In case you still doubted the government’s failure of moral leadership in the fight against radical Islam, the U.S. Embassy in Cairo’s pusillanimous Sept. 11 press release should jar you to reality.
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.
I’m almost embarrassed to point this out, but does the government take that stance when Dan Savage or Bill Maher uses free speech to “hurt the religious beliefs of others”? No, because the target of their speech, Christian America, doesn’t turn out and riot and issue fatwas at the drop of a hat. Unlike Muslims, Christians don’t need to be coddled when their feelings are hurt.
At some point in the distant future (or in an alternate universe), we will frame a respectful public debate on Islam and its place in the modern world. But not until Muslims stop going berserk whenever their feelings are hurt. That lesson certainly will not be learned in this case, in which the supposed reason for Muslims trashing a U.S. Embassy is validated by the obsequious victim, like a battered woman dependent on her abusive husband.
Charles Hurt over at the Washington Times points out: “The great thing about these people is that not only does the cruel punishment never have to fit the relatively minor crime, but those being punished don’t even have to be the guilty parties.” And why should they be? Muslims on a hair trigger are more likely to obtain concessions from people who lack the courage to stand up to them than from those who don’t.
Recall the Obama administration’s efforts to shut up Florida pastor Terry Jones, who for some reason made headlines when he threatened to burn a Quran in 2010. They temporarily succeeded in silencing him, but Muslims rioted anyway, because more concessions had yet to be gained. The speech police here in America still have so much further to go.
P.S.: In light of this rediscovery of “respect for religious beliefs,” will the government revisit its order to religious organizations to insure abortion for its employees?
P.P.S.: The real(?) reason for the riot anticipated here, courtesy of Jihad Watch.
UPDATE (9/13): Remarkable. And, yes, a little scary. Yesterday the Obama administration attempted to shut up Terry Jones again.