Yesterday’s message from Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was clear: We will not apologize for freedom.After violence erupted in Cairo over an anti-Islamic film produced in the United States, many were upset about an apologetic tweet from an Embassy staffer lamenting the existence of a film that attacked a religion so openly. Washington disavowed the tweet, and Clinton was quick to clarify why, as Politico reports:
The embassy came under widespread criticism for failing to defend free speech in the face of threats of violence. Egyptian protesters rioted anyway, breaching the embassy walls and tearing down the American flag.“Some have sought to justify this vicious behavior as a response to inflammatory material posted on the Internet. The United States deplores any intentional effort to denigrate the religious beliefs of others. Our commitment to religious tolerance goes back to the very beginning of our nation. But let me be clear: There is never any justification for violent acts of this kind,” Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said in a Tuesday statement.
Clinton is correct here. The United States government should stand by freedom of expression, and should never have to apologize for any expression, however vile, that has no association whatsoever with the government.Additionally, while we at Via Meadia don’t believe in attacking other people’s religions, it seems to us that riot and murder in response to such insults are a worse form of blasphemy and are more displeasing to God than any original offense.