Freedom of Speech? Not When You Speak of Islam

The very first amendment to our Constitution was to protect our rights as citizens to be free to speak our minds and to have our say about various issues.  We have the right of free speech but if we are careless in our speech the courts have said that the freedom of speech may cost us if we damage the reputation of another by speaking an untruth about them.

In the last several years the anti-Christian rhetoric has increased in our nation and many have accused Christians of being ‘racist’, ‘bigoted’, ‘homophobic’ and even ‘terrorists’.  Some of this even coming from governmental figures.  When a Christian speaks out, he or she is told to ‘suck it up’ or ‘can’t you take a little criticism’ or ‘I thought you were to turn the other cheek’.

So imagine my surprise when a group of Democratic congressional members sponsored House Resolution 569 which ‘condemns ‘violence, bigotry, and hateful rhetoric toward Muslims in the United States’.  This resolution was filed on December 17, 2015 and has been referred to committee.  What is’ bigotry and hateful rhetoric’ like beauty is in the eye of the beholder.  It is subjective in determination.  Were you called a ‘bigot’ when you indicated that your Bible indicates that marriage should only be between a man and a woman?  Someone determined that you had uttered ‘bigoted’ speech and all you were doing was stating your belief.  That is why unless there is a consensus as to what is hateful or bigoted speech we should not try to regulate that, we should keep our freedom of speech.

If you want to condemn ‘bigotry and hateful rhetoric’ lets not single out Muslims, why not include Christians.  Why should people be allowed to use ‘bigotry and hateful rhetoric’ against Christians, but not Muslims.  Why as citizens should we not be able to investigate Islam.  We need to be able to use legitimate research into the motives and goals of this religion.

Look at what Omar Ahmad, Founder of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) has to say about Islam, “Islam isn’t in America to be equal to any other faith, but to become dominant.  The Koran, the Muslim book of scripture, should be the highest authority in America, and Islam the only accepted religion on Earth.”  And we can’t investigate this to see what Islam is all about and discuss those things that might be dangerous.  We need to be able to do our ‘due diligence’ and this resolution would stop any discussion of the problems with Islam as Muslims would say that any criticism of Islam would be ‘bigotry and hateful rhetoric’.

Let’s hope that resolution never sees the light of day.  Our country does not need to criminalize those who might criticize Islam.  It seems to be OK to have ‘artists’ place Jesus on the cross in a container of human pee and to place a poster of a portrait of Jesus and cover it with human feces, but draw a picture of Muhammad and you could be killed—remember Charlie Hebdo.

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