sign by morning.

“All we wanted from the beginning was a recognition of our right to be here … and to exercise our right to free speech,” he said.

Earlier Thursday, Vice Chancellor Sam Glasscock III said he would decide in the Friday hearing whether to enter a longer restraining order or an injunction in the lawsuit filed by the ACLU on behalf of Occupy Delaware.

“I take these free-speech issues very seriously… The right to free speech is of utmost importance to a free society,” Glasscock said during a hearing by phone with attorneys.

Pro-Tolerance, Anti-Free Speech? Muslims Hate Freedom of Religion!

A looming meeting with Islamic leaders hosted by the State Department has religious scholars and advocacy groups warning that the United States may “play into” the push by some Islamic nations to create new laws to stifle religious criticism and debate.

The meeting on religious tolerance, which is scheduled for mid-December, would involve representatives of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation — a coalition of 56 nations which more or less represents the Muslim world.

Critics describe the get-together — the first in a series — as a Trojan horse for the long-running OIC push for restrictions on speech. They note the track record of nations that want the dialogue, including Egypt, where recent military action against Coptic Christians raised grave concerns about intolerance against religious minorities.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton originally announced the meeting this past July in Turkey, where she co-chaired a talk on religious tolerance with the OIC. The event was billed as a way to foster “respect and empathy and tolerance” among nations. Delegates from up to 30 countries, as well as groups like the European Union, are also invited.

A State Department official told FoxNews.com this week that the meeting is meant to combat intolerance while being “fully consistent with freedom of expression.”

A key worry is that the meeting could become a platform for Islamic governments to push for hate-speech laws which, in their most virulent and fundamentalist form, criminalize what they perceive as blasphemy.

While Clinton has drawn a line in the sand, saying nations should not “criminalize speech,” the upcoming meeting is seen by some as a misstep on a very sensitive issue.

“It’s just an astonishingly bad decision,” said Nina Shea, who sits on the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom and serves as director of the Hudson Institute’s Center for Religious Freedom.

Shea, who joined a group of scholars specializing in religious defamation for an event last week on Capitol Hill hosted by The Federalist Society, warned that the United States is virtually alone among western nations in not having hate-speech laws. She said the Obama administration doesn’t need to delve deeper into religious speech issues with OIC nations, considering their history.

Shea said she doesn’t yet fear the possibility that hate-speech laws are coming to the U.S. any time soon, “but I am concerned the culture is changing on this.”

Jacob Mchangama, director of legal affairs for Denmark’s Center for Political Studies, noted that the U.S. has resisted following Europe with hate-speech laws, but the Obama administration may be willing to “relax” its approach. He noted the administration co-sponsored a resolution with Egypt in 2009 that expressed concern about “negative racial and religious stereotyping,” and said the upcoming December conference lends credibility to the OIC agenda.

The push by Islamic nations, especially Pakistan, for global religious sensitivity on its surface sounds innocuous. But the debate often pits their cause against free speech, and western officials have long complained the nations spearheading the push are keen on shielding Islam specifically from criticism.

In some countries, perceived protections against religious insult are used as license to threaten, bully and attack those who offend, intentionally or not. Most recently, the office of a French satirical newspaper was attacked after it published a Muhammad cartoon. That follows widespread 2006 protests over the publication of cartoons depicting the prophet Muhammad in a Danish newspaper.

And in Pakistan, whose blasphemy laws are internationally renowned for their broadness and severity, the legal protections on religious insult are used most often to protect Islam. Being charged with a blasphemy offense — or criticizing the laws themselves — can open the door to intimidation, or worse. Earlier this year, two Pakistani officials who had been critical of the laws were assassinated.

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Nazi Occupiers trying to destroy NYC

Three cars were set on fire and anti-Semitic and racist graffiti was spray painted in Brooklyn early Friday morning, the day after the anniversary of Hitler’s systematic attack on Jews known as Kristallnacht.

