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White House petition demands end to censorship of speech regarding Islam

Hundreds of British Muslims protest outside the Danish embassy in London
Hundreds of British Muslims protest outside the Danish embassy in London
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A petition posted Wednesday to the White House "We the People" site demands the administration take steps to end censorship of speech regarding Islam. The petition also accuses the administration of colluding with radical Islamic groups that seek the end of free speech in America.

"Radical Islamist groups, often masquerading as 'civil rights' groups, effectively suppress free speech by getting American institutions and law enforcement to censor the words 'radical Islam' in referencing Islamic terrorism," the petition begins. "References to radical Islam have been purged from FBI training documents. Hollywood is intimidated into avoiding programs that reveal the totalitarian oppression of women imposed by Islamist laws and regimes."

The petition echoes concerns expressed by Maj. Gen. Paul Vallely, who told Examiner in December the military is purging references to radical Islam from training materials. Moreover, he added, the military is purging Christianity while promoting an understanding of Islam.

"Our fundamental values of free speech are under attack," the petition adds. "Yet, administration policy prohibits discussion of the religious motivation behind Islamic terrorist attacks. How can we win the war against radical Islam if we can’t even name the enemy?"

"We demand you stop colluding with the agenda of radical Islamic groups in this campaign against free speech," the petition says in conclusion.

For some time, Islamic leaders have called for an end to free speech in America, claiming that rights guaranteed under the First Amendment constitutes blasphemy. Some, like Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono and former Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari, have gone so far as to suggest the United Nations implement a global ban on speech critical of Islam.

Islamic clerics in the United States have also jumped on the bandwagon. A few days after the September 11, 2012 terror attack in Benghazi, Mohammad Qatanani, Imam of one of the largest mosques in New Jersey, claimed that speech critical of Islam poses a national security threat and should be investigated by the Department of Homeland Security.

A few days later, Muslims in Dearborn rallied against free speech and demanded laws against anything critical of Islam.

Speech critical of Islam can also get one punished by Facebook. Islamists, however, are apparently free to issue death threats and engage in other behavior the social media site says is prohibited. Recently, the Facebook page, "Islam Exposed," was unpublished after administrators received death threats. Facebook later said the page was pulled by mistake and restored it, but nothing has been done about the threats.

The petition has 63 signatures as of this writing. Over 99,900 more are required before the White House will consider taking action, but there is no guarantee anything will be done. The petition can be seen here.

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