A Florida man who protested Muslim Family Day at Six Flags over Texas last month is prohibited from threatening or harming event participants, a district judge ruled late Wednesday.

Several local Muslim organizations, including the DFW Islamic Educational Center, on Monday asked state District Judge Ken Curry to bar Joe Kaufman, co-founder of Americans Against Hate, from causing or inciting violence against their members.

Curry said the groups’ request was too vague and could not be enforced, but he issued an injunction prohibiting Kaufman from threatening and causing bodily injury to organizers of the event.

The ruling shows that justice was served, said Jamal Qaddura, a leader in Arlington’s Islamic community who helped organize the event.

Kaufman said Wednesday that he was unaware of the ruling and would have to consult with his attorneys before commenting.

Curry also ruled that Texas courts have jurisdiction in this matter, paving the way for Islamic organizations in North Texas to seek libel damages from Kaufman. (MORE)


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