Is Free Speech Dead? Obama Attorney General Promises to Prosecute Anyone Using “Anti-Muslim Speech”

In the aftermath of yet another Muslim terrorist attack on innocent people, Attorney General Loretta Lynch is promising swift and aggressive action against evildoers…

Oh no. Not the evildoers who committed the terrorists acts. No, she’s promising to act against Americans who speak out about the dangers of Islam.

Now obviously this is a country that is based on free speech, but when it edges towards violence, when we see the potential for someone to lift — lifting that mantle of anti-Muslim rhetoric or, as we saw after 9/11, violence against individuals who may not even be Muslims but may be perceived to be Muslims and they will suffer just as well, just as much. When we see that, we will take action….

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Since 9/11, we’ve had over a thousand investigations into acts of anti-Muslim hatred, including rhetoric and bigoted actions, with over 45 prosecutions arising out of that….

I think it’s important, however, that as we again talk about the importance of free speech we make it clear that actions predicated on violent talk are not America they are not who were they are not what we do and they will be prosecuted, so I want that message to be clear also.

Of course, there’s a big problem with what the Attorney General is saying. The US Government and the Department of Justice have no authority to prosecute Americans for their speech. As she notes, the First Amendment is clear – Americans have an inalienable and unassailable right to express their opinions. “Anti”-anything free speech is protected speech, and we cannot be punished for it no matter what liberals (and their cronies in government) think about what we have to say.

The only time that Lynch and her enforcers in the Justice Department could act against our speech is if they hear us make a specific and direct incitement to violence.

The Attorney General should stay out of the speech policing business and focus on actual crimes–like the deadly attack committed by Muslim extremists against the innocent people of San Bernardino, California.

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