“For the first time, America has taken a leading role in promoting an international threat to its citizens’ constitutional right to freedom of speech.”
Frank Gaffney, Center for Security Policy
Obama Doctrine: undermine allies, embolden enemies, diminish our country
Last week, the United States joined Egypt in sponsoring a resolution in the UN Human Rights Council – the odious anti-Western, -U.S. and -Israel organization which the Obama administration recently had this country rejoin. For the first time, America has taken a leading role in promoting an international threat to its citizens’ constitutional right to freedom of speech.
As the incalculably important JihadWatch.org‘s Robert Spencer reported over the weekend: “[The resolution] calls on states to condemn and criminalize ‘any advocacy of national, racial or religious hatred that constitutes incitement to discrimination, hostility or violence.'” [Emphasis added.]
Spencer adds: “It also condemns ‘negative stereotyping of religions and racial groups,’ which is of course an oblique reference to accurate reporting about the jihad doctrine and Islamic supremacism – which is always the focus of whining by the Organization of the Islamic Conference and other groups about negative ‘stereotyping’ of Islam.”
Writing on the left-wing HuffingtonPost.com, blogger Eugene Volokh expresses deep concern about the extent to which such a resolution could translate into a mortal threat to the U.S. Constitution’s foundational guarantee of freedom of expression:
I’m worried that the Executive Branch’s endorsement of speech-restrictive ‘international human rights’ norms will affect how the courts interpret the First Amendment, so that over time, ‘an international norm against hate speech … [would] supply a basis for prohibiting [hate speech], the First Amendment notwithstanding.’ And that worry stems not just from my fevered imagination, but from the views of Prof. Peter Spiro, a noted legal academic who is a supporter of this tendency. That’s not fear-mongering on his part, but hope (hope-mongering?) and prediction. So anything that an Administration does to endorse international speech-restrictive norms might well have an effect on our own constitutional rights as well.
Again, the question occurs: “What is Obama thinking?” The fact that his policies are tracking with those of the Muslim Brotherhood and others seeking to promote the supremacist and seditious program authoritative Islam calls Shariah is not news (at least to readers of this column).