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Un-mourned casualty of Obama’s bus: The First Amendment

By Michelle Malkin  •  September 13, 2012 11:30 AM

I told you the gobsmackingly obvious at the very outset of these latest pretextual jihadi outbreaks across the Middle East: It’s not about the dumb Internet movie or the marginal Pastor Terry Jones. They hated us before these excuses. They hated us before George W. Bush took office. They hated us before Israel came into existence. They hate us not because of what we might draw, broadcast, burn, wear, or say. They hate us because our very existence as infidels insults Allah. And you know what must happen to those who insult Allah. OFF WITH THEIR HEADS.

But the tools in the media and the dhimmis in our government have swallowed the blame-the-manufactured-insult-of-the-day narrative whole. And like the U.S. Embassy in Cairo that sacrificed basic American values in a futile attempt to mollify the gathering mob, panicked journalists, foolish academics, and government officials are throwing the First Amendment under the bus.

FNC’s Todd Starnes reported yesterday:

Some First Amendment experts believe the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff crossed a line by asking a Florida pastor to withdraw his support for an anti-Islam film that may have played a role in inciting protesters who attacked U.S. diplomatic posts in Libya and Egypt.

Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs, spoke with Pastor Terry Jones by telephone Wednesday morning to voice his concerns.

“Gen. Dempsey expressed his concern over the nature of the film and the tensions it would enflame and the violence it would case,” Pentagon spokesman Col. Dave Lapan told Fox News. “He asked Pastor Jones to withdraw his support for the film.” Lapan said the phone call was cordial but said Jones would not commit to pulling his support.

Clay Calvert, director of the Marion B. Brechner First Amendment Project at the University of Florida, told Fox News the chairman’s behavior was heavy-handed.
“The fact that a very, very powerful government official is reaching down to a pastor in Florida asking him to censor his own speech – in the greater good – supposedly preventing further violence upon American officials abroad” is an issue, he said.

“Any time the government is involved we have a First Amendment question, especially when the government is asking an individual to stifle or to stop his speech,” Calvert said.

…Hiram Sasser, with Liberty Institute, also had concerns with how the chairman of the Joint Chiefs conducted himself. “Here we have the third most powerful person in the Armed Forces calling a citizen and asking them to take an action in regards to squelching their free speech,” he told Fox News. “That’s pretty drastic and extreme. I would interpret that as something more than a ‘polite ask from my neighbor.’”

…“No government official should be using their official position with the government to try to influence a citizen’s right to be able to have free speech – especially religious speech which is fully protected by the Constitution,” Sasser said.

This morning, AP reported that “law enforcement” helped track down one Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, a businessman tied to the film who has an admittedly shady past — but who is being treated like a criminal for making a crummy movie and faces a flood of death threats.

And now this: Egypt to take legal action in US against Prophet film makers.

O-ppeasement now and appeasement throughout history have never, never, never mollified bloodthirsty mobs masquerading as aggrieved peaceful protesters seeking “sensitivity.”

The silence of so-called progressives and American free speech advocates as this administration steamrolls over free speech to save its own hide is deafening.


If you’re blood isn’t boiling, you’re not paying attention!


Related must-read: Ace of Spades spanks Slate’s Will Saletan for claiming that criticism of Islam is “abuse” of free speech.

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