Skip to comments.U.S. embassy in Cairo apologizes for “abuse of free speech” after protesters tear down American flag
Posted on 09/11/2012 5:00:46 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
A show of strength from Salafists on 9/11 to remind Americans who's winning these days in the Middle East. The newsworthy part isn't the protest --- we already know what a mob can do to an embassy in Cairo --- but the reaction from the embassy. When this tweet started circulating a few hours ago, I thought it might be a parody account. Afraid not. The official statement from the embassy website:
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. Today, the 11th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States, Americans are honoring our patriots and those who serve our nation as the fitting response to the enemies of democracy. 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
The money word there, of course, is “abuse.” If speech is illegitimate because it offends religious sensibilities, then we’re on the doorstep of yelling “blasphemy.” In practical effect, that’s what the embassy is pushing: There’s not a syllable wasted here on condemning the cretins who climbed the embassy walls and tore down the flag — on 9/11. The denunciation is reserved for the blasphemers, who in this case turn out to be Egyptian expats who made an amateur film about Mohammed that’s presumably being used by Islamist demagogues over there to whip up the crowd. Every now and then, the Organization of the Islamic Conference pushes a blasphemy resolution at the UN designed to carve out international exceptions to free speech laws for insults to religion, i.e. Islam. The statement from the embassy is precisely the mentality they’re trying to cultivate. All that’s missing is a call for criminal penalties, but that’s less important to the anti-blasphemy bloc than western officials groveling to their sensibilities. Mission accomplished.
Do note, this isn’t the only criticism of Islam that’s been suppressed today due to fears of violence. In the UK, a private screening of a new documentary on the subject was canceled due to threats. I wonder if The One will get so much as a single question about this, and what he’ll say in defense of the embassy’s reaction. The last time we went through the now familiar “insult to Islam inspires international incident” cycle, he begged Terry Jones publicly not to burn the Koran because doing so would endanger U.S. troops. That was clever insofar as it’s hard to resist an appeal to patriotism from the C-in-C but it has the same problem as the embassy statement — namely, placing the moral onus on the speaker not to speak rather than on the violent nut not to be nutty and violent. Is O going to phone the Egyptian expats and ask them to take up another hobby besides filmmaking? Curious to see how far this logic extends.
I have the feeling that “abuse of free speech” is a charge the Feds will be bringing against quite a few people if Ubama gets a second term.
So the WH says it’s our fault because we made them feel bad.
Thomas Jefferson was right, the only way to deal with islam is kill them.
Let's get rid of that SOB in November!
Islam is ~NOT~ a religion.
Never has been, never will be.
It is a sociopathic anti cultural anti political anti religious cult.
It is impossible to negotiate with, compromise with or reason with.
Islam Delenda Est.
When is the GOP going to go to war with the communist Muslim regime?
By whos orders did they do this?
I am overcome. We have jettisoned our Constitution. If this is not corrected, we sink swiftly into the darkness. And it will be a darkness deeper than that of the so-called "Dark Ages," for then there was a vibrant, energetic Church to lead the fight against Islam, there were no traitors working as a fifth column, and Western rulers had no wish to capitulate. Here, our leader gleefully leads us to slavery.
What monstrous evil this is! Come quickly, Lord Jesus.
How utterly degrading that the U.S. continues to apologize to the Islamist terrorists who killed over 2,000 Americans on this date eleven years ago. That is simply unforgivable and should be reason enough to kick Obama’s rotten crew out of D.C.
I’d like to see an Obama bounce. I better not explain that any further.
Carter only gave us one Islamic Republic
Romney had better come out and pound on this.
If it were anyone but Obama and Hillary running State I would say this was unbelieveable.
But unfortunately it is Obama and Hillary and I am really not surprised.
Do you realize you are threatening the life of the President of the United States? As our first Muslim President, he did everything he could to help the terrorist Muslim Brotherhood get power in Egypt.
Obama, as a Muslim supporter, illegally attacked Libya and is working to get radical Islam in power.
Iraq: Removed US troops to allow that government to be overthrown. The press no longer reports on terrorist attacks there.
Syria: Ditto, overthrow the government and then help put terrorist in charge.
Obama has been a wild success as the first Muslim US President. America still wonders how he could do everything wrong but if you're a Muslim, Obama is doing everything right!
Someone needs to be fired over this. If there’s a better way to encourage our deadly enemies I can’t think of one.
It just gets worse. We have to have a serious White House cleaning this November.