Rather than denouncing the horrific acts of terrorism that took place in San Bernardino, California, Attorney General Loretta Lynch told a group assembled for the Muslim Advocates dinner that the Justice Department is prepared to take “aggressive action” against Americans who speak anti-Muslim rhetoric that “edges towards violence.”
Ms. Lynch, please define ‘anti-Muslim rhetoric that edges towards violence’… would that be like black people chanting ‘DEATH TO WHITEY,” no, that is within their First Amendment rights. How about Muslims chanting ‘DEATH TO AMERICA,’ or ‘DEATH TO AMERICAN INFIDELS,’ of course not.
In effect, Lynch just told the American people they have no First amendment rights where Muslims are concerned.
Blacks can chant ‘kill whitey,’ and Muslims can call for the death of Americans who are ‘non-believers’ of the Koran, but Americans cannot say anything that ‘edges towards violence’ when speaking about Muslims.
I’m sure the DOJ will have Mark Zuckerberg’s full support in monitoring ‘anti-Muslim rhetoric’ posts on Facebook and reporting people. As it stands now, they punish people with 30 day timeouts for posting anything offensive against Muslims.
Speaking at Muslim Advocate’s 10th anniversary dinner, Lynch said since the terrorist attacks in Paris last month, she is increasingly concerned with the “incredibly disturbing rise of anti-Muslim rhetoric … that fear is my greatest fear.”
The fear that you have just mentioned is in fact my greatest fear as a prosecutor, as someone who is sworn to the protection of all of the American people, which is that the rhetoric will be accompanied by acts of violence. My message to not just the Muslim community but to the entire American community is: we cannot give in to the fear that these backlashes are really based on.
Lynch made it clear that she shares those concerns, but vowed to use the DOJ to protect Muslims from discrimination and violence. Noting the rise in violence against Muslims and mosques in the wake of the Paris attacks, Lynch added that, “When we talk about the First amendment we [must] make it clear that actions predicated on violent talk are not American. They are not who we are, they are not what we do, and they will be prosecuted.”
“We’re at the point where these issues have come together really like never before in law enforcement thought and in our nation’s history and it gives us a wonderful opportunity and a wonderful moment to really make significant change.”