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Ruling: Military camp improperly banned anti-Islam decals

5 years ago April 01, 2010 Apr 1, 2010 Thursday, April 01 2010 Thursday, April 01, 2010 10:31:29 AM EDT in News
Source: Associated Press

A federal judge says officials at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina violated the rights of a military veteran when they banned the anti-Islam decals on his car.

Jesse Nieto's decals compared Islam to terrorism and advocated defecating on the Quran. U.S. District Judge Malcolm J. Howard ruled that the ban violated Nieto's free speech.  He said a regulation targeting inflammatory speech on base was applied to Nieto's decals, but not to pro-Islamic messages that may have been seen as offensive.

Nieto's car also featured a decal commemorating the 2000 bombing of the USS Cole, in which 17 crewmembers died, including one of his sons.  Nieto did not seek any money in the case.

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