On Wednesday, the Texas Court of Appeals, affirming the trial court’s ruling, dismissed entirely the defamation lawsuit filed by Mohamed Mohamed on behalf of himself and his 15-year-old son, Ahmed Mohamed.
Ahmed caused a bomb scare by bringing a hoax clock bomb to his middle school in Irving, Texas, in September 2015, resulting in his arrest and suspension from school. Mohamed sued for defamation after comments in the media connected the hoax bomb affair with the Muslim Brotherhood-Hamas front group Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) and its “civilization jihad” through lawsuits. CAIR is a designated terrorist organization in the UAE.
The motion to dismiss, filed by lawyers from the American Freedom Law Center (AFLC) and local counsel Pete Rowe, was on behalf of the Center for Security Policy and Jim Hanson, two of the defendants in the defamation case. The case also named Ben Shapiro, a local Fox affiliate, Glenn Beck, and Glenn Beck’s production company.
“The purpose of this CAIR-driven lawsuit was to intimidate into silence those who might comment publicly on the connection between jihad, terrorism, sharia, and Islam,” AFLC co-founder and senior counsel David Yerushalmi said following the court ruling.