“The government may not, under the First Amendment, prevent or punish speech…

But it may not, under the First Amendment, prevent or punish speech even if it may be viewed as hostile to a religion.”– 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 in 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.”–

Feds Suggest Anti-Muslim Speech Can Be Punished

Meet The Gentlemen Speech-Police Who Plan to Prosecute You For Internet Postings Upsetting to Muslims 

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U.S. Attorney William C. Killian is the US Attorney for Easter Tennessee who will be speaking at the event in Manchester, Tennessee, explaining how the Feds can prosecute US citizens for unspecified “anti-Muslim” posts on the internet. This comes from the website of the Department of Justice – Eastern Tennessee where they have a special outreach program 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

It is an honor to be here and speak to you. (More)

One thought on ““The government may not, under the First Amendment, prevent or punish speech…”

  1. I hate islam and moslems precisely and specifically because I hate crimes and the criminals that commit them.

    Any jerk who insists on pretending to make it “illegal” to accuse these holy mobster criminals (“moslems”) of their crimes, because that might offend them by hurting their feelings with the often-painful truth, and so might “make” them commit even more crimes, is a victim-blaming self-blinded willing accesory and enabler of those same crimes, and so must be arrested, indicted, tried, convicted and sentences to the appropriate punishments for abdicating their sworn oaths and duties to defend and protect the public from criminals and crime gangs, and for their criminally negligent treasons to rationality and civilization.

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