In addition to putting gun-owning Americans directly in their crosshairs, leftist pundits reacted to last week’s attack on an office holiday party by scolding the ostensibly large swath of Islamophobic citizens. The Obama administration has also repeatedly promulgated this narrative, most recently during the president’s Oval Office address Sunday evening.
While the short speech represented Obama’s clearest assertion to date that Wednesday’s attack was terrorism, he spent much of his anticipated monologue lambasting those who speak ill of Islam.
— The New York Times (@nytimes) December 7, 2015
U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch also made it clear that she believes “anti-Muslim rhetoric” should be a crime, suggesting that her “greatest fear” involves Americans saying mean things about the faith.
Hey Obama, Loretta Lynch, liberals, stupid millennials, & Muslims: “Congress shall make no law abridging the freedom of speech.” Memorize.
— Joe Walsh (@WalshFreedom) December 7, 2015
First Amendment aside, the Federal Bureau of Investigation recently released a report showing that, if the administration is actually worried about protecting religious Americans from violent outbursts, it is focusing on the wrong faith. The agency studied all hate crimes reported during the year 2014, finding that just over 17 percent were based on the victim’s faith. Of that number, a disproportionate percentage – more than half – of the victims belonged to one religion. Despite making up just over two percent of the nation’s population, Jews represented 56.8 percent of hate crimes committed against a religion. Muslim bias was a far less common problem, the FBI found, with roughly 16 percent of all anti-religious hate crime victims belonging to the faith. As Breitbart’s John Nolte opined in the aftermath of Obama’s speech, there “is simply no Muslim backlash” evident in the U.S., aside from “Obama’s push to create Second Amendment internment camps for the gun rights of American Muslims.”
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