U.S. embassy in Cairo apologizes for “abuse of free speech” after protesters tear down American flag

posted at 5:21 pm on September 11, 2012 by Allahpundit

A show of strength from Salafists on 9/11 to remind Americans who’s winning these days in the Middle East. The newsworthy part isn’t the protest — we already know what a mob can do to an embassy in Cairo — but the reaction from the embassy. When this tweet started circulating a few hours ago, I thought it might be a parody account. Afraid not. The official statement from the embassy website:

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

The money word there, of course, is “abuse.” If speech is illegitimate because it offends religious sensibilities, then we’re on the doorstep of yelling “blasphemy.” In practical effect, that’s what the embassy is pushing: There’s not a syllable wasted here on condemning the cretins who climbed the embassy walls and tore down the flag — on 9/11. The denunciation is reserved for the blasphemers, who in this case turn out to be Egyptian expats who made an amateur film about Mohammed that’s presumably being used by Islamist demagogues over there to whip up the crowd. Every now and then, the Organization of the Islamic Conference pushes a blasphemy resolution at the UN designed to carve out international exceptions to free speech laws for insults to religion, i.e. Islam. The statement from the embassy is precisely the mentality they’re trying to cultivate. All that’s missing is a call for criminal penalties, but that’s less important to the anti-blasphemy bloc than western officials groveling to their sensibilities. Mission accomplished.

Do note, this isn’t the only criticism of Islam that’s been suppressed today due to fears of violence. In the UK, a private screening of a new documentary on the subject was canceled due to threats. I wonder if The One will get so much as a single question about this, and what he’ll say in defense of the embassy’s reaction. The last time we went through the now familiar “insult to Islam inspires international incident” cycle, he begged Terry Jones publicly not to burn the Koran because doing so would endanger U.S. troops. That was clever insofar as it’s hard to resist an appeal to patriotism from the C-in-C but it has the same problem as the embassy statement — namely, placing the moral onus on the speaker not to speak rather than on the violent nut not to be nutty and violent. Is O going to phone the Egyptian expats and ask them to take up another hobby besides filmmaking? Curious to see how far this logic extends.


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Obama = Carter

Blake on September 11, 2012 at 5:24 PM

Presidouche Obowma would apologize to a rapist for dressing provacatively. The only question is, will Mittens call him out? Doubtful.

Western_Civ on September 11, 2012 at 5:25 PM

O-bow-ma

clnurnberg on September 11, 2012 at 5:25 PM

Fluke Obama, in a very bad way.

That he is president so soon aftet 9/11/2001 is proof the muzzies are winning, all the way.

It’s the Arab Winter and Obama made it. They are his brothers.

He hates the US.

Schadenfreude on September 11, 2012 at 5:26 PM

Oh man, if only we could tell our (great-)grandfathers as they prepared to storm Normandy Beach that Americaland would cower before the seventh-century rage of third-world savages in 60-70 years.

Jeddite on September 11, 2012 at 5:26 PM

Please don’t hurt us. We’ll be good. We promise. See we turned that mean old rotten Bibi away without a meeting and everything.

Lily on September 11, 2012 at 5:26 PM

Maybe Obama can go back and bow again.

pat on September 11, 2012 at 5:26 PM

From Drudge-
FLASH: US consulate in Libya set on fire…

El_Terrible on September 11, 2012 at 5:26 PM

Carter-ization of Barry.

Bring on tehe killer rabbit next to complete the picture. The more Barry reminds Americans of Carter in every way, the more likely 2012 will be 1980.

bayview on September 11, 2012 at 5:27 PM

FORWARD

NapaConservative on September 11, 2012 at 5:27 PM

Guess the only solution, a billion more in aid from the US?

Sorry, but gads I detest these rop types, just can’t help it!
L

letget on September 11, 2012 at 5:27 PM

For anyone with their head up their as__ – the great religious war of the 21rst century – IS UNDERWAY.

History repeats itself – over and over again.

jake-the-goose on September 11, 2012 at 5:27 PM

These protesters are straight out of Dinesh D’Souza’s caution in “2016.” Go watch it. The Guy Fawkes masks, the radicals. And remember who helped these guys get into power. GO WATCH THE FILM.

hoosiermama on September 11, 2012 at 5:27 PM

Picture of the day…priorities.

MontanaMmmm on September 11, 2012 at 5:27 PM

Drudge now has a red headline about US consulate in Benghazi, Libya being set on fire.

Mark1971 on September 11, 2012 at 5:27 PM

Sickening, and on today of all days.

the new aesthetic on September 11, 2012 at 5:28 PM

So basically all we have to do is have a pastor in Florida make a movie about the trial and hanging of a dummy Mohammed and the Middle East starts to burn? And we’re apologizing to THEM?!

Doughboy on September 11, 2012 at 5:28 PM

The Embassy of the United States in Cairo condemns the continuing efforts by misguided individuals to hurt the religious feelings of Muslims

Fluke you all, Obama first, Hillary second, the muzzies thirs, asf.

Go to hell/Hell, all of you, and your PC ‘sensibilities’. May the devil strike you all.

