Of course, Join the Caravan is readily available online, but nonetheless, this is a good principle to uphold. Would these “civil libertarians” have fought for the right to circulate Mein Kampf among Germans in the U.S. during World War II?
“Court upholds ban on bin Laden book,” from AAP, with thanks to the Constantinopolitan Irredentist:
Civil libertarians have failed to overturn the ban on the sale of two books, one containing a preface written by Osama bin Laden.
In the Federal Court on Thursday, Justice Richards Edmonds dismissed an application by NSW Council for Civil Liberties Inc relating to the books Join the Caravan and Defence of the Muslim Lands.
The Classifications Review Board banned their sale last July after concluding both books “promote, incite or instruct in matters of crime or violence”.
But the civil libertarians took issue with that conclusion, also arguing the two decisions involved errors in law.
The books originally were allowed for sale, but were banned after the federal attorney-general asked for a review of the December 2005 Classification Board decision.
Justice Edmonds said the review board noted the author of Join the Caravan, Sheik Abdullah Azzam, was often referred to as the Godfather of Jihad.
His motto, quoted in the book, was “Jihad and rifle alone. No negotiations. No conferences and No Dialogue”.
“The review board considered that the book was `written in an emotive and passionate appeal to Muslims undertaking Jihad’,” the judge said.
It also considered the book was, in its own words, “one of the principal inspirations for thousands of Muslims from all over the world to go and fight in Afghanistan to defend Muslim blood, property and honour”.
The second book, written by the same Sheik, contained a preface by Osama bin Laden.