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The Freedom Cliff
by Joseph Klein
With all attention focused on the so-called fiscal cliff, President Obama is moving America ever closer towards tumbling over the freedom cliff. As a writer for Salon Magazine put it, "liberals let Obama get away with unconstitutional actions." Here are just a few examples.
Freedom of Speech – With the producer of the video "Innocence of Muslims" locked away in jail for a year on pretextual charges of probation violations, the Obama administration continues to keep the president's promise to the Muslim world to "fight against negative stereotypes of Islam wherever they appear." The First Amendment be damned.
The Obama administration's trampling of the video producer's First Amendment right of free expression is part of a larger pattern. In 2011, Obama's State Department worked behind the scenes with the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) to pass United Nations Human Rights Council Resolution 16/18, a tweaked version of the anti-blasphemy UN resolutions that the OIC has been pushing for years. Terms like "denigration," "derogatory stereotyping," "advocacy of religious hatred," and "discrimination" replaced "defamation of religions" in the resolution signed off by the U.S, but the end result is the same. It criminalizes speech which incites a violent response from those whose religious beliefs and icons have, in their eyes, been denigrated.
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