Lawsuit Brought By Embattled West MI Republican, Dave Agema, Dismissed

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Allegan, Mich. — A lawsuit brought by embattled Republican National Committeeman Dave Agema of Grandville against the City of Allegan has been thrown out by a federal judge.

The lawsuit claimed there was a violation of constitutional rights to freedom of speech after a man who spoke out on the dangers of Islam was not allowed to speak at an event at an Allegan Schools building.

The police told the speaker, Kamal Saleem, before that event in January of 2012 that he couldn’t do his presentation because there was a safety concern.

Agema filed the suit with a handful of others, including: Elizabeth Griffin, Mark Gurley and Bill Sage.

It named the City of Allegan, City Manager Rob Hilliard, Police Chief Rick Hoyer and The Allegan Public School District as plaintiffs in the case.

Court documents in the case say, “Shortly before the event was to take place, a woman approached the police officers at Allegan High School and `stated that Kamal Saleem had a $25 million dollar bounty on his head`”

“An Allegan police officer talked with Jones, Saleem`s bodyguard, who did not deny that a bounty existed. ( … ) Jones further stated that there had been death threats directed toward Kamal Saleem from Islamic extremists in the past.”

The documents state that “Chief Hoyer ordered Plaintiffs to shut down the event.”

“School violence is on everybody`s mind,” said Rick Hoyer, Allegan’s Chief of Police,  “Again, there`s a lot of folks out there who are extreme in what they do and what they think and we just didn`t need that happening at our school.”

Agema felt those arguments were not appropriate in that situation.

He brought forth the federal suit around April, 30, 2012.

The suit was intended to, “protect and vindicate fundamental constitutional rights.”

Court documents go on to say, “It is a civil rights action brought under the First and Fourteenth Amendments to the United States Constitution.”

“He was very passionate about the issue,” said Hoyer in reference to Agema.

However, a federal judge dismissed the case, saying, “The government does not need to wait until havoc is wreaked to restrict access to a nonpublic forum.”

Her opinion went on to state, “Plaintiff`s allegations do not state a plausible constitutional deprivation,”

Hoyer feels the suit has been a waste of time and energy for the city and local leaders.

“It didn`t make a lot of sense,” said Hoyer. “I don`t know if there was a lot of common sense in any part of this. So, we`ll go forward and see if they file an appeal and deal with that as it comes.”

Some say the lawsuit proves that Agema will not back down and resign from the RNC as has been requested by Republican heavy-weight Betsy DeVos.

Agema has been under fire for inflammatory comments over the past few months targeting gays and Muslims.

That includes these comments at a Michigan CPAC speech.

dave agema

Dave Agema

“My goal is to stop terrorism.  I really don’t like it.  Quite frankly, I shouldn’t say this, but it’s actually true.  Not every Muslim is a terrorist but most terrorists are Muslim,” said Agema.

“I have a dream we get a president that doesn’t glorify gay NFL players,” said Agema.

The comments continued on Facebook where he posted a number of statements over the past few months.

“Well, it seems I’m in good company, the LGBT community is now going after Phil Robertson of Duck Dynasty,” Agema said.

He also posted a link to an anti-gay article in the past which said in-part, “part of the homosexual agenda is to get the public to affirm their filthy lifestyle, as one homosexual admitted….”

There was also a post online that seemed to support the anti-gay policies in Russia that are being discussed in advance of the Olympics.

The post that was attributed to Agema said, “Read their law. Common sense in Russia!”

Governor Snyder hinted at trouble within the party a week ago during the very first part of his state of the state address when he called for civility.
Then, US Representative Justin Amash and his Challenger Brian Ellis echoed it, saying Agema should step down from the RNC.
Michigan Republicans say it’s been the talk of the Republican National Committee winter meeting in Washington DC this week.
It’s the convention Agema declined to go to, saying, “My liberal critics within the Republican Party have chosen to elevate this discussion to the RNC meeting and make it a drawn-out fight between liberals and conservatives within the party. For this reason, I have decided it is best for the party that I not attend the meeting this week….”

