The attack in Libya and the mob violence at the U.S. Embassy in Cairo point out a huge gap between the way Americans view liberty and many others in the world.
A person makes a movie that someone believes offends their religion and thousands if not millions of people go bonkers in the Middle East. Freedom of speech and freedom of religion are not exclusive to the U-S-A. But history shows us the American brand of civil liberty is unknown in many parts of the world.
The American system of justice protects free expression, even when it offends our own citizens. Americans may become agitated over what they see or hear in public discourse, but we rarely maim or murder in our anger.
Last week’s violence proves the Middle East is still a very dangerous place, filled with religious zealots. I believe those who truly understand America love us, no matter where they live or what their religion may be.
When’s the last time anybody’s embassy was attacked by a mob in the U-S-A?
Our thought for today is from Robert Jackson:
“The price of freedom of religion, or of speech, or of the press, is that we must put up with a good deal of rubbish.”