Obama Administration Says Anti-Muslim ‘Hate Speech’ Can be Punished

In May one of Obama’s U.S. attorneys in Tennessee said that Americans who spoke against Islam could be prosecuted.

Bill Killian, U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Tennessee, said that inflammatory material against Islam might be a violation of federal civil rights laws. Such a violation could bring the federal government down on those opposing Islam here in the US.

As reported by The Tullahoma News, Killian and the FBI’s Kenneth Moore hosted a “Public Disclosure in a Diverse Society” to “help” the community learn how anti-Islam speech could land an American before authorities.

“This is an educational effort with civil rights laws as they play into freedom of religion and exercising freedom of religion,” Killian told the paper. “This is also to inform the public what federal laws are in effect and what the consequences are.”

Killian talked of how some Muslims are innocent of terror and that terrorism is committed by only a small number of Muslims. Then he illegitimately invoked the 1995 bombing of the Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City.

To link Muslim-perpetrated terror to the bombing by Timothy McVeigh is simply illegitimate. Killian mentioned the two in the same breath as if they are one and the same but McVeigh did not perpetrate his act of domestic terror in the name of any religion. So, to link McVeigh to Islamonazi terror like Killian did is just not legitimate.

In fact, McVeigh, though raised a Catholic, insisted that he was agnostic. He had no religion at all.

But Killian absurdly made the connection saying, “Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols were both Christians.”

Killian is a lair. Plain and simple.

Regardless, Killian said that things posted in the Internet that denigrated Islam Killian are subject to federal jurisdiction.

So, what do you folks think? Should we be afraid that Obama’s government will come down on us for speaking against Islam?

Have we lost our last shreds of freedom of speech in America?

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  • I don’t think we should be afraid of Obama’s government – I think we should mock it at every opportunity.

    They must be the dumbest bunch of people ever if they think Americans can be cowed into being afraid to speak up against Islam and its precepts.

    • Walter_Cronanty

      I don’t share your optimism. Given the speech codes enacted on college campuses [WTF? – they used to be bastions of free speech – now they some of the most thought/speech free zones in the country], the PC standard of speech everywhere, and the intimidation caused by playing the race card, I see freedom of speech shrinking. This is but one symptom of this country heading in the wrong direction in so many ways.

      • I mock those on college campuses, too. It’s what they are doing to us – mocking us at every opportunity, and too many of us are becoming fearful. Let’s see if they can take as well as they give.

        • Jason

          They can’t, they are thin skinned, hence the attempt to ban speech, but they need to be ruthlessly punished for trying to do so, a message needs to be sent this activity won’t be tolerated. The first order of any new president is to fire every single person in the government hired by Obama

    • quillerm

      Liberals are using Federal Agencies, the media, the military, etc., to force Americans to comply with their Ideology. Liberal elites are like Islamic extremists in the sense those that fail to submit to their ideology, have no rights.

  • Lawrence Westlake

    This news is so old 1/4 of the audience of this blog in the interim went catatonic. That aside, elections have ripple effects. US Attorneys are nominated by the Prez and then confirmed by the Senate. This Killian character is an Obama nominee who was confirmed when Harry Reid had carte blanche over the Upper Chamber. Killian is one of those hacktastic Southern Democrats who crop up in this day and age from time to time. Consumed with white guilt. Loopy. Not exactly a rocket scientist. Read his bio. No offense, but the U of Tenn. College of Law won’t ever be confused with the likes of the U of Tex. Austin or Vanderbilt much less the likes of U VA or Emory. Killian has a very similar background to those of the hacks who run the Southern Poverty Law Center and other race baiting white organizations. If you’re suprised by any of this nonsense then you haven’t been paying attention, for the past 45-odd years.

  • GarandFan

    So what new office is Killian running for? He obviously feels the need to pander.

  • jim_m

    The left has never believed in freedom of expression for anyone but themselves. They believe that if they say something that if anyone criticizes what they said that they are being repressed. They say that other people need to be silenced so they can have their rights.

    I can’t wait until this little fascist files his first federal complaint. I hope he enjoys living off of EBT cards because that will be what he gets after his ass is handed to him in court. I cannot imagine the competition amongst civil rights attorneys wanting to defend the case.

    • Walter_Cronanty

      Sorry, Jim. Two words: Prosecutorial Immunity.

      • jim_m

        Doesn’t mean they cannot fire his ass, which is what I was referring to. Plus not all prosecutorial actions are covered by immunity. Mike Nifong is a great example of what can happen to an overreaching prosecutor.

        • Walter_Cronanty

          First, I would be shocked if a prosecution as implicitly threatened in the article would go forward without the blessings from higher ups in the DOJ – I would be very surprised if the “helpful” discussion/meeting discussed in the article didn’t receive blessings from above. Thus, I doubt that a prosecutor in such a situation would be fired for doing what his superiors desired.

          Second, Nifong went well beyond “overreaching.” He didn’t prosecute the Duke lacrosse players based on a tenuous reading of a federal law. In his disbarrment proceedings he was charged with: “….conduct involving dishonesty, fraud, deceit, or misrepresentation. The seventeen-page document accuses Nifong of violating four rules of professional conduct, listing more than fifty examples of statements he made to the media.]
          The State Bar filed a second round of ethics charges on January 24, 2007. In this document, it accused Nifong of a “systematic abuse of prosecutorial discretion … prejudicial to the administration of justice” when he withheld DNA evidence to mislead the court.[Wiki]
          What’s interesting is that a District Court Judge recently ruled that a civil case against Nifong could go forward. I believe, but do not know, that the claims against him are based on allegations that his actions went beyond the traditional role of a prosecutor in presenting a case.

