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Why We Need the First Amendment, Part II

The Obama administration’s Department of Justice official Thomas Perez, who is the assistant attorney general for the Civil Rights Division, refuses to say that his department won’t attempt to criminalize blasphemy in the future.

I can’t imagine that the Department of Justice would ever actually try such a thing, and the Supreme Court would break it in half if it did, but that doesn’t make the spineless weaseliness from Perez any less appalling.

You can watch the video of the sordid incident here.

UPDATE: Later in the same hearing Perez clarified his position and said his department wouldn't criminalize criticism of any religion or of anything else. He didn't say that in the video, but he did say it later as someone pointed out in the comments section. I wrote a whole new post about the incident which you can find here.

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