Muslim comedian awarded $4.1 million in defamation lawsuit against neo-Nazi site

Religion News Service | 6/12/2019 | Staff
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(RNS) — A federal judge has ordered the publishers of a prominent white supremacist website, the Daily Stormer, to pay $4.1 million in damages to Muslim comedian Dean Obeidallah for publishing false statements accusing him of terrorism.

In 2017, Obeidallah filed a civil suit in Ohio federal court against the Daily Stormer’s founder, Andrew Anglin, over the neo-Nazi site’s false claims that Obeidallah was part of ISIS and was the “mastermind” behind the bombing of an Ariana Grande concert that killed 22 people that year in Manchester, England.

Muslims - Part - Life - Obeidallah - Statement

“American Muslims should be able to take part in public life without being threatened or attacked,” Obeidallah said in a statement after the award was announced Wednesday morning (June 12). “This ruling sends a clear message that Muslim voices will not be silenced by threats and hate.”

Obeidallah is the host of SiriusXM’s daily “The Dean Obeidallah Show,” billed as the first national radio show hosted by a Muslim American, and the podcast “I Want to Be Your Muslim Friend.” The New Jersey-born lawyer-turned-comic also co-founded the New York Arab-American Comedy Festival and co-directed the documentary “The Muslims Are Coming!”

Obeidallah - Money - Organizations - Bigotry

Obeidallah said he plans to give the money to organizations working against bigotry.

“If I collect a penny from the Nazis, I’m not going to keep their money,” he told the Daily Beast. “I’m going to give it to organizations that fight hate and bigotry, the very groups Nazis despise.”

Week - Concert - Attack - Obeidallah - President

A week after the concert attack in 2017, and shortly after Obeidallah published an op-ed about President Trump and white supremacist terrorism, the Daily Stormer posted an article titled “Dean Obeidallah, Mastermind Behind Manchester Bombing, Calls on Trump to Declare Whites the Real Terrorists.”

On Wednesday, U.S. District Judge Edmund Sargus Jr. ruled that Anglin’s statements about Obeidallah were not protected speech under the First Amendment and ordered Anglin...
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