Nevertheless, the Obama administration has already succumbed to the Islamists’ pressure against free speech which offends them with its craven apologies and refusal to use jihad, Islamists and terrorism in the same sentence. Meanwhile, this administration had no compunction in thumbing its nose at devout Catholics by forcing Catholic institutions to pay for contraception and abortion-inducing drugs in violation of their core religious beliefs.
As I previously wrote, the Obama administration tried to have inserted into a press statement, issued September 12th by the UN Security Council on the “Attacks against U.S. Diplomatic Personnel” in Libya, language against the denigration of religions. France, which does not even have legal protections of free speech as strong as our First Amendment and is now facing its own test of resolve against Islamist blowbacks to the satirical magazine caricatures, thankfully blocked this incredibly craven proposal from seeing the light of day.
When Obama visits the United Nations next week to deliver his annual bow to “world opinion” he will find a global consensus in the General Assembly compatible with the Islamists’ and his own worldview, but which is against America’s traditional notion of freedom of expression. In his press conference on September 19th in advance of next week’s love fest, United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon displayed this consensus:
Freedom of expression should be and must be guaranteed and protected, when they are used for common justice, common purpose. When some people use this freedom of expression to provoke or humiliate some others’ values and beliefs, then this cannot be protected in such a way. So my position is that freedom of expression, while it is a fundamental right and privilege, should not be abused by such people, by such a disgraceful and shameful act.
The First Amendment does not confine the protection of free speech to cases when it is “used for common justice, common purpose.” Freedom of speech is an inalienable individual right. Once the collective begins to curb this right in the service of some “common purpose” or sense of “common justice,” all of our freedoms are in jeopardy. As George Washington said:
“If freedom of speech is taken away, then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter.”
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