          As Barry Scheck wrote in an editorial: “When combined with the long-standing rule that individual prosecutors have absolute immunity from civil liability for any actions, even criminal conduct, that takes place during adversarial proceedings, it is clear that civil lawsuits do not provide a serious deterrent against prosecutorial misconduct.”

      • How immune is the prosecutor to tar, feathers, and a rail?

        • Walter_Cronanty

          Uh oh, I think you’ve violated whatever it is that US Attorney Killian says that you’ve violated. Have you gotten your special dispensation as a “journalist” from Congress?

    • LiberalNightmare

      I would love to have 3 or 4 ebt cards. I’d be livin the thug life!

    • Charles Hammond Jr

      The left has never believed in freedom for anyone but themselves… that’s because the left has never believed in freedom.

  • Commander_Chico

    Direct threats of unlawful acts are illegal. Just about everything else you say is legal.

    The article was talking about the Civil Rights laws, which have been around since the 1870s and prohibit unlawful threats based on race, religion, etc. The law is called “The Anti-Klan Act.”

    This is the text, 18 USC 242:

    Whoever, under color of any law, statute, ordinance, regulation, or custom, willfully subjects any person in any State, Territory, Commonwealth, Possession, or District to the deprivation of any rights, privileges, or immunities secured or protected by the Constitution or laws of the United States, or to different punishments, pains, or penalties, on account of such person being an alien, or by reason of his color, or race, than are prescribed for the punishment of citizens, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than one year, or both; and if bodily injury results from the acts committed in violation of this section or if such acts include the use, attempted use, or threatened use of a dangerous weapon, explosives, or fire, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than ten years, or both; and if death results from the acts committed in violation of this section or if such acts include kidnapping or an attempt to kidnap, aggravated sexual abuse, or an attempt to commit aggravated sexual abuse, or an attempt to kill, shall be fined under this title, or imprisoned for any term of years or for life, or both, or may be sentenced to death.

    • jim_m

      This was not about direct threats

      • Commander_Chico

        If you read the story it was about this law.

        • Walter_Cronanty

          No, it was about how the Obama administration interprets that law, which, if the article correctly represents US Attorney Killian’s views, does not require a “direct threat.”

          The meeting was about: “…how civil rights can be violated by those who post inflammatory documents targeted at Muslims on social media.”

          The ONLY quote from a social media post mentioned by US Attorney Killian is certainly was not a “direct threat”: “Killian referred to a Facebook posting made by Coffee County Commissioner Barry West that showed a picture of a man pointing a double-barreled shotgun at a camera lens with the caption saying, ‘How to Wink at a Muslim.’”
          That is not a direct threat – yet it is what US Attorney Killian used as an illustration for his meeting about “…how civil rights can be violated by those who post inflammatory documents targeted at Muslims on social media.”
          The old First Amendment ain’t what it used to be.

    • Mark

      Since Muslim covers religion and law and lifestyle, I feel quite comfortable speaking anti Muslim talk. I’ll degrade its middle age treatment of women, its use of the word and the meaning of the word “infidel”, and complain about my freedoms and rights being impinged on. Sure, give me the death penalty. That’s what all of us are doomed to Muslims take over North America. I dislike and cannot fathom why people that follow such horrible laws, that are in direct contravention of our laws, are allowed to come here, without ditching that mindset. I do not respect any lifestyle that anyone follows that hurts my standard of living, or deems me a lower class citizen. I do not believe any law or lifestyle in North America should be allowed that does not treat both sexes equally, and respect the choice to have faith or not have faith, in whatever I chose. It is not a small percentage of Muslim people that live a violent lifestyle. One look at the middle east, the USS Cole, two attacks on the WTC, the Pentagon, North Africa, and the mall slaughter of all non-Muslims should be a very strong indication that we have let the fox in the hen house.

  • JWH

    This story is five months old.

    • Jwb10001

      And that has what exactly to do with it?

      • jim_m

        One supposes that the point is that the democrats wanting to violate our civil rights is nothing new.

        • Nor even newsworthy, being so common.

          • Charles Hammond Jr

            On that point… I disagree. IT is as common as popcorn but it shouldn’t go without mention–We need to tirelessly point out the crimes of the left from the rooftops if need be.

  • Par4Course

    Almost 1 in 5 Americans (17%) think President Obama is a Muslim. Perhaps Assistant AG Killian also believes that and is just trying to curry favor with his boss. Or perhaps there was an Executive Order repealing or modifying the First Amendment that the MSM forgot to cover.

  • James Hay

    I’ve not seen mention of anyone else talking about this. Before I panic I’ll need more than some phule Dem attorney from eastern Tennessee yanking his jaws. Would like to punch him in one (jaw) though.

  • Constitution First

    We have a mentally disturbed man as commander-in-chief.

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  • mudpuppysc

    Too bad muslims weren’t in the navy when i was. I would have “helped” them overboard at sea. they make great shark bait.