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A Chattanooga Tennessee woman has been terminated from her place of employment for daring to exercise her First Amendment right of free speech following the Islamic terrorist attack in that city last month.

Heidi Grubbs was not only terminated by the Belk Department Store at the Northgate Mall in Chattanooga, but was told she is banned from all six malls in the area for a year.

The termination came after Grubbs posted handwritten signs on her car expressing her anger and disgust over the July 16 attack by Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez in Chattanooga that killed four Marines and one sailor. The attack by the radicalized Muslim began at a military recruitment center at a strip mall and seven miles away at a U.S. Naval Reserve training center.

The violence lasted thirty minutes during which the Islamic radical unloaded over 100 rounds of ammunition into the storefront military office forcing surrounding stores into lockdown for several hours and shocking the southern city.

Grubbs’ notice of termination Grubbs claimed she had violated store policy by what it termed “harassment of our associates and customers for their religious affiliations and their national origin… What you have done is highly offensive and intolerable.”

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However, the management company later claimed to local reporters that it was Grubbs’ use of profanity in the homemade signs that led to her dismissal rather than her anti-Islamic statements.

The signs on Grubb’s car contained some expletives, but were mainly directed at the terrorist, Abdulazeez and his family, rather than Muslims as a whole and expressed her resolve against the threat of Islamic extremism in her community.

“I am NOT afraid of the muslim [sic] Brotherhood in Chattanooga TN!” read one sign.

Another read, “I eat bacon!” in reference to the Islamic ban on eating

Grubbs says she would like to take legal action to defend her right to express her opinions, but is concerned that local attorneys may be intimidated by the Muslim community and politically correct attitudes.

The First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution provides that a citizen’s right to free speech may not be constrained except in certain circumstances for public safety, and interpretation by the Supreme Court has repeatedly upheld the right to express even unpopular or offensive speech.

 

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