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12.07.31 - DOJ Suggests Criticism of Islam Could Be Criminalized
Publish date: Jul 31, 2012
Summary: Department of Justice Assistant Attorney General Tom Perez evades question in committee about considering banning free speech that is critical of religion.
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In refusing to rule out a future law that would criminalize criticism of religion as racist hate speech, the Department of Justice has left the door open to the prospect of Shariah-style law in the United States that would forbid criticism of Islam.
During a House Judiciary Committee Subcommittee on the Constitution, Rep. Trent Franks (R-Ariz) questioned Assistant Attorney General Tom Perez on whether the Justice Department would ever consider banning free speech critical of religion.
“Will you tell us here today simply that this Administration’s Department of Justice will never entertain or advance a proposal that criminalizes speech against any religion?” asked Franks.
Perez replied by asking for context before Franks repeated the question, adding, “That’s not a hard question.”
Perez then tried to add the context of “when you make threats against someone,” but Franks stuck to his original question and repeated it for a third time.
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