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Thursday
Sep202012

UN head condemns film, tramples free speech in U.S. leadership vacuum

Photo of UN headquarters: The UN websiteSadly, at a time when there’s an opportunity to message the whole world about the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, U.S. leadership has failed.

After what most believe to be a planned attack on a U.S. Consulate in Libya and U.S. interests continue to be attacked around the world, President Barack Obama has basically apologized to people who killed Americans because an amateur filmmaker made fun of their faith.

An attack on a U.S. embassy or consulate comprises an act of war.

The head of the UN, Ban ki-Moon condemned the film,  trampled free speech and again proved to the world he sees it through the single prism of one faith—Islam.

Pravda reported ki-Moon said the UN "rejects the defamation of religion in any form. Meanwhile, nothing justifies the brutal violence that occurred yesterday in Benghazi." The UN chief also said the film “seems to have been designed deliberately to sow intolerance and bloodshed."

Iran wrote to ki-Moon, predictably outraged, saying “sentiments of Muslims were hurt by the insult.”

Iran’s news service reported additional remarks by ki-Moon at a news conference—boldface is added:

'Freedoms of expression should be and must be guaranteed and protected, when they are used for common justice, common purpose.'  

It’s hard to imagine the leader of an organization heavily funded by U.S. taxpayers would make that sort of tyrannical statement.

“Common justice”? That’s when you get to express your rights?

Obama hasn’t said a word in response to ki-Moon’s blatant endorsement of tyranny.

Once again, the UN proves to be more a hindrance than a proponent of freedom.

Coming from ki-Moon, however, the statement fits his agenda. One resolution, 7/19, passed by the UN Human Rights Council, named only one faith to be protected against “defamation”—Islam.

The Organisation of Islamic Cooperation will soon take up the issue of the insult to their prophet.

Christianity and Judaism draw a sharp contrast where reactions to insults are concerned.

Christians, for instance, view Christ as all-powerful. We are accustomed to ongoing hate speech, insults and derogatory comments from Leftists in the U.S. and from fundamentalist Muslim leaders around the world.

Why don’t Christians kill when Christ is ridiculed?

Christ doesn’t need us mere mortals to run defense for him—He is, to those of us who believe, all powerful.

Meanwhile, considering what many Islamist leaders have said about Jews, the film is a drop in the bucket when it comes to insults.

Obama has also been disturbingly silent about the persecution of Coptic Christians and other faiths.

Obviously we have a serious leadership crisis in the U.S. as our president stays mute (except on his perpetual campaign trail) while the First Amendment is attacked worldwide.

This is an issue where you cannot give an inch. Once you begin to erode government limitations on freedom of expression, you have opened a door that will never shut again.

Obama has in effect attempted to join the rest of the world in gagging U.S. citizens. That alone should cost him votes among lovers of freedom.

U.S. media and academics have either been silent about the First Amendment issue or have advocated for the Islamists.

(Commentary by Kay B. Day/Sept. 20, 2012)

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