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Trump Presidency Richard Falknor on 15 Sep 2017 06:34 am

GOP Fumbles Free Speech: Trump WH & VA Rep Comstock, or Breitbart’s Kassam, & Monica Morrill?

UPDATE September 16, 2017!  Raheem Kassam: “POTUS Signs ‘Anti-Hate’ Resolution, a Major Assault on America’s First Amendment. . .DACA wasn’t the biggest win for the swamp-left this week.” Read more here !
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“This afternoon [last Wednesday], White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders confirmed President Trump would ‘absolutely’ be signing a resolution drafted by Republican and Democrat lawmakers ‘condemning’ hatred. ‘He and [Senator Tim Scott] talked about that and discussed that and agreed that that was the appropriate place to be,’ Sanders said. ‘In terms of whether or not he’ll sign the joint resolution, absolutely, and he looks forward to doing so as soon as he receives it.’ But the resolution is manifestly a ruse — the first line of attack in a new wave of assaults against free speech in America.”  Raheem Kassam
“Thus far in the United States saying ‘I hate’ something is not a crime, yet in H.Res. 257 put forward by Barbara Comstock, ‘Condemning hate crime and any other form of racism, religious or ethnic bias, discrimination, incitement to violence, or animus targeting a minority in the United States,’ criminalizes free speech.” Monica Morrill

“EMGAGE declares ‘Mission Accomplished’ during Muslim Hill Day to thank Rep. Comstock for her support of H.Res. 257, anti-hate crime legislation” via Monica Morrill

Geographer and analyst Monica Morrill raised the alarm about northern Virginia Republican Representative Barbara Comstock’s sponsorship of anti-free speech legislation  —

  • “The question then becomes, who defines ‘hate speech’ if it is to be forbidden? Laws that push out free speech, regardless of agreement, do not promote understanding in debate but rather confusion. An attempt to muzzle any speech is a cowardly act of avoiding critical thinking and debate, not to mention it’s contradicting the First Amendment. S.Res. 118 gives minority groups ammunition to suppress the natural rights of free speech of the other. Brigette Gabriel shares the shocking details in her Breitbart article, Betrayal: Republicans Push Anti-Free Speech Bill Written by Islamic Terror-Linked Groups. So, it appears that left-leaning Muslim organizations such as EMGAGE, Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC), and the All Dulles Area Muslim Society Center (ADAMS Center) will likely be at the helm defining what hate speech is intolerable for some against others.”
  • “Why did this resolution even come to be earlier this year? The bills [S.Res. 118 and H.Res. 257] were drafted by Muslim organizations: The Muslim Public Affairs Counsel, and EMGAGE. If you start connecting the dots, I believe you will come to the conclusion that the purpose of these organizations is to replace the constitutional right to free speech with Sharia law, prohibits defamation and blasphemy against Islam. These organizations are cleverly criminalizing speech. Read very carefully what the Senate Resolution says. ‘Condemning hate crime and any other form of racism, religious or ethnic bias … (emphasis added)’ The phrase, ‘Any other form,’ undoubtedly refers to speech when read in the context of the resolution.”

On Wednesday, Breitbart London Editor-in-Chief  Raheem Kassam declaredThe Swamp Just Bounced Trump Into A European-Style Assault on Free Speech”!

Most important, he reminded readers – – –

“Many Americans don’t seem to appreciate as much as outside admirers do, that the United States is the only country in the world with a commitment to free speech enshrined in the nation’s Constitution. Many nations do not even have codified constitution of which to speak.”

Kassam explains – –

  • “The five page document [link added, S.J. Res. 49 signed by president yesterday] the President is now committed to signing refers to violence on the side of Neo Nazi protesters, but fails to mention Antifa, or any other leftist-inspired violence, including but not limited to the Bernie Sanders supporter who recently attempted to murder Republican congressmen.”
  • “It demands signatories ‘speak out against hate groups that espouse racism, extremism, xenophobia, anti-Semitism, and White supremacy’ — laudable aims were it not for the fact that the political left has abused and debased these terms, effectively stripping them of all meaning.
  • “Today, a ‘racist’ is someone who believes in legal immigration. An ‘extremist’ is someone who doesn’t believe in mass, state-funded abortion. A ‘xenophobe’ is someone who takes pride in their nation. An ‘anti-Semite’ is — curiously — someone who supports the State of Israel, and ‘white supremacy’ now occupies the Oval Office. The Overton window has shifted so far that even practicing Muslims are now decried by the most heavily quoted sources as ‘Islamophobes.'”
  • “Speaking of Islamophobia, why has that been left out of this resolution? Will there be — as Islamic supremacists often demand — a special case and motion for Muslims alone, to go before the President later this year? Will the White House be equally excited to sign what would effectively be a blasphemy law?”
  • “Perhaps the most insidious part of this document comes right at the end, where the President will accede to ensuring ‘the heads of other Federal agencies… improve the reporting of hate crimes and… emphasize the importance of the collection, and… reporting to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, of hate crime data by State and local agencies‘”.

Patriots should let both the Kassam and Merrill posts sink in — then contrive to derail schemes that menace our basic freedoms of speech and assembly.

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