The first time critizing Islam is criminalized there will be a lawsuit….we have freedom of speech here in the US and the Muslims aren’t taking it away from us or our politicians. If they try they’ll be voted out of office next time and their law struck down in court as unconstitutional. What are they thinking of? Using the excuse of ‘hate speech’ to restrict the 1st amendment. Most Americans are on to that game.
In refusing to rule out a future law that would criminalize criticism of religion as racist hate speech, the Department of Justice has left the door open to the prospect of Shariah-style law in the United States that would forbid criticism of Islam.
During a House Judiciary Committee Subcommittee on the Constitution, Rep. Trent Franks (R-Ariz) questioned Assistant Attorney General Tom Perez on whether the Justice Department would ever consider banning free speech critical of religion.
“Will you tell us here today simply that this Administration’s Department of Justice will never entertain or advance a proposal that criminalizes speech against any religion?” asked Franks.
Perez replied by asking for context before Franks repeated the question, adding, “That’s not a hard question.”
Perez then tried to add the context of “when you make threats against someone,” but Franks stuck to his original question and repeated it for a third time.
“Again sir, if you have a proposal that you are considering, we will actively review that proposal,” responded Perez.
“OK, here’s my proposal. I’m asking you to answer a question, that’s my proposal. I’m proposing you answer this question,” said Franks, before repeating the question for a fourth time.
Perez again refused to answer the question, asking for more context.
Perez’ evasive response clearly indicates that the Department of Justice under the Obama administration would consider a law that would override the First Amendment and classify criticism of religion as racist hate speech.
The mere fact that Perez refused to rule it out is shocking.
As the New American reports, in October 2011, “Perez and other officials from the Justice Department attended a meeting at George Washington University where a an Egyptian-American lawyer suggested criminalizing speech against Islam.”
Muslim scholars argue that under the terms of the Koran, insulting the Prophet Muhammad is a sin punishable by execution.