A year and a half after the Obama administration spent two weeks blaming the Benghazi attacks on a video, U.S. Senator Ed Markey (D-MA) has introduced The Hate Crime Reporting Act of 2014. This is nothing more than an effort to do what those who attempted to blame a video for the Benghazi attacks, attempted to do. That is, to criminalize speech critical of Islam.
Currently, the GovTrack website is estimating that Markey’s bill has only a 3% chance of being enacted. That, however, is not the point. The intent of the legislation is to regulate speech. As Shoebat.com reported soon after the Benghazi attacks in 2012, the video was used as a vehicle by Middle Eastern Muslims – and the Obama administration – to carry out an agenda. The agenda for the Egyptian fundamentalists was to exploit the attacks in order to put pressure on non-Muslim lands to enact laws similar to that proposed by Markey in the U.S.
In much the same way that Muslim fundamentalists and the Obama administration attempted to exploit the Bengazi attack, Markey appears to be doing the same with the recent anti-Semitic attack in Kansas, reported on by Shoebat.com. Here is an excerpt taken from Markey’s website about why he introduced the bill:
We have recently seen in Kansas the deadly destruction and loss of life that hate speech can fuel in the United States, which is why it is critical to ensure the Internet, television and radio are not encouraging hate crimes or hate speech that is not outside the protection of the First Amendment.
As for re-packaging his reasons for introducing the bill so it would be more appealing for public consumption, Markey’s website explains that the intent of the legislation is to:
…examine the prevalence of hate crime and hate speech on the Internet, television, and radio to better address such crimes. The Hate Crime Reporting Act of 2014 (S.2219) would create an updated comprehensive report examining the role of the Internet and other telecommunications in encouraging hate crimes based on gender, race, religion, ethnicity, or sexual orientation and create recommendations to address such crimes.
If there is one thing the left and Islamic fundamentalists have in common – and they have several things in common – it’s to criminalize speech. Generally, the left does it because they can’t argue their ideas; they lose every time. The Muslims do it for similar reasons; they don’t like criticism of their religion. It is in these cases that the left and Islam find common cause.