Colorado appeals court sides against Northglenn mosque protester in defamation lawsuit

Colorado Politics: Colorado’s second-highest court on Thursday agreed a man who filed suit over media coverage of his protest activity failed to show how his defamation claims had merit.

In April 2021, the Northglenn/Thornton Sentinel reported on Richard Roy Blake’s protests outside Masjid Ikhlas – Metropolitan Denver North Islamic Center. For years, Blake had shown up to “open houses” at the mosque, reportedly hoping to find “moderate” Muslims who were receptive to his concerns about the treatment of women and Christians under some Islamic regimes.

At one point, a jury in municipal court convicted him of violating Northglenn’s sidewalk obstruction ordinance, after Blake stood outside with a sign that read “Equal Rights for Christians in Islamic Nations” on one side and “Islam Kills” on the other.

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