Obama Muzzles Christians, Protects Muslim Hate

Wednesday, October 28, 2009 10:23 AM

By: Brad O'Leary

Why would President Obama sign legislation that could criminalize certain religious speech and thought in the United States, and at the same time, take steps to safeguard Muslim hate speech internationally?

The answer is that Obama would rather play politics with our sacred right to free speech than protect it at all costs. Two recent events illustrate this clearly.

First, Obama helped pass and signed the Hate Crimes Prevention Act, which would add homosexuals and transsexuals to the list of über-protected citizens under federal hate crimes law. The act passed as an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act. In other words, a vote against the hate crimes bill would have been a vote against funding our troops in Iraq and Afghanistan. (And Congress wonders why its approval rating plumbs new depths daily.)

The bill criminalizes any speech that incites hatred leading to violence against any of the special classes of citizens (homosexuals, transsexuals, etc.) protected under the law. Democrats, however, point to a provision in the bill that they say specifically protects “a person’s exercise of religion, speech, expression, or association