Schadenfreude on September 11, 2012 at 5:28 PM

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 ISLAMIC/MUSLIM 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

Emphasis Mine.

FlaMurph on September 11, 2012 at 5:28 PM

AND on 9/11, no less.

bayview on September 11, 2012 at 5:28 PM

First one over the wall should have got a 7.62 in his head.

warren on September 11, 2012 at 5:29 PM

third

Schadenfreude on September 11, 2012 at 5:29 PM

Obama needs to go to Cairo and give another speech before this gets way out of hand.

Mark1971 on September 11, 2012 at 5:29 PM

My feelings are hurt, too. Can I get a statement as well?

kim roy on September 11, 2012 at 5:29 PM

Obama = Carter

Blake on September 11, 2012 at 5:24 PM

Dittoes.

Arab spring.

Smart power.

Leading from behind.

From Drudge-
FLASH: US consulate in Libya set on fire…

El_Terrible on September 11, 2012 at 5:26 PM

Jeepers.

petefrt on September 11, 2012 at 5:29 PM

Biden calls 9/11 memories “bittersweet”.

Obama denies visit by Netanyaho.

The state dept. goes to Hades.

Throw them all out, or suffer the headchopping. These people all want the muzzies to take you there.

Schadenfreude on September 11, 2012 at 5:30 PM

A great ad for Romney would be to show the mob trashing the flag with President Kardasian in the background bowing, and the text of the “apology” from the Hillary department of state. Great foreigh policy you got there, Barry!

djtnt on September 11, 2012 at 5:31 PM

“Jimmy Carter please pick up the red courtesy phone. The White House needs some advise.”

oldroy on September 11, 2012 at 5:31 PM

Obama loves these hot flaires. They’re all distractions from the economic and other disasters that he is.

Schadenfreude on September 11, 2012 at 5:31 PM

F*CK THE ISLAMISTS!

Thanks, and have a nice day.

Gothguy on September 11, 2012 at 5:31 PM

First one over the wall should have got a 7.62 in his head.

warren on September 11, 2012 at 5:29 PM

I’m reminded of the quote by Gene Wilder in Blazing Saddles regarding Mongo: “No. Don’t do that. Don’t do that. If you shoot him, you’ll just make him mad.”

I think we have the same mentality when it comes to radical Islam.

Doughboy on September 11, 2012 at 5:31 PM

I remember the very same US government issuing a similar statement when Andres Serrano decided to display his photo called “Pi$$ Chr!st”. Yes the US government condemned that exhibit, and issued a strongly worded statement against hurting the religious beliefs of others.

Wait. What?

Hill60 on September 11, 2012 at 5:31 PM

Nothing to say but….”spits on sidewalk”.

Limerick on September 11, 2012 at 5:31 PM

Wonder what these barbarians will do when America runs out of money to pay them for their friendship?

aposematic on September 11, 2012 at 5:31 PM

Where’s the statement from the right?

“Obama is such a nice guy”

Schadenfreude on September 11, 2012 at 5:32 PM

We hurt their feelings on 911? I’m incredulous…

sandee on September 11, 2012 at 5:32 PM

A great ad for Romney would be to show the mob trashing the flag with President Kardasian in the background bowing, and the text of the “apology” from the Hillary department of state. Great foreigh policy you got there, Barry!

djtnt on September 11, 2012 at 5:31 PM

Split screen with the Iranian embassy footage and shots of Carter here and there.

oldroy on September 11, 2012 at 5:32 PM

Whoever suggested and put out the statement should be fire and never work in the US government. Fuck them.

Rights are suppose to offend people. If they aren’t then why need them?

jdun on September 11, 2012 at 5:32 PM

Nothing to say but….”spits on sidewalk”.

Limerick on September 11, 2012 at 5:31 PM

Spit, Limerick, especially on the eunuchy squishes on the right.

Schadenfreude on September 11, 2012 at 5:32 PM

Sickening, and on today of all days.

the new aesthetic on September 11, 2012 at 5:28 PM

I don’t think it’s a coincidence. And the animals doing the same thing in Benghazi isn’t about that film either. These are 9/11 events.

forest on September 11, 2012 at 5:32 PM

There is no doubt in my mind that the Moslem Brotherhood specifically planned for this type of thing to happen in the areas it controls on 9/11 over some supposed outrage.

Burning United States of American flags across the Middle East being shown on Primetime News stations on the 11 year anniversary. Not a mistake, not a coincidence.

Dino V on September 11, 2012 at 5:33 PM

F*CK THE ISLAMISTS!

Thanks, and have a nice day.

Gothguy on September 11, 2012 at 5:31 PM

Plus several millions.

Schadenfreude on September 11, 2012 at 5:33 PM

America had better figure out what it stands for, and then have the guts to back it up with a strong arm or else we will soon enter a period of time in which we can no longer determine outcomes, but rather be tossed to and fro between powers not hindered by naval gazing and self defeating introspection.

Weight of Glory on September 11, 2012 at 5:33 PM

These are 9/11 events.

forest on September 11, 2012 at 5:32 PM

And we apologize to THEM!

