-By Warner Todd Huston
This video is a perfect example of the essential lawlessness of the Obama administration.
There are some things that are essentially a basic truth. Murder is always wrong. Rights must be safeguarded. And violations of rights must be prosecuted. Also, the U.S. Department of Justice should always, always be zealous in the scheme of protecting those rights.
But not to Obama. No, to Obama the DOJ is only a political office, one that operates on no essential truths.
In this case, Congressman Trent Franks (R, Ariz.) asked an official of Obama's DOJ if his office would vow to protect our Constitutionally guaranteed religious freedom.
This DOJ stooge refused to do so.
In a Constitution Subcommittee hearing yesterday (July 26), 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.
The fact that the Obama administration won't pledge to safeguard our right to religion is telling, indeed.