Attorney General Loretta Lynch said Thursday at the Muslim Advocate’s 10th anniversary dinner she will take aggressive action against the “incredibly disturbing rise of anti-Muslim rhetoric.”
She told the group “we stand with you” and promised the Justice Department will protect Muslims from “violence” and discrimination.
“When we talk about the First Amendment we [must] make it clear that actions predicated on violent talk are not American,” said Lynch. “They are not who we are, they are not what we do, and they will be prosecuted.”
Lynch did not clarify what “actions predicated on violent talk” means and did not draw a line between constitutionally protected free speech and violence. She also did not pinpoint individuals or groups she believes participate in “violent talk.”
Judge Andrew P. Napolitano notes “the willingness alone to use violence is not criminal; it is only the actual use of violence that is. Thus, it is the manifestation of hatred as lawless violence that may be prosecuted, but the manifestation of hatred as a unifying idea is protected and may not be prosecuted.”
The First Amendment “absolutely bars the government from interference with a person’s thoughts or associations” prior to any violent activity.
Lynch’s grandstanding before a Muslim group reveals the Justice Department and the Obama administration are promoting the so-called social justice agenda at the expense of the Constitution and the First Amendment.
It also underscores the collectivist idea that government has the authority—enforced by its monopoly of coercion and violence—to protect the rights of preferred groups at the expense of the rights of the individual.