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Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Obama Apologizes for Free Speech

An anti-Islamic filmmaker must go into hiding and four American diplomats get brutally murdered by Islamic mobs. What is the American government's response? Why an apology, of course:
The Embassy of the United States in Cairo condemns the continuing efforts by misguided individuals to hurt the religious feelings of Muslims—as we condemn efforts to offend believers of all religions. . . . Respect for religious beliefs is a cornerstone of American democracy. We firmly reject the actions by those who abuse the universal right of free speech to hurt the religious beliefs of others.
In other words, Obama's conception of free spech is that it is fine, as long as you don't hurt anyone's feelings.  Of course, free speech is important precisely to protect unpopular or controversial opinions.  The Objective Standard blog gets it right:
A cornerstone of the American republic is the right to peaceably practice religion and to freely express one’s views. For U.S. officials to call for respect for an ideology of violence, and to ignore the rights of Americans, is reprehensible.
(Interestingly, while the Drudge Report headlines gruesome photos of the murders with various links relating to the story, what does the mainstream media consider important about this event?  On the New York Times front page is this headline: "Quick Criticism by Romney Is Itself Criticized" in which Romney is accused of "politicizing an international crisis."  Uh, this is a political crisis and Romney is a politician who is running a political campaign for a political office.  CBS News went with: "Amid criticism, Romney doubles down on criticism of White House's response to Egypt, Libya attacks" In other words, the substance of his criticism is not important, only that he dared to criticize.)


Richard said...

I'm glad you're blogging again.

garret seinen said...

Thanks for again poking that sharp stick in the hypocrisy. Hope you find the time to hang around.-) gs