U.S. officially apologizes for and condemns free speech
Not a joke. Not even close to a joke. I wish it were a joke as I’d never imagined such a thing could happen. It has. The official statement from the U.S. 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
Sounds pretty. Here’s the deal, however: Free speech gives you the right to say things that offend others. Who says who is offended by what? As a Jew, I feel offended by and use my free speech rights to condemn those who deny the Holocaust, for instance. I’d also fight to my last breath to protect their right to espouse opinions and beliefs I abhor. Free speech means free speech. It doesn’t mean speech YOU, whoever YOU or I or ANYONE ELSE may be, agree with. Free. Speech.