Nancy Pelosi Advocates Violating The First Amendment To Support The Ground Zero Mosque

I keep reading how effective Nancy Pelosi is behind the scenes with her caucus.  But the Democrats really need someone else to be the face of their party in Congress.  Pelosi can’t resist saying something really dumb every time she gets in front of a camera.  

Today’s installment comes to us courtesy of Hot Air:

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Tuesday said she supports an investigation of groups opposing the building of a mosque near ground zero in New York.

Pelosi told San Francisco’s KCBS radio that “there is no question there is a concerted effort to make this a political issue by some.”

“I join those who have called for looking into how is this opposition to the mosque being funded,” she said. “How is this being ginned up?”

So Nancy Pelosi supports having the government investigate people who are speaking up about a matter that Obama, the leader of her party, has decided is a freedom of religion issue.  Neither of them has the slightest understanding of the constitutional principles involved here.
As I wrote yesterday, the 1st Amendment bars government intrusion into matters of religion — it does not compel private citizens to do or say, or refrain from doing or saying, anything.  So Obama is lecturing us about a topic he is either ignorant of or cynically misrepresenting for political purposes. 
Meanwhile, Ms. Pelosi is advocating for the government to investigate people whose speech she finds uncomfortable right now.  Unlike the opposition to the Ground Zero Mosque both of them are braying about, getting the government involved in abridging free speech is exactly the kind of conduct that goes against the “writ of our Founders” to steal a phrase from The One. 
Such ignorance on the part of two of the highest office-holders in the country is simply embarrassing.
Published in: on August 18, 2010 at 9:31 am  Leave a Comment  

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