Residents in the largely Jewish New York neighborhood of Midwood awoke to find cars torched, eight benches defaced with swastikas and the words “f**k the Jews“ and ”SS” painted on nearby sidewalks, the New York Daily News reported. A van also had the letters “KKK” written on it as well.

“When you drive down the block, it looks like a war zone,” one resident told the Brooklyn Daily.

The NYPD’s Hate Crimes Task Force is investigating, according to the Daily News, and City Councilman David Greenfield has offered a $1,000 reward for information leading to an arrest.

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30,000 young Muslims want to be senseless martyrs

As the Syrian government has brutally slaughtered an estimated 3000 (probably more as Syria is not allowing outside reporters or human rights activists into the country) of its own citizens and cruelly tortured thousands more in a deadly citizen uprising war which shows no signs of ending, what are 30,000 young Syrians and other Muslims vowing to do? Hint: not help their increasingly besieged brethren.

The Iranian Fars News Agency proudly reports

Thousands of Syrian, Palestinian Youths Ready to Blast Israel

TEHRAN (FNA)- Thousands of Syrian and Palestinian youths in a petition to Damascus government expressed their readiness to conduct martyrdom-seeking operations inside Israel.

In a petition signed by 30,000 well-trained Palestinian and Syrian youths, they said that they are ready to infiltrate Israel and conduct any type of operation.

This is the classic tactic of oppressive Muslim governments dealing with citizen unhappiness–distract them by blaming all the problems on Israel. Sadly it is on display again. And sadly it is still effective.

‘Your Blood Is Our Paint’: Grammy-Nominated Singer’s New Violent Occupy Anthem

Our canvas is freedom
Your blood is our paint […]

Like a pig you consumed
And like a pig you will roast […]

And what you won’t share
Will be ripped from your hands
Your body destroyed
The way fire lands
Burning your homes
The privilege you snake
The payback beyond
Anything you could take
Naked you’ll be
And full of regret
And the way they were treated
You’ll long to forget

California Mayor Will Skip Veterans Day Memorial for Occupy Rally

The mayor of Richmond, Calif. plans to skip her city’s Veterans Day memorial events to attend an Occupy rally, a choice that’s prompting anger and criticism.

Mayor Gayle McLaughlin will miss a Veterans Day salute Friday in favor of an Occupy Richmond “public speak out,” the San Jose Mercury News reported.

McLaughlin defended her decision, telling the newspaper that the city is not sponsoring the Veterans Day event, and the rally she will attend will honor Scott Olsen, the Iraq war veteran injured at an Occupy Oakland rally last month. Richmond and Oakland, both in the San Francisco Bay Area, are about 12 miles apart.

“I choose to honor our veterans, not only on Veteran’s Day, but daily, by supporting an end to military warfare to prevent further fighting and dying in needless wars,” she said in an email. “I am a strong supporter of Veterans for Peace and Iraq Vets Against the War.”

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Fed Judge: Calif. School Was Right to Forbid Students’ American Flag T-Shirts on Cinco de Mayo

Should public school officials have the right to prevent students from wearing pro-American garb on Cinco de Mayo?

This question has been at the heart of a California court battle between the Morgan Hill Unified School District and students who were told by a principal and assistant principal that they could not wear American flag t-shirts on the Mexican holiday back in 2010.

Following the incident, a lawsuit against the district was launched by the students and their families. This week, the case came to a close, with a federal judge ruling against the students — a blow that is likely to infuriate some free speech advocates.

According to U. S. District Court Judge James Ware, the district did not violate the students’ first amendment rights. The judge also found that officials‘ concern over the potential violence that could be incited by the students’ pro-American outfits justified the school’s actions. The Morgan Hill Times has more about the case:

[The parents and students] filed the lawsuit against the school district alleging violations against their First and Fourteenth Amendment rights after their children wore American-themed T-shirts to Live Oak and were sent home after refusing to remove the shirts and apparel after Boden and Rodriguez were concerned about the potential for violence on campus…

The lawsuit sought nominal damages including changing school policies to clearly state students’ rights and protections under the Bill of Rights and reimbursing lawyer fees and expenses for the cost of litigation.

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