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Jihad Watch: White House Throwing Free Speech Out the Window

Wednesday, 14 Jan 2015 06:13 PM

The White House's suggestion that there are limits to anti-Islamic speech in the wake of last week's Paris terror attack is a slap at free speech, says Robert Spencer, director of Jihad Watch.

"Once you say the 'but,' then the free speech goes," Spencer said Wednesday on "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV.

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"The First Amendment was designed not to protect popular speech or accepted speech within the bounds of what was considered to be acceptable discourse by the powerful.

"The First Amendment was put into the Constitution, into the Bill of Rights, in order to protect unpopular speech unacceptable to the elites. If there is no free speech, the tyrant can work his will unimpeded and unopposed, because nobody can speak out against him."

He said by White House spokesman Josh Earnest's implication that some anti-Muslim speech should be off-limits, he is "throwing free speech out the window and establishing Muslims as a protected class beyond criticism.

"[That] is just the worst thing that we can do now in this time of escalating jihad terror in the United States and around the world," Spencer said.

The mission of Spencer's group is to bring "public attention to the role that jihad theology and ideology plays in the modern world."


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The White House's suggestion that there are limits to anti-Islamic speech in the wake of last week's Paris terror attack is a slap at free speech, says Robert Spencer, director of Jihad Watch. Once you say the 'but,' then the free speech goes, Spencer said Wednesday on ...
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