The only religion for which liberals make excuses is the most illiberal one -- Islam. While they interpret Christianity in the worst possible light -- the Obama administration places Catholic and Evangelical opponents of gay marriage in the same moral category as racists -- they cast Islam in the rosiest one. It is a "great religion," pronounced Hillary Clinton last week, even as its adherents set fire to embassies and cheered the killing of U.S. diplomats and Navy Seals.
The more violence Islam produces, the more liberals insist it is "peaceful." The cravenness would be comic were its implications not so serious. Last week self-styled Voltairean liberals, who normally gush about the glories of free speech, popped up on mindless morning shows to endorse the imprisonment of Islam's critics. MSNBC pundit Mike Barnicle encouraged the Justice Department to round up Florida pastor Terry Jones as an "accessory" to crimes. Barnicle's colleagues appeared untroubled by his fascistic suggestion. One even chimed in that "I was thinking the same thing."
So much for fighting to the death for free speech. Nor did anyone in the Obama administration, chock-a-block full of former ACLU staffers, balk at the administration's pressure on YouTube to take down the "Innocence of Muslims" video. Suddenly limits on art make sense to liberals. The Obama administration didn't succeed, but they certainly tried. Perhaps while they are at it they should ask Barnes and Noble to confiscate all copies of Dante's Inferno, as he places Mohammed in hell.
Since when has the left cared about the dangers of free speech? Art is "provocation," liberals lectured Americans appalled by Robert Mapplethorpe's crucifix-in-urine photographs. Free speech should be "robust," they used to say, so as to dislodge important truths.
But now the "feelings" of viewers are paramount, provided that the viewers are Muslims, not Christians. Obama supporter Tom Hanks, who has called Christian opponents of gay marriage "un-American," had no problem acting out the vile lies of Dan Brown.
The RPG-wielding terrorists in Libya hadn't seen the YouTube video and it is not clear that they even have human feelings. No matter. The Obama administration is sticking to this story, as it absolves the president of the bloody fiasco's real causes: his gross lack of security vigilance on a 9/11 anniversary and his utterly naïve approach to militant Islam. This national humiliation derives in large part from his preference for anti-American Muslim democracies to pro-American dictators. Just as Carter preferred popular ayatollahs to unpopular monarchs, so Obama prefers the Muslim Brotherhood to the Mubaraks.
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