Barack Obama addressed the United Nations today in New York City and as I informed you a couple of days ago he attacked the First Amendment's affirmation of the right of free speech. Well he did just that. In fact, he did it no less than at least six times.
Here's just one of those incidents:
In every country, there are those who find different religious beliefs threatening; in every culture, those who love freedom for themselves must ask how much they are willing to tolerate freedom for others.
That is what we saw play out the last two weeks, as a crude and disgusting video sparked outrage throughout the Muslim world. I have made it clear that the United States government had nothing to do with this video, and I believe its message must be rejected by all who respect our common humanity.
The future must not belong to those who slander the prophet of Islam.
Notice that last line. Many are making a lot out of the free speech issue, just as I have, but our First Amendment also guarantees the right to freedom of religion and in my faith, Christianity, we have the obligation to point out the falsehoods of other religions because we are commanded to "earnestly contend for the faith that was once for all delivered to the saints." My opposition to others' theology is not out of hate, though I am accused of it. Rather it is like a parent that speaks to a child to correct their thinking and instruct them rightly. Parents demonstrate love by doing so. However, it appears that Obama and the Muslims do not want to hear any opposition to Islam or to Mohammad.
To be fair, Obama did follow that line with, "Yet to be credible, those who condemn that slander must also condemn the hate we see when the image of Jesus Christ is desecrated, churches are destroyed, or the Holocaust is denied. Let us condemn incitement against Sufi Muslims, and Shiite pilgrims. It is time to heed the words of Gandhi: “Intolerance is itself a form of violence and an obstacle to the growth of a true democratic spirit.” Together, we must work towards a world where we are strengthened by our differences, and not defined by them. That is what America embodies, and that is the vision we will support."
The problem still exists though. While he tips the hat towards Christ, which Islam does, he does not say anything remotely close to "the future must not belong to those who slander the prophet of Islam." Rather he simply says that the desecration of the image of Jesus Christ must be condemned. As one that believes in the First and Second Commandment, I view images as idolatry, so I condemn the image long before I condemn "desecration."
Furthermore, Obama was unwilling to cite the fact that those who attacked the U.S. embassies around the world, including the consulate in Libya are responsible for those attacks, not some video. In fact, I'd be willing to bet most of the people involved have never seen the "Innocence of Muslims."
Obama ever even mentioned the word terrorism, yet his White House Press Secretary Jay Carney, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and National Counterterrorism Center Director Matthew Olson all called what happened in Benghazi "terrorist attacks."
"There's no doubt that the kind of weapons that were used, the ongoing assault, that it wasn't just a mob action. What's clear is that, around the world, there are still a lot of threats out there," the president said.
"The overwhelming majority of Muslims, they want the same things that families here want. They want opportunity, kids want an education, they want jobs, they want peace. But there are extremist strains that are there."
"There's never an excuse for violence," he said.
"The best way to marginalize that kind of speech [in the anti-Islam movie] is to ignore it. You don't make yourself bigger by putting other people down."
I don't like a lot that Islam has to say. I think they are blaspheming God by claiming Jesus Christ is not the Son of God and God manifested in the flesh, but then I think that Mormons blaspheme God when they claim that Jesus was the spirit brother of Satan. I don't go blowing up their buildings and killing them. All of us have the right to speak our minds. We also have the right to passionately disagree, but we do not have the right to turn to violence because we believe we have been offended.
My fellow Americans, this is the process of bringing Shariah law into this country. Obama says that if you oppose Islam and you slander Mohammad, then you are not a part of the future. Should we consider that a threat against us? I think we should.
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