NEW YORK, June 3, 2013 -- /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The human rights organization American Freedom Defense Initiative (AFDI) is holding a demonstration for free speech in Tennessee, at the site of a Justice Department initiative advising the application of civil rights laws to shut down criticism of Islam.

AFDI Executive Director Pamela Geller said in a statement: "This is Sharia law. This is imposing the blasphemy laws under the Sharia in contradiction to our fundamental First Amendment rights."

The demonstration and press conference will be held on June 4 at the Manchester-Coffee County Conference Center, 147 Hospitality Blvd, in Manchester, Tennessee, at 5:30 p.m. It is in response to an event at the same place that evening at 6:30, hosted by Bill Killian, U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Tennessee, and an unnamed FBI special agent.

The event hosted by Killian, "Public Disclosure in a Diverse Society," will advise Muslim groups about how some criticism of Islam may violate U.S. civil rights laws.

"We need to educate people about Muslims and their civil rights, and as long as we're here, they're going to be protected," Killian said.

This follows the Obama Administration's endorsement of the UN Human Rights Council's Resolution 16/18, which calls on member states to criminalize "incitement to religious hatred."

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Did you ever think you would be reading something like this in the United States of America? Is this what our brave soldiers have fought for and died throughout history?