Federal Judge Michael A. Shipp signed off on a court order that does not allow New Jersey residents to criticize Islam.
In Bernards Township, New Jersey, residents have been discussing whether or not a mosque should be built in their town. As a public hearing approaches to continue this discussion, the court order says: “No commentary regarding Islam or Muslims will be permitted.”
There is a tendency and a real danger in our country to protect specific groups such as Muslims from criticism while allowing members of these very groups to say whatever they want about others. This is the opposite of what the First Amendment is all about.
While we may disagree with certain speech, and even find it very offensive, unless it strays into some very specific area such as incitement to commit violence, it is protected. The inconvenience and irritation of hearing views that are anathema to one’s own must be subordinated to the freedom of others to make or publish their opinions.
There is no way a free society can exist if the government can circumscribe what the people can say. Hence the First Amendment must stand unmolested.
So, basically, this judge has stripped the residents of Bernards Township of their First Amendment rights to free speech. Aren’t judges supposed to be working for Americans by helping to PRESERVE their constitutional rights?
What do you think? Should this federal judge be removed by Congress?