Federal Statutes: Riots

US Code 18, Part I, Chapter 102, section 2101

a) Whoever travels in interstate or foreign commerce or uses any facility of interstate or foreign commerce, including, but not limited to, the mail, telegraph, telephone, radio, or television, with intent –

(1) to incite a riot; or

(2) to organize, promote, encourage, participate in, or carry on a riot; or

(3) to commit any act of violence in furtherance of a riot; or

(4) to aid or abet any person in inciting or participating in or carrying on a riot or committing any act of violence in furtherance of a riot;

Shall be fined under this title, or imprisoned not more than five years, or both

Courtesy of FindLaw

Does anyone this ring a bell for Bill Maher?

“You can’t claim you’re for peace unless you’re willing to disturb it.

…You know who has peaceful, planned demonstrations? Totalitarian states with no civil liberties, like North Korea…. Therefore, tonight, I am urging all the protestors in New York next week to riot. …Look, protestor: You spent 2 weeks making that paper mache Dick Cheney mask? Now, light it on fire, and torch the nearest Gap store. …Pick up a garbage can and throw it through a Starbucks window.”

I would hazard to guess that Maher hasn’t read, or at least understood, the 1st Amendment: 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.

Now, I am a strict Constitutionalist. As long as Congress passes no law resticting peaceable assembly, everything is fine. They haven’t. But they have restricted non peaceable assembly, and Maher has violated this. I hope someone from the FBI or DOJ pays him a visit.

Now, there are certainly times where revolution is required. We became a country by doing just that. The South ceceded peaceably from the Union over what was perceived as their rights. But the law is the law. Maher has broken it.

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