Human Events recently editorialized that Eric Holder should have never been confirmed as attorney general and that his priorities are dangerous. Here are the Top 10 Reasons Eric Holder Should Not Be Attorney General:
1. Wants special rights for Muslims: Holder’s Justice Department filed suit against the Berkeley School District in Illinois for denying a request for a 19-day leave of absence in the middle of the semester by a Muslim computer lab teacher who wanted to make a pilgrimage to Mecca. The Justice Department wants a federal court to grant Safoorah Khan back pay with interest, reinstatement, and award damages “to fully compensate her for pain and suffering” caused by the resignation because the school district forced her “to choose between her job and her faith.”
2. Hostile to Second Amendment: Holder has always been hostile to the Second Amendment, calling for the reinstatement of a ban on assault weapons and joining an amicus brief in D.C. v. Heller urging the Supreme Court to uphold the ban on handguns in Washington, D.C. The National Rifle Association (NRA) said if Heller was upheld, the individual right to keep and bear arms “will not only be infringed, but effectively abolished.”
3. Weak on terror: From his ill-advised attempt to hold September 11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed’s trial in Manhattan to his desire to close the facility at Guantanamo Bay housing some of America’s worst enemies, Holder doesn’t have a clue that jihadist terrorists want to destroy this country. At a congressional hearing, he even declined to state that there are radical elements within Islam which contribute to terrorist activity around the world.
4. Arizona immigration suit: Holder’s Justice Department filed suit last summer against Arizona’s tough new immigration law, SB 1070, despite the fact that a huge majority of the state’s residents favor the measure. Holder expressed concerns that the law might lead to racial profiling but admitted in testimony during a House Judiciary Committee hearing that he had not read the law.
5. Refusal to enforce the Defense of Marriage Act: Even though the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is the law of the land, the Holder Justice Department is refusing to enforce its provisions. The federal law, which defines marriage as a legal union between one man and one woman, passed with overwhelming majorities in Congress, was signed by President Clinton, and is similar to referendum or constitutional amendments passed in 28 states.
6. Opposition to the death penalty: During his 2008 confirmation hearing, Holder told the Senate Judiciary Committee that “I am not a proponent of the death penalty, but I will enforce the law as this Congress gives it to us.” Yet on April 5, Federal Judge Nicholas Gagufis ordered prosecutors to obtain a letter from Holder confirming he would seek the death penalty for a cop killer whose fatal sentence was overturned on a technicality. The Brooklyn judge said he needed the letter “in view of the fact that the attorney general failed to exhaust all appeals and abandoned the appeal of the case.”
7. Voter intimidation case dropped: The best example of Holder’s double standard on racial issues is the Justice Department’s handling of the New Black Panthers Party voter intimidation case, where two members of the group stood outside a Philadelphia polling area in paramilitary uniforms, shouting racial insults at whites. When asked why Justice dropped the case, Holder told a congressional panel, “When you compare what people endured in the South in the ’60s to try to get the right to vote for African-Americans, to compare what people subjected to that with what happened in Philadelphia … I think does a great disservice to people who put their lives on the line for my people.”
8. Civil rights division disarray: Justice Department official J. Christian Adams, who resigned in protest last year, told Congress that the civil rights division is unwilling to prosecute minorities for civil rights violations (see No. 7). Adams also testified that although the division hired dozens of new attorneys, the number of cases has declined, and many of its employees spend their time “playing computer Solitaire, watching videos, and venting at the lack of activity.”
9. Clemency for terrorists, pardon for fugitive: When Holder served as deputy attorney general in the Clinton administration, he backed the President’s pardoning of fugitive financier Marc Rich, a major Democratic campaign donor. He also advised that Clinton offer clemency to 16 members of the Boricua Popular Army, a Puerto Rican terror group, despite opposition from the FBI, the federal prosecutor, and victims of their violence.
10. “Nation of cowards”: During a February 2009 Black History Month speech, Holder called America a “nation of cowards” on race issues. As conservative commentator Michelle Malkin said at the time: “Holder doesn’t want an honest dialogue about race. In the Age of Obama, ‘talking enough with each other about race’ means the rest of us shutting up while being subjected to lectures about our insensitivity.”