Labor Nominee Stubbornly Refused To Say DOJ Won't Try To Limit 1st Amendment Rights
Pres. Obama's nominee to head the Labor Dept. refused to affirm the security of First Amendment rights when he testified in a 2012 House hearing as an assistant attorney general for the Justice Dept.
Rep. Trent Franks (R-Ariz.) questioned Thomas Perez, who is the Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice - and now President Obama's nominee for Labor secretary - at a July 25, 2012 Constitution Subcommittee hearing
Perez would not answer Rep. Franks, who repeatedly asked Perez if the administration would "never entertain or advance a proposal that criminalizes speech against any religion." Perez steadfastly dodged the question.
Franks was referring to an article published stating Perez embraced the proposals of Islamist advocates at a 2011 meeting at George Washington University including a proposal for "a legal declaration that U.S. citizens' criticism of Islam constitutes racial discrimination."