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We Must Deplore All Crude Attacks on Religion—Except in Reality We Don’t?


By now most have noticed the paradox of President Obama’s U.N. speech: Obama condemned the video, while admonishing those who were offended by it to self-reflect and extend similar anguish to smears against Christianity and Judaism. So far, so good.

But has Obama himself ever done that? To my knowledge during the last four years Obama has never deplored the Arab state media’s serial anti-Semitism and anti-Christianity, nor has he remonstrated with crude Americans, in the way he has with those who made the anti-Muslim video. The reason is either a sort of calculated apprehension — Obama knows that aggrieved Christians and Jews don’t strap on bombs, or use such slights to whip up the mob — or reflects Obama’s apparent belief that Islam is inherently different from Christianity and Judaism, and it is “natural” that Muslims should become unhinged over a video in a way it would be unnatural for aggrieved non-Muslims in the same way to react to attacks on their own religions and creeds. 

In other words, we made a big circle and ended up where we began: more Munich-like contextualization and throat-clearing about the video rather than a clear and consistent message that the American government doesn’t browbeat those exercising free expression of any sort, however crude. So expect same old, same old: another soaring Obama split-the-difference speech, while the Islamists continue to scour the Internet for the next pretext for their next operation, as the Muslim media continues with its daily fare of anti-Semitic and anti-Christian venom.

And given none of this is new, we know why Mr. Ahmadinejad has no worries about again promising the end of Israel, or why Mr. Morsi continues to give lectures about what is wrong with America while he accepts our hundreds of millions in aid.


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