It’s a federal offense to threaten or incite violence against the President of the United States. I would never do such a thing. Nor am I doing it now.
But one has a First Amendment right to pray to the deity of one’s choosing.
As it happens, there is a form of prayer in the Qur’an, used in daily (often public) prayer, which might be called the prayer of execration. In prayers of execration, one petitions God to smite or damn one’s own enemies, and/or His (it helps if they coincide). A famous example is Surah Lahab, aimed at one Abu Lahab, an enemy of the Prophet Muhammad.
Would it, then, be a federal offense to make a prayer of execration against the President of the United States? Or would it be constitutionally protected speech? It has to be one or the other, I reckon. I’m open to suggestions.
Would any offense involved be mitigated by the suggestion that the petitioner was a fictionalist about religious utterances?
I merely raise these issues in a spirit of philosophical inquiry. I swear to God.