Arrest of Man behind Mohammed Video Puts Chill On Free-Speech Rights
Posted by FactReal on October 1, 2012
|IS OBAMA SUBMITTING US TO ISLAM?
Is the arrest of the man behind the Mohammed video another effect of Obama’s Blasphemy Law…to Protect Islam?
The arrest of Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, who made the film “Innocence of Muslims,” may be a non-event for most Americans. But anyone who values free speech should care greatly about his fate…[W]ith 4.9 million parolees on U.S. streets, many of them dangerous and also in violation of their paroles, we’re dubious of the firepower and police presence that was suddenly needed to haul in a nonviolent “filmmaker.”
We’re suspicious, since it was Nakoula’s badly made film the Obama administration blamed for the attack on our consulate in Benghazi, Libya, leading to the deaths of four Americans — including Ambassador Chris Stevens. […]
For no matter what kind of scoundrel Nakoula is, his right to make a bad film about Islam’s founder is guaranteed by our Constitution — a guarantee that covers all people, not just those we like or admire.
Nakoula is a precedent. First him, then you.
The filmmaker, instead of enjoying the protection of the Constitution, is now under arrest on the flimsiest of pretexts–a parole violation…
And the Obama administration is inflaming the outrage by proclaiming all over the world that the film is the reason for the violence.
President Obama carried that message to the UN General Assembly this week, adding a few perfunctory words about the Constitution, explaining (almost regretfully) why he could not ban insults to Islam or its prophet. And yet the Obama administration co-sponsored a resolution with Egypt in the Human Rights Council that violates our First Amendment principles by enabling governments to restrict “offensive” religious speech.
This week, anti-Israel activist and sometime MSNBC contributor Mona Eltahawy tried to deface pro-Israel posters on the New York City subway by spray-painting over them.
As the police arrested her, she claimed that her freedom of expression was being denied–that her freedom includes the right to silence others and the right not to be offended.
The worst part? The authorities caved, and prohibited future such ads from the subway.
And who could forget the attacks on the Chick-fil-A restaurants by Obama’s Chicago cronies–including Mayor Rahm Emanuel–for their owners’ belief in traditional marriage, a position held by the president himself until a few months ago?
– Iran Threatens to Sue Obama Using New UN Blasphemy Law He Signed
– Muslim Leaders Make Case for Global Blasphemy Ban at U.N.