Congressman Trent Franks questions Assistant Attorney General, Thomas Perez, over the Administration's commitment to 1st Amendment rights
Published on Jul 26, 2012 by RepTrentFranks
In a Constitution Subcommittee hearing
yesterday, 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
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.