Join the Meeting Place for Moms!
Talk to other moms, share advice, and have fun!

(minimum 6 characters)

Free speech vs. Islamic law? House Resolution 569

Posted by on Mar. 11, 2016 at 9:35 AM
  • 11 Replies

I can only post the link here because the article is too long, but it is very much worth the read in my opinion. If you'd rather skip it, I've provided the text and link to the congress.gov page that details House Resolution 569.

The article takes a closer look and critiques the proposed bill, centering around the fact that Muslim Americans are already protected by the religious freedoms that all religions are protected under in the United States.

http://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/7379/free-speech-islamic-law

114TH CONGRESS 1ST SESSION

H. RES. 569

Condemning violence, bigotry, and hateful rhetoric towards Muslims in the United States.

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

DECEMBER 17, 2015

RESOLUTION

Condemning violence, bigotry, and hateful rhetoric towards Muslims in the United States.

Whereas the victims of anti-Muslim hate crimes and rhetoric have faced physical, verbal, and emotional abuse because they were Muslim or believed to be Muslim;

Whereas the constitutional right to freedom of religious prac- tice is a cherished United States value and violence or hate speech towards any United States community based on faith is in contravention of the Nation’s founding principles;

Whereas there are millions of Muslims in the United States, a community made up of many diverse beliefs and cul- tures, and both immigrants and native-born citizens;

Whereas this Muslim community is recognized as having made innumerable contributions to the cultural and eco- nomic fabric and well-being of United States society;

Whereas hateful and intolerant acts against Muslims are con- trary to the United States values of acceptance, wel- coming, and fellowship with those of all faiths, beliefs, and cultures;

Whereas these acts affect not only the individual victims but also their families, communities, and the entire group whose faith or beliefs were the motivation for the act;

Whereas Muslim women who wear hijabs, headscarves, or other religious articles of clothing have been dispropor- tionately targeted because of their religious clothing, arti- cles, or observances; and

Whereas the rise of hateful and anti-Muslim speech, violence, and cultural ignorance plays into the false narrative spread by terrorist groups of Western hatred of Islam, and can encourage certain individuals to react in extreme and violent ways: Now, therefore, be it

(1) expresses its condolences for the victims of

anti-Muslim hate crimes;
(2) steadfastly confirms its dedication to the

rights and dignity of all its citizens of all faiths, be- liefs, and cultures;

(3) denounces in the strongest terms the in- crease of hate speech, intimidation, violence, van- dalism, arson, and other hate crimes targeted against mosques, Muslims, or those perceived to be Muslim;

(4) recognizes that the United States Muslim community has made countless positive contributions to United States society;

(5) declares that the civil rights and civil lib- erties of all United States citizens, including Mus- lims in the United States, should be protected and preserved;

(6) urges local and Federal law enforcement au- thorities to work to prevent hate crimes; and to prosecute to the fullest extent of the law those per- petrators of hate crimes; and

(7) reaffirms the inalienable right of every cit- izen to live without fear and intimidation, and to practice their freedom of faith. 

https://www.congress.gov/bill/114th-congress/house-resolution/569/text

page1image15464 page1image15624



by on Mar. 11, 2016 at 9:35 AM
Add your quick reply below:
You must be a member to reply to this post.
Replies (1-10):
Dzyre1115
by Gold Member on Mar. 11, 2016 at 9:38 AM
Completely unnecessary...
Posted on CafeMom Mobile
4evrinbluejeans
by KK on Mar. 11, 2016 at 9:40 AM

How does condemning hate infringe on your free speech?  Are attempting to pass a law that would prosecute you for your hate?  Your free speech rights doesn't promise that your hate will stand without critism.  

PinkButterfly66
by Platinum Member on Mar. 11, 2016 at 5:07 PM

Waste of time and taxpayer money.  Already protected under religious freedoms and antidiscrimination laws.  If they're going to make a law protecting muslim rights, then they need to do so for the other religions practiced here in the US individually.  

shiasmama
by Bronze Member on Mar. 11, 2016 at 5:53 PM

If you read the article, did you get the impression that the author was making a connection between Resolution 569 and Sharia law? Kind of like they were saying "if this law gets passed, what's next?"

stacymomof2
by Ruby Member on Mar. 11, 2016 at 5:57 PM
how is this "vs Islamic Law?" it's an anti hate speech law. you can argue for or against but it has nothing to do with Islamic Law.
shiasmama
by Bronze Member on Mar. 11, 2016 at 6:04 PM

Did you read the full article?

Quoting stacymomof2: how is this "vs Islamic Law?" it's an anti hate speech law. you can argue for or against but it has nothing to do with Islamic Law.


stacymomof2
by Ruby Member on Mar. 11, 2016 at 6:23 PM
I did not go to the link to gatestone institute as that organization is well known for anti Muslim hate speech. however I did read the proposed bill in the context of the US and the Constitution.
what's your point? that a bigoted website will give me some insight into a proposed bill that I can clearly read in the op?


Quoting shiasmama:

Did you read the full article?

Quoting stacymomof2: how is this "vs Islamic Law?" it's an anti hate speech law. you can argue for or against but it has nothing to do with Islamic Law.

nb34
by Platinum Member on Mar. 11, 2016 at 6:29 PM

I fail to see how this is related to Islamic law? Hate speech should be condemned, no matter who it is directed to.

jessilin0113
by Ruby Member on Mar. 11, 2016 at 6:42 PM
Condemning hate speech isn't the same as prosecuting it. Free speech still lives, they are just officially frowning at it. Big whoop.
cookiemonster77
by Member on Mar. 11, 2016 at 6:50 PM

Just throwing this out there, but if you denounce all that is comprised of what we believe an American to be, how do you also get to be protected by free speech?

Add your quick reply below:
You must be a member to reply to this post.
Join the Meeting Place for Moms!
Talk to other moms, share advice, and have fun!

(minimum 6 characters)