In his eagerness to please international opinion, President Obama has taken a small but significant step toward censoring free speech.
It was nice to hear Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton say on October 26, "I strongly disagree" with Islamic countries seeking to censor free speech worldwide by making defamation of religion a crime under international law.
But watch what the Obama administration does, not just what it says. I'm not talking about its attacks on Fox News. I'm talking about a little-publicized October 2 resolution in which Clinton's own State Department joined Islamic nations in adopting language all-too-friendly to censoring speech that some religions and races find offensive.
The ambiguously worded United Nations Human Rights Council resolution could plausibly be read as encouraging or even obliging the U.S. to make it a crime to engage in hate speech, or, perhaps, in mere "negative racial and religious stereotyping." This despite decades of First Amendment case law protecting such speech.Click Here to read the whole story.
Friday, October 30, 2009
OBAMA TO SURRENDER FIRST AMENDMENT RIGHTS TO U.N. COMMISSION?
Below, in part, is a well considered piece on the Obama Administration's position regarding curtailing or even reversing decades of 1st Amendment case law through the State Department's participation in the drafting of a U.N. Resolution that could very well open the door to religious defamation suits by faith groups that dislike criticisms of their religions. Read on, THIS IS VERY SERIOUS STUFF!