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.”

As the U.S. Constitution celebrates 225 years since its signing, freedom of expression suffers its worst week in history. From the U.S. Embassy in Libya to President Obama to the Secretary of State, we have heard the message that sensitivity to Muslim intolerance trumps the U.S. Constitution. Early on, there were requests from the Obama administration that YouTube censure videos that might be considered insensitive. (YouTube has refused to comply.) The administration doubled down on its disengenuous  story over the weekend that violence in the Middle East is unrelated to their weak policies, but rather due to an obscure video trailer, available for months on the Internet, that ridicules Islam. Sadly, the only justification for the statements involves Obama’s re-election prospects; the uprisings across the radical Muslim world last week provide the real evidence that Obama’s appeasement and lead-from-behind foreign policy have furthered the goals of radicals in the Middle East and harmed our own country’s core values.

Outrage. Local police take this man, who may or may not have been part of the production of the Internet video trailer on Islam, into custody in California. Who will be next on the Obama list of exceptions to the First Amendment?

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