April 03, 2011

Reid & Graham Propose Rape Of First Amendment, Implementation Of Sharia Blasphemy Code


Here in America, you can burn an American flag with the full protection of the US Constitution. You can burn a copy of the Declaration of Independence or the Constitution. You can legally burn a cross. You can display a crucifix in a jar of urine or a picture of the Virgin Mary covered in animal feces -- and get funding from the taxpayer to do so. But if Harry Reid and Lindsey Graham have their way, you won't be able to burn or deface one particular book -- Muhammad's Big Book of Lies, AKA the Quran.

Here's Reid's take.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) told CBS’s Bob Schieffer on Sunday that some members of Congress were considering some kind of action in response to the Florida Quran burning that sparked a murderous riot at a United Nations complex in Afghanistan and other mayhem.

And Graham's.

I wish we could find a way to hold people accountable. Free speech is a great idea, but we’re in a war. During World War II, we had limits on what you could say if it would inspire the enemy. So, burning a Koran is a terrible thing but it doesn’t justify killing someone. Burning a Bible would be a terrible thing but it doesn’t justify murder.

But interestingly enough, there are no murders taking place because of blasphemy against Christian beliefs of the burning of Bibles. Heck, the US government actually burns inconvenient Bibles lest Muslims be offended. Somehow these enemies of freedom of speech didn't see a need to investigate or hold hearings on that action by the government using taxpayer dollars -- but they want to investigate a private individual who burned a single book that he purchased with private dollars? Really?

What this means, of course, is the replacement of the First Amendment with the Sharia Code -- hence my decision to put that video at the top of the page. What next? Punishment for me for daring to show these cartoons again?













After all, these cartoons were the excuse used by Muslims to riot and murder -- obviously Americans need to be prohibited from publishing or seeing these, since they offend Muslims during time of war.

Some argue that burning a Quran is "crying fire in a crowded theater". When they invoke that metaphor, they forget where it came from -- Schenck v. United States -- and the full quote.

The most stringent protection of free speech would not protect a man in falsely shouting fire in a theatre and causing a panic.

The operative word there is FALSELY -- because after all, there are circumstances when shouting fire in a theater would be fully justified -- such as when there actually is a fire, or when doing so is a part of the performance itself. And indeed, the central holding of Schenck -- that Congress could prohibit speech that had a "clear and present danger" of causing harm -- was explicitly overturned a half-century later in Brandenburg v. Ohio. The later case held that the speech had to be intended to provoke "imminent lawless action" and be likely to do so -- which would mean that Terry Jones' Quran burning session could NEVER be prohibited under the US Constitution because he lacked the intent to provoke violence and the violence that did eventually come about happened half a world away due to the incitement of others in that country.

Others, of course, try to argue that Quran burning can be banned on the basis that they constitute "fighting words, as defined in Chaplinsky v. New Hampshire, which allows for the banning of that class of speech which are of slight social value and "which by their very utterance inflict injury or tend to incite an immediate breach of the peace." That argument fails, though, in a case like this one -- after all, the Quran burning took place as a part of a larger effort to refute the ideas the book contains. While one might argue that burning a Quran could be banned if it were done outside the doors of a mosque while prayers were in progress due to the likelihood of its inciting a breach of peace, the same cannot be said when (as in this case) the deed is done in a Christian church with an audience that chose to come to witness the event. What's more, in Terminiello v. City of Chicago, the Supreme Court held that it is unconstitutional to ban speech because it "invites dispute", "induces a condition of unrest, creates dissatisfaction with conditions as they are, or even stirs people to anger." Moreover, the notion that a propensity for violence on the part of opponents of a message may be grounds for suppressing that message is itself antithetical to the First Amendment.

It is interesting that today, on Broadway, a play is running (to critical acclaim,, not White House condemnation) that mocks the beliefs of millions of Americans and profanes the name of their sacred text. Followers of that faith have not take to the streets in murderous rage, demanding an end to the performances and the punishment of those involved in the production. In Los Angeles, an art exhibit mocked Jesus Christ with no violence and no Congressional hearings. No, only the actions of one formerly obscure congregation have brought us to the point of making the United States follow Islamic religious teachings adopting a sharia-compliant blasphemy law -- because rather than insulting the beliefs of loyal Americans, someone trespassed against the religious code of America's enemies and those enemies killed innocents.

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We also don't prosecute those who commit PC permitted crimes of false accusation. (see: Crystal Mangum)

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