But it may not, under the First Amendment, prevent or punish speech even if it may be viewed as hostile to a religion.”–Â Floyd Abrams, one of the country’s most respected First Amendment attorneys.
A conservative watchdog group, Judicial Watch, accused the Obama administration of using federal law to specifically protect Muslims from criticism.
“In its latest effort to protect followers of Islam in the U.S. the Obama Justice Department warns against using social media to spread information considered inflammatory against Muslims, threatening that it could constitute a violation of civil rights,” the group wrote inÂ a blog post….
“He’s just wrong,” said Floyd Abrams, one of the country’s most respected First Amendment attorneys. “The government may, indeed, play a useful and entirely constitutional role in urging people not to engage in speech that amounts to religious discrimination. But it may not, under the First Amendment, prevent or punish speech even if it may be viewed as hostile to a religion.”–
U.S. Attorney William C. Killian is the US Attorney for Easter Tennessee who will be speaking at theÂ event in Manchester, Tennessee,Â explaining how the Feds can prosecute US citizens for unspecified “anti-Muslim” posts on the internet. This comes from the website of theÂ Department of Justice – Eastern TennesseeÂ where they have a specialÂ outreach programÂ for Muslims and Arab-Americans. The following speech was given as part of that outreach program.
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn.- After over two years of construction, on Saturday night, August 25, 2012, the Chattanooga Islamic Center hosted a grand opening celebration. Approximately 250 individuals from all sectors, including federal, state and local officials, law enforcement, and representatives from the general public from all religious groups, attended the event.
After a tour of the facilities and dinner, attendees were welcomed to the event by Dr. Mounir Minkara, Anoor Academy Board Member, and Bassam Issa, President, Islamic Society of Greater Chattanooga. Then, U.S. Attorney Killian delivered one of two keynote addresses for the evening, Commitment to Civil Rights, the content of which follows.
As Salaam Alekum
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