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It's Official: First Amendment Goes Bye-Bye

Politico tells us that a US Attorney in Tennessee is "vowing to use federal civil rights statutes to clamp down on offensive and inflammatory speech about Islam."

So it's gone beyond targeting conservative groups for "special treatment" by the IRS. It's now that if you say something "offensive and inflammatory" about Muslims, the federal prosecutor is coming for you.

"This is an educational effort with civil rights laws as they play into freedom of religion and exercising freedom of religion," [US Attorney Bill] Killian said about the meeting. "This is also to inform the public what federal laws are in effect and what the consequences are."

Oh, OK, Mr. Killian.  Why don't you tell us specifically "what the consequences are?"  And don't we love DOJ's version of "an educational effort?"  Wasn't this sort of "educational effort" most recently used by the Khmer Rouge?

"If a Muslim had posted 'How to Wink at a Christian [with a target picture],' could you imagine what would have happened?" Killian asked, according to the newspaper.

Yes, I can.  Nothing.  

Didn't it used to be liberals who told us that First Amendment protections are most vital precisely when speech was offensive and inflammatory?  Yeah, well, I guess that was when Obama's minions were screaming in the streets that George Bush is Hitler.  How times have changed.


Nah, Bill, this is just dancing on its grave. It went bye-bye when Sibelius came down hard on healthcare companies for their communications to customers. Or when elected officials stated that the FCC will be looking at people's licenses based on the content of political ads they ran.

The difference is that HHS and the FCC can't put you in jail, unlike the US Attorney. Still, on the overall merits, you nailed it.

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