The Tennessee Freedom Coalition


WHEN THE United States is in a tough fight, Tennessee always comes through. When the War of 1812 broke out between the United States and Britain, 2,000 Tennesseans volunteered to fight under General Andrew Jackson. The Tennesseans made up the main part of Jackson's army that defeated the British at the Battle of New Orleans on January 8, 1815.

In the Mexican war, Tennessee was asked to call up 2,800 men. But 30,000 volunteered. Tennessee is known as the "volunteer state" for good reason. And they're still earning that moniker today. All over the world, people are yielding to Islam's relentless encroachment. But Tennesseans aren't having it.

Orthodox Muslims have come to Tennessee to push their agenda, but they've come to the wrong place.

Leading the fight is the
Tennessee Freedom Coalition (TFC), a non-partisan grassroots movement led by executive director Lou Ann Zelenik and chairman Andy Miller.

Among TFC's goals is to "educate citizens on the realities of Sharia and stop the growth of radical Islam." They create events that inform people with educational forums and expert speakers, and by conducting political workshops.

They've only been in existence for a few months, and already TFC has accomplished two remarkable things: They partnered with Americans for Peace and Tolerance to make a professional documentary that exposed radical Islamist preachers in Nashville — preachers who had been accepted by the city leadership and the media as "moderates," but who were indoctrinating students at both Vanderbilt and Tennessee State University (as well as their mosque members in Nashville) with extremist, anti-American views.

You can see their first-rate 16-minute video on YouTube here:
Losing Our Community. This video had a significant part to play in alerting legislators to what needed to be done, and they recently voted overwhelmingly to approve an anti-terrorism bill in a 26-3 landslide in Tennessee's Senate. The vote passed in the House a few days earlier, 76-16. The bill allows Tennessee to prosecute anyone who provides material support for terrorism of any kind.

The other important thing TFC has accomplished is the inaugural Signature Series event on May 12, 2011. The main speakers were
Geert Wilders, Sam Solomon, and Bill Warner. This event also had a major educational influence on Tennessee politicians and helped the anti-terrorism bill pass. Many state legislators had a chance to meet with and listen to Geert Wilders at this event, and the very next day, the bill had 14 new co-sponsors!

You can read an excellent first-hand account of the event by Baron Bodissey here:
Tennessee the Model. But I'd like to quote Bodissey briefly here, just to give you an idea of what kind of event it was:

Last week’s events in Nashville can provide inspiration for the rest of the United States, Canada, Europe, Australia, and anywhere else in world where grassroots groups are resisting Islamization. Tennessee can also serve as a model for future actions all across the American heartland.

This was the largest and most effective event of its type that I have ever attended, and one of the main reasons for its success was the mega-church environment. I realize that this doesn’t sit well with some of our atheist or secular readers, but it’s hard to argue with effectiveness.

The plans to bring in Mr. Wilders gained TFC some media attention a day or two ahead of the event, but most of the advance publicity was by word-of-mouth through churches, civic organizations, and the local Republican party. The venue was ideal for a large crowd, since it could seat as many people as a convention hall, and had enough parking to accommodate all their vehicles. The church already had the expertise and personnel to direct traffic, deal with crowd control, and provide security. With the local police cooperating, the setup was orderly and secure.

There was no entry fee.

The audience response to the speeches was uniformly positive and enthusiastic — Geert Wilders was interrupted by applause over and over again. One could tell that people had been desperate to hear these things actually spoken out loud. These were opinions which they had thought were forbidden, but which they now understood to be held in common with thousands of other Tennesseans. Mr. Wilders reminded them of their rights under the First Amendment — as he said, “here I can say what I want to say without having to fear that I will be dragged to court upon leaving this church.”

Thousands of people who had never heard of Geert Wilders have now listened to him and understood his message.

TFC has a DVD of the inaugural Signature Series event, which you can purchase here:
Geert Wilders' Warning to America. The Nashville event was Wilders' only United States appearance during his last visit. You can see Bill Warner's speech, which is included on the DVD, here.

The DVD is perfect for sharing with people who have not yet fully "embraced the horror" (people who haven't yet accepted the idea that Islam is not a religion of peace). They will see and hear with their own eyes that there are a lot of people who appreciate this information. From the applause you can hear on the DVD, you can tell the audience is enormous. It isn't a few crackpot conspiracy theorists in a dingy basement. This is a mainstream, well-attended, openly-publicized event, and this lends a tremendous feeling of legitimacy to the whole affair that will have a positive influence on your skeptical friends and family.

A couple of days before the inaugural Signature Series event, TFC had a smaller event which included a barbecue and a lecture by Sam Solomon. Twenty-five legislators attended this event. When Solomon first stood up to speak, he wasn't getting much attention. Many people in the audience were texting or doing something with their phones. But as soon as Solomon began speaking, they could not look away.