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  • wolvie

    apparently, Dave's religious views and his State obligations and duties are conflicting in his old cranium. separation from the party's leadership at this point is the only logical recourse, so for sure he's not going to do it. and nothing speaks to this as much as the no-show at a high profile event, because his cowardice is showing……

  • Bill Sage

    People tend to make judgements without knowing even a part of the whole story. There is more to it than is being reported! Partial truths are the same as lying and unfortunately the media seldom tells the whole truth and there is nothing new here, with this reporting!

  • Bill Sage

    ##PRESS RELEASE 01-31-2012
    Allegan shut down of “Defending Our Constitution from Enemies Foreign and Domestic” event:

    The Rest of the Story,

    On Tuesday the 24th of January, CAIR (Center of American Islamic Relations) had in fact sent a letter to Allegan High School Administration office, the Allegan County news and others. CAIR is the unindicted coconspirator in a $12,000,000 dollar laundering scheme to finance terrorist groups – Google ref: (the Holy land Foundation Trial 2008) more information about terrorist groups can also be found at resources tab: terrorist. The purpose of this letter from CAIR was to try to stop our Freedom of Speech and Kamal Saleem from speaking. Homeland Security vetted Kamal Saleem, on Friday, January 27th, 2012 saying that Kamal is who he claims to be, clearing him of all CAIR fabricated actuations, General Boykin, former Delta Force Commander, says Kamal is in fact for real!

    About 10 days prior to the event I met with Chief Hoyer to discuss the event: Protecting the Constitution from Enemies Foreign and Domestic, that was going to be held at the Allegan High School on the 26th of January! I told Mr. Hoyer that we were going to have an event that is designed to support and strengthen our constitution! Anyone who attended the event will tell you, “That is exactly what was being done“. I also told Chief Hoyer that Representative Dave Agema would be one of our speakers and that I would like a couple of officers at the event and that Kamal Saleem a FORMER ISLAMIC TERROIST was in fact going to be our main speaker and would be speaking about Sharia law and the Constitution! Mr. Hoyer then said he wasn’t sure if he could afford an officer or not and I mentioned that we could really use at least one, Chief Hoyer then agreed to let me have one officer and that he “WOULD GOOGLE KAMAL SALEEM” and check him out, I then thanked him and left!

    At the event, 3 officers instead of 1 showed up at 5:40 pm, there were no threats; there were no picketers, no protesters. We were about 1/4 of the way through Kamal’s speech, of which, “was about protecting our Constitution from Sharia law” and there were no threats to this event! Kamal Saleem has spoken at several venues consisting of Colleges and Schools, never being shut down, with any threat whatsoever. Kamal’s unarmed body guard had explained that, along with the issue “of the rumors” to the officers in detail, about the price on his head and that it was a rumor from 5 years ago!

    The Sunset Lanes (where we finished the Allegan venue) on the 26th, 1st assembly of God in GR on the 25th, Streeters Center in Traverse City on the 27th and finally the Moline Baptist Church on the 29th
    Of January 2012, with Kamal speaking at each event, were all advertised and accomplished in the same week without any threat to the public, police presence and without incident!

    I am truly disappointed that more of our elected officials were not present at this important Constitutional event that “for once” actually has some real solutions to the underlying problems that are facing our Constitutional Republic today. I believe that if they were, the shut down would never have happened! IT’s time to take our “HEADS OUT OF THE SAND AND REALIZE THAT WE HAVE A PROBLEM” to aggressively start defending our U.S Constitution and our Country!

    "If we lose freedom here, there is no place to escape to; this is the last stand on Earth." Ronald Reagan
    More references: Center for Security Policy: Washington DC


    Bill Sage
    Allegan County Commissioner
    Constituting Michigan – Return of Founding Principles ##

  • Truth Be Told

    Not the first time people speaking out against Islam in america have been silenced –
    you can always tell who's in charged by finding out who you can't criticize..
    People need to some research, Google this stuff , try a web site called "weazle zippers" or "i hate the media"
    You'll be frightened what you learn

  • Chasity

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    was good. I do not know who you are but certainly you’re going to a famous blogger if you aren’t already ;) Cheers!