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Waite Park man cited for posting anti-Muslim cartoons in St. Cloud

There are 101 comments on the TwinCities.com story from Jan 23, 2010, titled Waite Park man cited for posting anti-Muslim cartoons in St. Cloud. In it, TwinCities.com reports that:

ST. CLOUD, Minn. - A Minnesota man who admits posting anti-Muslim cartoons in several St.

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DJB

Elk Mound, WI

#2 Jan 23, 2010
I’m tired of people like this dragging our first amendment rights through the mud! That’s exactly what is happening when people post something offensive and wrong then claim freedom of speech. Yes we have free speech but we cant have everyone running out posting whatever they want to on street poles, even these online forums have rules! We need some common sense and decency. I’m not going to get drawn into a pointless discussion with some liberal crack pot about what is and is not decent, common sense is a good enough guide for 90% of the population. If your among the 10% whose parents didn’t love you enough when you were a child to teach you the difference then hopefully you’ll figure it out when you have to defend yourself in court like this guy is doing.

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Thomas Jefferson

Carnegie, PA

#3 Jan 23, 2010
It's called Free Speech.
Justice

Mankato, MN

#4 Jan 23, 2010
Why is the Saint Cloud City Attorney wasting tax payer money trying to convict this man for expressing what most legal citizens of this state feel?
How many innocent Americans have died in the name of that EVIL ISLAMIC religion?
At least this man only used cartoons to express his frustrations!
An Islamic Terrorist would of used a bomb to express their attitude.
what if

Saint Paul, MN

#5 Jan 23, 2010
i wonder what would happen to a muslim american if he was caught posting a anti-Chrisitan cartoons in several St. Cloud locations. i highly doubt he would be cited $250 merely for violating a city ordinance...more like being branded a terrorist, and even if not true, would be locked up on some $2.5 million bail...and then i wonder if he's attorney would then say, "the cartoons may have been distasteful but Elyea meant no harm. He was exercising his right to free speech."

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St Paul

#6 Jan 23, 2010
Thomas Jefferson wrote:
It's called Free Speech.
Ditto.
Tybalt

Saint Paul, MN

#7 Jan 23, 2010
Petersen. sorry. it's Petersen, not Peterson. she should be fired.
Nota Sheep

Pleasanton, CA

#8 Jan 23, 2010
Such a misleading headline. He wasn't arrested for posting the material, as the headline implies... He was arrested for posting things in public. Big difference here!
Elise

River Falls, WI

#9 Jan 23, 2010
"I do not agree with what you have to say, but Ill defend to the death your right to say it.
-- Voltaire
too many dumb people

Saint Paul, MN

#10 Jan 23, 2010
DJB wrote:
I’m tired of people like this dragging our first amendment rights through the mud! That’s exactly what is happening when people post something offensive and wrong then claim freedom of speech. Yes we have free speech but we cant have everyone running out posting whatever they want to on street poles, even these online forums have rules! We need some common sense and decency. I’m not going to get drawn into a pointless discussion with some liberal crack pot about what is and is not decent, common sense is a good enough guide for 90% of the population. If your among the 10% whose parents didn’t love you enough when you were a child to teach you the difference then hopefully you’ll figure it out when you have to defend yourself in court like this guy is doing.
you don't have the right to not be offended!! And freedoms are not guaranteed only to those who agree with YOU!! My guess is this guy isn't really after muslims, I suspect he did it to get the exact reaction it is getting! He wanted to be charged! The city was stupid enough to fall for it and I hope they lose!!
JAdams

AOL

#11 Jan 23, 2010
All this guy needs for a defense is to show just one garage sale sign that is on city property. Ask the city if the garage sale poster was fined.

