USMC Base Bans Anti-Islamic Decals-Truth!
Marine Base Bans Anti-Islamic Decals On Cars-Truth!
Summary of eRumor:
A forwarded email of a news story about a law suit filed by a 25 year Marine Veteran, Jesse Nieto, who lost his youngest son in the USS Cole incident in 2000. Nieto was issued a citation for his car being decorated with
2 decals saying “Islam = Terrorism” and “We Died, They Rejoiced” and his car is now banned from federal property until the decals are removed. The lawsuit is because he feels his Constitutional rights were violated.
This is true according to several news articles and a report on WNCT TV in North Carolina.
Jesses Nieto is a 25 year United States Marine Veteran who served two tours of duty during the Viet Nam war and his youngest son, Marc, lost his life in the line of duty during the bombing of USS Cole in 2000. Nieto works on the military base at Camp LeJeune, North Carolina and according to the reports , Nieto put two decals on his car after the death of his son. They say “Islam = Terrorism” and “We Died, They Rejoiced.” His vehicle also has a custom plate that says “USS-COLE.”
WNCT interviewed Major Nat Fahy with Camp Lejeune regarding the incident and his reply was, “We’re not discriminating against him we are just discriminating against the decals he has on his car which were offensive to the Islamic religion.” The WNCT report went on to say Camp Lejeune base order states that “owners are prohibited from displaying extremist, indecent, sexists or racists messages on their motor vehicles in any format.”
Major Fahy told WNCT that this was in response to a number of complaints received at the Equal Employment Opportunity office. Nieto was issued two citations by military police officers and ordered to remove decals from his vehicle. After he refused to to do so the officials removed his base permit decal from his vehicle. Nieto continues to work on the base, according to the report, but drives another car in to work.
Nieto and his attorney, Robert Muise have filed a suit claiming this is to be a violation of the Constitutional right of freedom of speech, citing that other vehicles with questionable bumper stickers are still being permitted on the base.
Click here for the WNCT report
A real example of the eRumor as it has appeared on the Internet:
Marine base bans anti-Islam decals
Chad Groening – OneNewsNow – 11/17/2008 9:00:00 AM
A law firm that defends and promotes America’s Christian heritage has filed suit against Marine officials on a behalf of a veteran who was ordered not to express his opposition to Islamic terrorism while driving on military installations.
Jesse Nieto is a 25-year Marine veteran who served two tours of duty in Vietnam. His youngest son, Marc, was one of 17 service members killed on October 12, 2000 by Islamic terrorists who bombed the USS Cole. Since 2001, Nieto — who is now a civilian employee at Camp LeJeune, North Carolina — has displayed various decals on his vehicle expressing anti-terrorist sentiments such as “Islam = Terrorism” and “We Died, They Rejoiced.”
Richard Thompson, president and chief counsel of the Thomas More Law Center, says on July 31, 2008, two military police officers issued Nieto a ticket for displaying what they described as “offensive material.”
“They decide to make an example of him, issue a ticket, force him to take off the decals — and then say if you keep any decals on your vehicle that have anything to do with the Islamic terrorists, you can’t drive your vehicle on any federal installation,” says the attorney.
Thompson says the ban also prohibits his client from driving his vehicle into Arlington National Cemetery to visit the grave of his fallen son.
The lawsuit alleges that military officials have engaged in viewpoint discrimination, noting that other individuals are allowed to display anti-Christian decals of a similar nature on vehicles driving onto the installation.
“That’s the Darwin fish that they have, which is an anti-Christian decal,” says the Law Center president. “They’re permitting those. But they are saying anything that smacks of criticism of radical Islam — that is, the terrorists — we’re not going to allow.”
Thompson describes the case as political correctness run amok.
“I suspect the next thing the Marine command will want to do is eliminate the Marine’s Hymn since the phrase ‘to the shores of Tripoli’ celebrates the Marine victory over Islamic forces in the Barbary Coast War and the Battle of Derne,” he states in a press release.