No, No, No, No, No!
There’s been chatter from the usual quarters about “the movie” that roused the ire from the Islamic jihadists. Their ire is rather easily roused, and frankly, I don’t think our country should be about the business of trying not to rouse ire in the hopes that jihadists won’t kill Americans.
NRO has weighed in on this, and I’m posting an excerpt:
Nobody in the U.S. government, least of all the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff acting in his official capacity, should be calling Terry Jones or any other American citizen about the Mohammed spoof. Not only does that elevate Jones to some sort of semi-official status, but spoofs of deities are entirely within our rights and absolutely no business of the government’s. The U.S. government should not be taking an official position on the Mohammed spoof. It is entirely outside the official competence of United States military to be calling private citizens asking them be quiet, especially when they are exercising a constitutional right. Offending people is not an incitement to violence. Otherwise I could get everyone who wears a Che Guevara t-shirt brought up on charges of incitement.
The only issue that need concern the government of the United States right now is that the criminals who attacked our citizens and our embassies are still on the loose.
The Obama administration has brought this on itself, and the rest of us, by elevating sharia blasphemy standards over the First Amendment. As I explain in Spring Fever: The Illusion of Islamic Democracy, the State Department is working with the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, a bloc of 57 Muslim governments, to impose a resolution demanding that all nations enact laws against condemning not only incitement to violence based on religion, but also incitement to discrimination or hostility to religion.
It is no secret that Islamic law brutally punishes what it regards as blasphemy — any insult to Islam or its prophet, no matter how slight. Yet Obama has raised the expectations of Egypt’s government that he stands with them on this principle. In fact, in 2011, his State Department went so far as to host the OIC’s “High Level Meeting on Combating Religious Intolerance.”
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