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Thursday, September 16, 2010

Christie's First Amendment

Should Chris Christie be our next President, this story is cause for concern about basic constitutional rights and civil liberties.


A New Jersey assistant train coordinator named Derek Fenton who, on his own time and acting as a private citizen, decided to burn a few pages of the Koran (Qu'ran) near the site of the planned Ground Zero mosque (Park51/Cordoba House), was fired Monday, reports the Daily News today.


This Daily News report quotes Christie's longtime spokesman Michael Drewniak as saying, "We're supportive of the action taken by NJTransit."


Note that the defense of civil liberties is coming from the Democratic Party. Prominent Democratic State Senator Ray Lesniak issued a statement that if Fenton was doing this "on his own time" and "as an American exercising his constitutional rights, then the agency is clearly in the wrong (to fire him)." 

Certainly Fenton's firing seems like a very wrongful termination.  Expect his union to be speaking up. 


The burning of any religious work is highly offensive, provocative and can be considered immoral. 

However offensive, this is core constitutional free speech.


The fact that a former federal prosecutor, state Governor and prospective Presidential candidate has such little regard for core constitutional rights should alarm anyone concerned about civil liberties, regardless of political ideology.


Eric Dixon is a New York lawyer who investigates and analyzes constitutional issues and civil rights issues. He is available for comment at 917-696-2442 and by e-mail at edixon@NYBusinessCounsel.com.

1 comment:

  1. I have no idea what you are talking about, but I do know this: I wouldn't want to use the bathroom right after Christie got done with it. It would like putting your head inside an elephant's asshole.

    Anyway, food for thought...

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