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Fed Up With Apologies
I’ve about had enough of our government always apologizing to the world. I’m sick and tired of politicians who think the United States of America is the problem.
This is the greatest country on the face of the earth. When the tsunami hit Japan and Indonesia, we were there. When earthquakes rattled Iran and Pakistan, we were there. When Australia was flooding, we were there. When Africa was hungry, we were there. We removed a despot in charge of Iraq to help the Iraqi people – Muslims. We removed the brutal Taliban regime to help the Afghan people – Muslims. We went into Kosovo to save Muslims.
Yet, in spite of all that we do to bend over backwards to show what a great and inclusive nation we are and in spite of the fact that we a predominantly Christian nation that does so, we are attacked, murdered, and slandered.
What makes our country so great and unlike others is our belief and emphasis on INDIVIDUAL rights. While European and Asian nations focus more on the collective rights, we recognize the autonomy and sovereignty of the citizen. And while we are sliding in the opposite direction, at least for now we have a major non-profit community that sees to the civic welfare of society instead of relying on government to care for our every need.
In this country, Christians, Jews, and other religions suffer a constant onslaught of verbal attacks against their beliefs. We live in a country that rejects both theocratic and secular governing while protecting the rights of the religious and godless alike. The antagonistic atheists are free to put up billboards on our public highways ridiculing the pitiful masses that dare to exercise faith in a supreme being. They do so without threat of imprisonment, fines, or personal security.
We live in a country where writer and director Sam Bacile can create a film critical of the Islam’s Prophet Muhammad just as Bill Maher is free to make a film called “Religulous” critical of Jesus Christ. He’s also allowed to host a cable program in which he constantly bashes religion and even gets paid to do it.
So, that is the fundamental difference between our society and Muslim society. When people are critical of religion here, there is no threat of revolt, burning buildings, or dragging corpses through the street. Because of our inclusiveness and the perception that we are an “anti-Muslim” society, we trip over ourselves trying to be politically correct. However, we are still free to exercise our basic beliefs.
For example, I’m perfectly within my rights to say that I don’t believe Islam is a peaceful religion. I think it is a religion of intolerance and hate. I think Islam teaches its followers that they are within their established doctrine to kill others in certain situations – like criticizing the Prophet. This is what we are seeing right now in the Middle East.
The two-hour movie, “Innocence of Muslims,” cost $5 million to make and was financed with the help of more than 100 Jewish donors, said Bacile, who wrote and directed it.
The film claims Muhammad was a fraud. An English-language 13-minute trailer on YouTube shows an amateur cast performing a wooden dialogue of insults disguised as revelations about Muhammad, whose obedient followers are presented as a cadre of goons.
As a result of this, our Consulate in Benghazi, Libya was ransacked and burned to the ground. The American ambassador was killed and his body paraded through the streets. Three other embassy employees have been killed.
And what was the response from our government? The U.S. Embassy in Cairo at first issued a statement saying, in part, that it condemns “the continuing efforts by misguided individuals to hurt the religious feelings of Muslims — as we condemn efforts to offend believers of all religions.”
WHAT?! Let me translate that into layman’s terms: “We don’t respect the individual rights of others, so we can see your justification in killing our people.”
The response from the embassy, the State Department, Congress, the President – I DON’T CARE WHO – should have been, “we respect the 1st amendment rights of every citizen to express their personal beliefs about any religion and strongly condemn those who think violence is a proper response to any exercise of those liberties.”
But, instead of standing up for individual liberty, we issue apologies as if we’ve done something wrong. Let me be clear about something: WE’VE DONE NOTHING WRONG. How is it that we live in a country where Bill Maher is free to spew his crap on a daily basis and Sam Bacile is not?
The First Amendment was never meant to protect agreeable speech. The First Amendment was designed to protect offensive speech, because nobody ever tries to ban the rest. We live in a country where people should not feel the need to hide or sequester themselves because of something they said, but that is exactly what Bacile is now required to do.
The people that stormed our embassies and killed our citizens are not terrorists or the Taliban. These are Muslims. This is how they enforce their beliefs – through violence and intimidation. We may not be at war with Islam, but Islam sure is at war with us. And our government is aiding and abetting the enemy with their words. The First Amendment is often inconvenient. But that is besides the point. Inconvenience does not absolve the government of its obligation to tolerate speech.