No justification for inciting violence
Gov. Romney has indicated that the crude film made specifically to insult Muslims and incite violence is protected by our principle of free speech. In his ignorance of the sequence of events and his bizarre misinterpretation of a statement by our consulate in Cairo responding to a protest there, Romney accuses the “Obama administration” of apologizing to the Arabs. Mr. Romney continues to demonstrate his utter incapacity to understand and to react rationally to world events.
Freedom of speech is not absolute. As is frequently pointed out, it is illegal to shout “Fire” in a crowded theater unless there is fire. It is, however, currently permissible to produce and disseminate material designed to cause hatred, violence and mayhem. A Bible-thumping yahoo can publicly announce that he will burn a copy of the Koran in heroic defiance of Islam.
Such material and actions are weapons of mass destruction, and we are seeing that in the Middle East. There is a difference between political censorship and prohibiting endangerment of our national security and the murder of our citizens and diplomats. It is time to ban provocations that incite violence against this country.