Saturday, September 15, 2012

No apology for freedom

The latest wave of hysteria by fanatical Muslims, like the Danish cartoon riots, isn't spontaneous; the attacks on US embassies were planned by Islamists.

The claim by Romney that the Obama administration is "apologizing" for the US is unfair, but Michael Totten makes a good point about defending our free culture. Sympathizing with Muslims' hurt feelings when their religion is mocked isn't really to the point. Tough shit if they don't like it:

[Secretary of State]Clinton also should have explained the First Amendment. We don’t punish blasphemy in the United States. Our government isn’t allowed to punish citizens for disrespecting a religion, a political party, the president, or anything or anyone else. This is not going to change. It’s certainly not going to change because violent reactionaries on the other side of the planet don’t like it. And I have to say it’s a little unseemly for our government to officially take a position on a YouTube video, even one that sparked an international crisis. It’s even more unseemly that our government is taking the same position on that film as the people who just killed our ambassador in Benghazi.



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