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Islamists Celebrate 9/11 by Murdering More Americans; U.S. Embassy Demands “Respect” for Islam

Islamists celebrated 9/11 by slaughtering more Americans: “The U.S. ambassador to Libya and three other American staff members were killed Tuesday in an attack on the U.S. consulate in the Libyan city of Benghazi, the White House confirmed.”

Meanwhile, in Egypt, Islamists stormed the U.S. Embassy.

The pretext for this latest round of violence was the posting on the internet of a video critical of Mohammed. The actual reason for the violence is that Islamists are motivated by a barbaric ideology that demands obedience to a murderer’s creed, and they were looking for any excuse to assault Americans.

That Islamists lashed out in murderous violence over some video is enraging but not surprising; brutalizing and murdering others is what Islamists do. What is surprising—and disgusting—is that U.S. representatives responded to early waves of the violence by condemning the “misguided individuals” who “hurt the religious feelings of Muslims.” Here is the statement from the U.S. Embassy in Cairo:

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. . . . 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.

A cornerstone of the American republic is the right to peaceably practice religion and to freely express one’s views. For U.S. officials to call for respect for an ideology of violence, and to ignore the rights of Americans, is reprehensible.

On the anniversary of 9/11, Islamists reminded Americans of their murderous intentions driven by their murderous ideology—an ideology richly deserving of criticism, contempt, and mockery. On September 11, 2012, Islamists celebrated their brethrens’ slaughter of Americans eleven years ago by slaughtering more Americans in service of “Allah.”

Americans will not be able to defend themselves against Islamists until they realize that the bromide that we should “respect” the religious beliefs of those who wish to kill us is suicidal nonsense.

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Posted in: Foreign Policy and War

Comments are welcome so long as they are civil.
  • Mark Coldren

    Apparently, the statement by the US Embassy in Cairo was made before the protests actually occurred, so it wasn’t a response to the protests, it was a response to the movie.

  • Anonymous

    Regardless of the precise timeline, the embassy released the statement in response to actual or threatened violence.

  • Mark Coldren

    True, but when I shared your post I was corrected by a leftist, so I figured I’d pass it along.

  • Anonymous

    I do appreciate the note; however, the information is not a “correction,” as my original statement is correct. Moreover, the embassy published subsequent messages standing by its earlier statement:

  • Anonymous

    I agree with Ari’s comments below.

    Also, notice that the Embassy’s statement, regardless of when it was released, is a complete betrayal of individual rights and free-speech. Offending people is not an “abuse of free speech,” it _is_ free speech. A government that condemns individuals for their views instead of affirming their right to voice them, especially in the context of the Middle East, is squarely on the side of the enemy.

  • Anonymous

    Freedom of religion and freedom of speech are equal. Neither one ever overrides the other.

    By the embassy’s statment, one must conclude that while the film is condemned, though within the rights of its producer, the violence, destruction and murder of the “propesters” is also ok. After all, look how grievously offended they were! Mike Kevitt