As I said before, if this guy posted a sign of a crucifix in urine, the mayor would give him the keys to the city.
amy beehive

Saint Paul, MN

#14 Jan 23, 2010
This happened a few weeks ago, and this guy wasn't going to be charged with anything. What happened in the meantime? Maybe pressure from a Gov't. supported, Islamic group.
But this guy had no right to post obscene pictures in public. He should pay his fine, and find a more appropriate way to educate the public about Islam.
bornintheusa

Moline, IL

#15 Jan 23, 2010
i cant hardly believe these post r from minnesotans..vile and disgusting..why would any parent think it is freedom of speach to have filth hanging on poles in their city..sodemy is not what i think parents should allow their children to view..the word taught in bible is what a child should learn..i hardly think the jewsih community qwould like me to post on poles in cities in usa how the talmud teaches it is ok for sex with 3 yr old girls or how the jewsih people in usa dont believe in jesus and muslims do..i think mr nasty should buck up and get a phone ..so we can voice our freedom of speach tro him..he either can not afford a home phone or kinda trailor like ,,and fears if we communicated back our freedom of speach..yes i am a christian in minnesota , and no where in the bible it tells to behave like this..may god help u hateful people..and what would jesus do>???
Jim M in Saint Paul

Saint Paul, MN

#16 Jan 23, 2010
One wonders what sort of education this man has had, if he has ever read a book, made a friend who was not the same as him, traveled beyond his neighborhood, or has any friends at all. I hope I never sit next to him on a bus or an airplane. Such individuals are pathetic.
Thomas Jefferson

Carnegie, PA

#17 Jan 23, 2010
bornintheusa wrote:
i cant hardly believe these post r from minnesotans..vile and disgusting..why would any parent think it is freedom of speach to have filth hanging on poles in their city..sodemy is not what i think parents should allow their children to view..the word taught in bible is what a child should learn..i hardly think the jewsih community qwould like me to post on poles in cities in usa how the talmud teaches it is ok for sex with 3 yr old girls or how the jewsih people in usa dont believe in jesus and muslims do..i think mr nasty should buck up and get a phone ..so we can voice our freedom of speach tro him..he either can not afford a home phone or kinda trailor like ,,and fears if we communicated back our freedom of speach..yes i am a christian in minnesota , and no where in the bible it tells to behave like this..may god help u hateful people..and what would jesus do>???
your jesus is dead
Really

Saint Paul, MN

#18 Jan 23, 2010
Jim M in Saint Paul wrote:
One wonders what sort of education this man has had, if he has ever read a book, made a friend who was not the same as him, traveled beyond his neighborhood, or has any friends at all. I hope I never sit next to him on a bus or an airplane. Such individuals are pathetic.
Nice glasses. Does everything look beautiful through them?? Or are you tranquilized??
Mr black

Minneapolis, MN

#19 Jan 23, 2010
good post more cartoons about this group muslims are a big cartoon and lets not hide the facts that most of americans can do without them.
Pat

Saint Paul, MN

#20 Jan 23, 2010
So if a little girl, and her mother posts a lost dog poster on a telephone post is she or her parents gonna be fined?
R is for Redneck

Duluth, MN

#21 Jan 23, 2010
Lock that trash up.
Soldier 1

Plymouth, MN

#22 Jan 23, 2010
I guess that in his narrow mind we should start killing off people because of their different beliefs in like they do in Iraq and Afganistan.
This country is full of diversity and the muslim religion didn`t start here when these wars started... they have been here for decades.
Anyone can be ignorant.
If he had been born in the middle east, he would be muslim also.
I have learned that if you sit down and talk to people, most of them are intelligent...MOST PEOPLE.
Soldier 1

Plymouth, MN

#23 Jan 23, 2010
Justice wrote:
Why is the Saint Cloud City Attorney wasting tax payer money trying to convict this man for expressing what most legal citizens of this state feel?
How many innocent Americans have died in the name of that EVIL ISLAMIC religion?
At least this man only used cartoons to express his frustrations!
An Islamic Terrorist would of used a bomb to express their attitude.
I think the people you should have addressed this to are still in Afganistan, Syria, Jordan, Iran and Iraq.
Both times I was there, I didn`t have a problem with the common people, it was the radicals trying to kill us and besides Islam like all religions, are peaceful till someone twists the words into what they want to hear.

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