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Publius / Dec. 7, 2015

Lynch’s Muslim Straw Man

Undermining national security with political correctness.

Speaking before a Muslim lobbying group’s 10th anniversary dinner, Attorney General Loretta Lynch vowed to prosecute anyone the federal government deemed too critical of Muslims. “Now obviously this is a country that is based on free speech,” Lynch conceded in her remarks before getting to the inevitable “but.” She continued, “[B]ut when it edges towards violence, when we see the potential for someone lifting that mantle of anti-Muslim rhetoric … when we see that we will take action.” Lynch is setting up a straw man, just like Barack Obama did on Sunday when he kept insisting “we’re not at war with Islam.” No one says we are — it’s the Left that won’t admit radical Islam is a problem. Still, it’s an excuse to start prosecuting thought-crime. Lynch’s “greatest fear” is the “incredibly disturbing rise of anti-Muslim rhetoric” and she says the San Bernardino massacre “gives us a wonderful opportunity and a wonderful moment to really make significant change.” By the way leftist leaders talk, the Islamic State is a secular force devoid of true religion. They obscure the fact that it’s a radical form of Islam, and in so doing, they undermine the nation’s security.

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