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.
Are you scared yet? You should be. This isn’t islamophobia or fear mongering, this is a blatant infringement of The Bill of Rights – YOUR First Amendment right to free speech and free press. We can not allow this to happen…ever.
First Amendment freedoms are most in danger when the government seeks to control thought or to justify its laws for that impermissible end. The right to think is the beginning of freedom, and speech must be protected from the government because speech is the beginning of thought.
When the public’s right to know is threatened, and when the rights of free speech and free press are at risk, all our other liberties are endangered.
We’re sliding down that slippery slope and fast.
As Americans, this shouldn’t even be open for debate.
We already have laws in place for extending protections-
As originally intended, freedom of speech never meant a perversion of polite society. You can’t disturb a religious service with impunity, for example, and of course deliberately creating a panic by falsely shouting fire in a crowded theater is not a freedom of speech issue, but an incitement to riot. Free speech is meant to protect unpopular speech.
It’s already happened in the UK. – A 22-year-old man has been charged on suspicion of making malicious comments on Facebook following the murder of British soldier Lee Rigby. Benjamin Flatters, from Lincoln, was arrested last night after complaints were made to Lincolnshire Police about comments made on Facebook, which were allegedly of a racist or anti-religious nature. He was charged with an offense of malicious communications this afternoon in relation to the comments, a Lincolnshire Police spokesman said.
Two other men from the UK were released on bail by British authorities after anti-Islam/Muslim/Terrorist comments on Twitter. British Police had nothing to say to Muslims if they attempted any copycat terrorist attacks, but warned other people to be careful about what they write on twitter. Police say ‘consequences could be serious.’
Posting your opinion on Facebook, a Tweet or even a blog post and you can face criminal charges. Is that what you want here? It’s not such a big imaginary leap to being dragged out of your home in the middle of the night for being critical of our government.
UPDATE Saturday June 1st: Meeting on How the Feds Might Prosecute Those Who Post “Inflammatory Documents” About Muslims