Texas Democrat Representative Sheila Jackson Lee proposed a bill last week that would criminalize any online speech that “vilifies or is otherwise directed against any non-White person or group”.
The legislation, called H.R.61 or the “Leading Against White Supremacy Act of 2023”, was introduced on January 9th, 2023 with the stated agenda…
“To prevent and prosecute white supremacy inspired hate crime and conspiracy to commit white supremacy inspired hate crime and to amend title 18, United States Code, to expand the scope of hate crimes.”https://www.congress.gov/bill/118th-congress/house-bill/61/text/ih?overview=closed&format=xml
Within the bill, it is stated that if a person “published material advancing white supremacy, white supremacist ideology, antagonism based on “replacement theory” they would be eligible for prosecution by the Department of Justice.
That entire clause reads as following…
(b) Conspiracy.—A conspiracy to engage in white supremacy inspired hate crime shall be determined to exist—
(1) between two or more persons engaged in the planning, development, preparation, or perpetration of a white supremacy inspired hate crime; or
(2) between two or more persons—
(A) at least one of whom engaged in the planning, development, preparation, or perpetration of a white supremacy inspired hate crime; and
(B) at least one of whom published material advancing white supremacy, white supremacist ideology, antagonism based on “replacement theory”, or hate speech that vilifies or is otherwise directed against any non-White person or group, and such published material—
(i) was published on a social media platform or by other means of publication with the likelihood that it would be viewed by persons who are predisposed to engaging in any action in furtherance of a white supremacy inspired hate crime, or who are susceptible to being encouraged to engage in actions in furtherance of a white supremacy inspired hate crime;https://www.congress.gov/bill/118th-congress/house-bill/61/text/ih?overview=closed&format=xml
What is the ‘Replacement Theory’ you may ask? The ADL claims that it is a white-supremacist theory that immigrants are being imported to the United States in order to ‘replace’ the native born U.S. population.
In fact, this is the exact same sentiment espoused by Democrat Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer just weeks ago. Schumer openly spoke about failing U.S. birthrates, claiming the only way America ‘could be saved’ is through immigration.
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Chuck Schumer says Democrats want to pass an immigration bill because “we have a population that is not reproducing on its own with the same level that it used to.”— RNC Research (@RNCResearch) November 16, 2022
Schumer then calls for amnesty for “all 11 million or however many” illegal immigrants in the U.S. pic.twitter.com/Ws3thMaEbw
Is Chuck Schumer eligible for prosecution by the Department of Justice for saying these words in a public forum?
Of course, the first amendment protects all speech. There is no legal distinction between free speech and hate speech.
Nobody, because of our U.S. Constitution, can be prosecuted for saying what they believe. Congress is strictly forbidden from passing legislation that restricts free speech.
The First Amendment states very clearly…
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.https://constitution.congress.gov/constitution/amendment-1/
This bill proposed by Democrat Sheila Jackson Lee is undoubtedly unconstitutional. The fact that Congressional Democrats feel they are entitled to violate our Constitutional right to free speech is indicative of their overall feeling towards the American people.