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Publius / January 5, 2016

Democrats Hate Free Speech

A House Resolution condemning “bigotry and hateful rhetoric towards Muslims.”

Not that it stands any chance of passing the Republican-controlled House, but several Democrats teamed up to lay their anti-free speech cards on the table. House Resolution 569 condemns “violence, bigotry, and hateful rhetoric towards Muslims in the United States,” and thanks to a few Democrats, it’s now before the House Judiciary Committee.

Robert Spencer writes for Front Page Magazine, “That’s right: ‘violence, bigotry and hateful rhetoric.’ The implications of those five words will fly by most people who read them, and the mainstream media, of course, will do nothing to elucidate them. But what H. Res. 569 does is conflate violence — attacks on innocent civilians, which have no justification under any circumstances — with ‘bigotry’ and ‘hateful rhetoric,’ which are identified on the basis of subjective judgments. The inclusion of condemnations of ‘bigotry’ and ‘hateful rhetoric’ in this Resolution, while appearing to be high-minded, take on an ominous character when one recalls the fact that for years, [Muslim Congressmen Keith Ellison and Andre Carson], and his allies (including groups such as the Hamas-linked Council on American-Islamic Relations, CAIR) have been smearing any and all honest examination of how Islamic jihadists use the texts and teachings of Islam to incite hatred and violence as ‘bigotry’ and ‘hateful rhetoric.’ This Resolution is using the specter of violence against Muslims to try to quash legitimate research into the motives and goals of those who have vowed to destroy us, which will have the effect of allowing the jihad to advance unimpeded and unopposed.”

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