Solomon speaks with authority. He is a not only a former Muslim, he is a former Middle Eastern Muslim scholar and professor of Sharia law who can still easily recite the Koran from memory. He speaks fluent Arabic. He's now a senior lecturer and research coordinator, a human rights activist and an advisor to British as well as European parliamentarians.

At the TFC barbecue event, Solomon took the room under his spell and many of the legislators afterwards remarked about how much Solomon's talk had advanced their understanding of the very real threat Sharia law poses to the West.

Beforehand the legislators were told they wouldn't have to endure more than 30 minutes of lecture time. But they asked so many questions, the session was stopped after an hour and 20 minutes. This doubtless had a strong influence on the anti-terrorism bill landslide I mentioned above.
This fall TFC is planning an event centering around "jihad hotels" and illegal immigration.

The Tennessee Freedom Coalition is a new and formidable force in the counterjihad movement. I encourage you to
sign up for the TFC email updates, to "like" TFC on Facebook, and to follow TFC on Twitter. You can contact them at


Anonymous 2:00 PM  

Somewhere the West needs a backbone.

And in the US it seems like it may be Tennessee.

The events of Oslo however makes it incumbent on all of us who strive for freedom to ensure that we never give the Islamists and Their Allies (PCs and Leftists) opportunities to silence us.

The Ogre of Oslo has done precisely that!

Thanks to the Ogre of Oslo we will now face an onslaught from the PCs and The Left, seeking to silence us as “sources of hate”.

At the same time the PCs and The Left will turn a blind eye to the prolific sources of hate that muster at least every Friday in countless mosques all over the world preaching the supremacist values of Islam.

That is the realpolitiek of it – not fair but that is how it is.

If we are to be the Backbone of the West we need to maintain the standards of our Western Civilization.

We need to ensure that stupid racism does not rear its ugly head – rather a myriad “non-white” peaceful humans (using the obnoxious vocabulary of Apartheid South Africa) than a single crazed “white” Islamist!

After all at Beslan we had ten crazed “white” (Caucasian) Islamists.

We need to insist upon the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and demand that all our politicians subscribe to it impartially.

All Politically Correct Blind Eyes should be challenged – but not in the Way of the Ogre of Oslo!

Beslan, allowed to disappear into media oblivion, needs to be brought back into the world’s consciousness.

Yes, an insane self styled “Christian fundamentalist” (a contradiction as Christ never ever sanctioned violence unlike Muhammad) committed a horrendous massacre in Oslo.

Even so it is a quarter the massacre of children caused by Muslims carrying out the urgings of Islamic doctrine at Beslan.

And no PC nor Leftist will refer back to it … so it is up to us to remind them of their hypocrisy!

Miriam 8:17 PM  

Wow! that is citizen warrior stuff! I wondered when such a thing would happen.

Anonymous 12:52 AM  

The Ogre of Oslo will indeed be made the "Islamophobic Fall Guy" as per this excellent article below:

PCs and The Left and Islamists In Disguise will seize the opportunity to smear all those who speak out against Islamism from Ayaan Hirsi Ali to Geert Wilders to everyone else.

The left leaning media will be their platform and Robert Fisk & Other Celebrity Useful Idiots will no doubt join the fray.

The onslaught will be relentless ... and we will have our work cut out to diminish its effect.

The Ogre of Oslo betrayed us with his massacre - but we must not let the PCs and The Left and the Islamists in Disguise get away with what they intend doing now.

The only way is to remind them of Beslan - a greater massacre produced by the explicit urgings of the Koran - unlike the delusional 'Christian' interpretations of the Ogre of Oslo.

Elsa 12:53 PM  

Congratulations. Elsa

Anonymous 12:38 PM  

The problem is that there are already sharia law police and judges in the USA. They do not believe in the USA Constitution and free speech.
Unless you are very rich in the USA and dropping hundreds of thousands of dollars for lawyers is no problem with you, you do not have free speech in the USA where Islam is concerned.
What is needed is a place where all Americans can go to where they will be helped if their rights of free speech are taken away, besides going to money grubbing lawyers. Until that happens no American is guaranteed free speech.
It is a lie that there is free speech in the USA.

Unknown 5:53 PM  

I understand whats happening. I understand that our so called president has ruined the country we loved and has now has endangered each and every one of us and our children. It's time. It's time to do more than place our irrelevant votes. We are at war with an enemy who we are too afraid to fight because it may be politically correct. FUCK ISLAM, FUCK ALLAH, and FUCK MUHAMMED!

Unknown 10:54 AM  

I agree with you 100% unknown. How do you join a group like this?

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