There are signs that some in the Obama administration may be sympathetic to the infiltration of Sharia-law style blasphemy laws into U.S. jurisprudence.
In a Constitution Subcommittee hearing on Capitol Hill Sept. 17, Congressman Trent
Franks (AZ-02) questioned Assistant Attorney General, Thomas Perez, over
the Administration's commitment to 1st Amendment rights. Franks'
questions were prompted by a Daily Caller article from late last year in
which Perez was quoted as warmly embracing the proposals of Islamist
advocates in a meeting at George Washington University, among them a
request for "a legal declaration that U.S. citizens' criticism of Islam
constitutes racial discrimination."
Perez reportedly ended the
meeting with an enthusiastic closing speech and was quoted as saying, "I
sat here the entire time, taking notes...I have some very concrete
thoughts ... in the aftermath of this."
In yesterday's hearing,
Chairman Franks asked Perez to affirm that the Administration would
"never entertain or advance a proposal that criminalizes speech against
any religion?" Perez refused.