American embassy in Cairo appears to embrace sharia speech codes *UPDATED*

Yes, I understand that the embassy in Cairo is besieged but it does strike me as cowardly to abandon core principles as this juncture (emphasis mine):

U.S. Embassy Condemns Religious Incitement

September 11, 2012

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. Today, the 11th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States, Americans are honoring our patriots and those who serve our nation as the fitting response to the enemies of democracy. 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.

You’d think that you wouldn’t have to provide basic constitutional lessons for U.S. Embassy employees but I guess they need a little review:

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

If we Americans want to say Islam is an incitement to violence, we can. If we want to put Jesus in a vat full of urine, we can. If we want to say Jews are greedy, we can. If we want to say Hindus worship cows, we can. If we want to say Mormons wear funny underwear, we can.  We are allowed to hurt the religious feelings of religious people.  It’s our right as Americans to be rude.  Neither tact, nor forbearance, nor non-mutual respect, nor polite lies are required under our Constitution.

Last thought:  It is possible that the language from embassy — that it’s bad “to hurt the religious feelings of Muslims” — is as foolish as it is because the embassy people meant them ironically. Perhaps the White House said “say something that won’t hurt Muslim feelings,” and some P.O.’d embassy official came back with this nonsensical, unconstitutional PC fecal matter. I mean, the statement is too close to parody to be real. Isn’t it?  Come on, someone.  Please agree with me right about now.

Of course, if that statement is a heartfelt expression from America’s representative on Egypt’s soil, God help us all, because our government is in the hands of dhimmis.

UPDATE:  For more on embassy awfulness (proving that this is no joke, but is their real thinking) just check their twitter feed:


Is it possible that these government representatives do not understand that the essence of free speech is the ability to criticize religion?  No, it may not be very nice, but in a normal, non-sharia, world, this type of criticism leads to a debate that enriches the marketplace of ideas — and may the best idea win.  We do America a profound and lasting disservice if we abandon this core principle to pander to a 7th century mentality, the practitioners of which are deathly afraid to subject their beliefs to an intellectual airing and analysis.

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  • Jose

    Even though none of the reports actually say it, this, and the attack on our consulate in Libya, are simply Islamists commemorating the twin towers attack and reminding us of our rightful place.  No matter what the pretext, the message is clear, and our leadership is afraid to call it what it is. 
     
    No speaking truth to power for Great Satan.

  • Mike Devx

    Book, I saw your paragraph in which you expressed your hope that this was an ironic joke by a pissed off Embassy employee, and I already knew instantly that you’d be disappointed.  Our government’s Commander In Chief is a practiced apologist, constantly apologizing for American Sins whenever he is overseas.  Why should embassy personnel be any more pro-American than Obama is?  I would expect that for our overseas employees to stick up for the American People, or for our values, or for our traditions, is to risk the equivalent of an assignment to Siberia.  

    India’s a beautiful country in many places, but I wouldn’t want to be re-assigned as a sub-diplomat to Calcutta, or whatever they’re calling that cesspool these days.  If you’re a government employee, you do NOT want to cross Our Great Obama, His Grand Majesty The King.

     

  • http://bigfoodetc.blogspot.com Marica

    “Is it possible that these government representatives do not understand that the essence of free speech is the ability to criticize religion?”

    Sadly, yes. 

    Many things have changed in the last 11 years. This is one– although in truth, as everyone here knows, the changes began long before September 11, 2001. 

    Heard an interview with a Retired Major General– a Mississippian– today on Mississippi SuperTalk. He was in the Pentagon. Almost didn’t make it out. Served in Bagdad and other places.  It was one of the most honest– and strangely optimistic– things I’ve heard in years. Paraphrasing, “Are we winning the war on terror?” “No.” He goes to champion American ideals and although not asked, I’d bet would have said that Cairo today  was a missed opportunity. He’s now athletic director at Souther Miss, by the way!

    I’ve asked for the transcript and if it’s available, I’ll be sure to pass it along. 

  • SADIE

    Is it me, but has anyone noticed that statements are coming from Julia Nuland and not Hillary, who is still somewhere else from what I gather.  

    Suggested read from Ruth King, who connects the dots from 1993. They’re very BIG dots.    

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  • http://furtheradventuresofindigored.blogspot.com/ Indigo Red

    Mob of misunderstanders of Islam set fire to the US consulate in Benghazi, killed one American and wounded another today. Sure would like them to go back to killing their own when they’re angry about something.

    http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/2/9/52597/World/International/Mob-sets-fire-to-US-consulate-in-Benghazi-witness.aspx 

  • SADIE

    Any week that has a Tuesday ticks them off. If the Tuesday just happens to be September 11th, well…they step it up a notch. The assault on our embassy was a test and not to my surprise, we failed miserably.  

  • JKB

    Well, for diplomats they sure are insulting.  “to hurt the religious beliefs of others”?  Beliefs cannot be hurt unless they are weak and the person does not have faith.  Now, feelings could be hurt by someone else’s free speech but if the beliefs were hurt, then the beliefs were not very substantial in the first place.  Seems to me, it is undiplomatic to impugn the substance of someone’s beliefs without more proof.

    Dear US Embassy in Cairo, words matter, especially in your domain, try to use your words with precision.  That should have been covered on day one of Foreign Officer school.

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  • http://furtheradventuresofindigored.blogspot.com/ Indigo Red

    On this 9/11 while the Cairo Embassy is attacked, the Benghazi, Libya Consulate is burned with a staff member killed and another wounded Barack Obama sent a video message to the Arab Forum on Asset Recovery. 

    http://www.whitehouse.gov/photos-and-video/video/2012/09/11/president-obama-s-message-arab-forum-asset-recovery 

    Apparently, he couldn’t wait a few days after 9/11 to address the Arab Forum despite the emotional import of this day.

  • Mike Devx

    > Apparently, he couldn’t wait a few days after 9/11 to address the Arab Forum despite the emotional import of this day.

    Apparently after deliberately snubbing Mr. Netanyahu, Obama felt compelled to add, on the same day, that he would be appearing on Letterman instead.

    This is a man who LOVES to rub his opponent’s nose in it.  Remember the State of the Union Address, when Obama was peeved at the Justices for a recent decision, and there they were sitting in the audience?  He deliberately insulted them.  And the egregious insult to Paul Ryan, sitting in the small conference on health care.  Only later to claim “I didn’t know he was there.”  Low class and ignorant to boot.

    For the life of me, I can’t understand how people find him likable.  There’s nothing to like.

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