MontanaMmmm on September 11, 2012 at 5:34 PM

The denunciation is reserved for the blasphemers, who in this case turn out to be Egyptian expats who made an amateur film about Mohammed

So Egyptians make a movie about Mohammad that other Egyptians find offensive, and mobs of Egyptians storm the U.S. Embassy and tear down our flag to express their outrage about their fellow Egyptians’ movie — and the U.S. grovels and apologizes to the mob for their hurt feelings . . . on 9/11?

You can’t make this $hit up.

AZCoyote on September 11, 2012 at 5:34 PM

Obama = Carter

Blake on September 11, 2012 at 5:24 PM

No. Carter was a piker compared to Obama. Obama is in a whole different league.

rrpjr on September 11, 2012 at 5:34 PM

I don’t think it’s a coincidence. And the animals doing the same thing in Benghazi isn’t about that film either. These are 9/11 events.

forest on September 11, 2012 at 5:32 PM

My thoughts exactly.

the new aesthetic on September 11, 2012 at 5:34 PM

The last time we went through the now familiar “insult to Islam inspires international incident” cycle, he begged Terry Jones publicly not to burn the Koran because doing so would endanger U.S. troops.

Well, AP, Barry may get that chance again. GatewayPundit has a vid from Wesboro Baptist Church with “Mo” hanging in effigy and Jones promising a trial for Islam.

BTW, how accurate is this reporting that they were Egyptian ex-pats and Christian to boot. Do you have verification of that? If not, then shouldn’t you be calling for that verification?

Dusty on September 11, 2012 at 5:35 PM

someone has to leak the movie….

nathor on September 11, 2012 at 5:35 PM

We firmly reject the actions by those who abuse the universal right of free speech to hurt the religious beliefs of others

I told you a 1000 times and I’ll tell you one more 1000 times that the leftists are NEVER progressive nor liberal.

They are tyrannical thugs…yes, you Obama and Hillary, it all starts with you.

Schadenfreude on September 11, 2012 at 5:35 PM

Just think of it this way: the Egyptians are just reminding us how Muslims destroyed American property on 9/11.

MeatHeadinCA on September 11, 2012 at 5:36 PM

Obama = Carter

Carter was a bumbling fool on foreign policy.

Obama is an active/avid destroyer of all things American. He loves his brothers over there a lot.

Schadenfreude on September 11, 2012 at 5:36 PM

Jummah Day at the DNC.

bayview on September 11, 2012 at 5:37 PM

I hope this is just a case of saying something stupid and insincere in an effort to protect embassy staff.

Christien on September 11, 2012 at 5:37 PM

O spawned this Egypt mess by abandoning our friend Mubarik. O, with Hussein as his middle name, raised in a muslim country by a muslim stepfather, who ‘misspoke’ in saying “my muslim faith,” has encouraged the radical “peaceful” muslims to take root around the world, and O was the biggest supporter of putting a huge mosque a block from ground zero. On today, 9/11, we should make remembrance of that. And in terms of the campaign, somehow we have to figure out how to connect the dots and let the people know about O’s encouragement of mosques and radical muslims at home and abroad, because on this issue we win.

anotherJoe on September 11, 2012 at 5:37 PM

There’s only one way to deal with violence.

darwin on September 11, 2012 at 5:37 PM

First one over the wall should have got a 7.62 in his head.

warren on September 11, 2012 at 5:29 PM

..I think the marines carry the M-4 which expel 5.56 — although there might be some DMs on staff, in which case you would be correct.

In any event, a lot of “lead to the head” would be the order of the day.

The War Planner on September 11, 2012 at 5:38 PM

America had better figure out what it stands for, and then have the guts to back it up with a strong arm or else we will soon enter a period of time in which we can no longer determine outcomes, but rather be tossed to and fro between powers not hindered by naval gazing and self defeating introspection.

Weight of Glory on September 11, 2012 at 5:33 PM

Well, most of us know what we stand for, it’s the idiot in the White House who’s clueless.

JPeterman on September 11, 2012 at 5:38 PM

I hope this is just a case of saying something stupid and insincere in an effort to protect embassy staff.

Christien on September 11, 2012 at 5:37 PM

Reports say the embassy staff were not there. They had advance notice of the “demonstration” and the embassy had been emptied before the mobs arrived.

AZCoyote on September 11, 2012 at 5:39 PM

the new aesthetic on September 11, 2012 at 5:34 PM

MeatHeadinCA on September 11, 2012 at 5:36 PM

+1. That much is obvious and undeniable.

Christien on September 11, 2012 at 5:39 PM

Egyptian Muslims celebrating 9/11 by reenacting the storming of the US embassy in Tehran?

Looks like there may have been a similar celebration in Libya.

Anyone think the day they picked is a coincidence?

farsighted on September 11, 2012 at 5:39 PM

The statement from the embassy is precisely the mentality they’re trying to cultivate.

And with Barry’s “Smart Diplomacy” – they’ll succeed.

GarandFan on September 11, 2012 at 5:40 PM

AZCoyote on September 11, 2012 at 5:39 PM

I know. I meant from subsequent attack.

Christien on September 11, 2012 at 5:40 PM

Was that Ann Patterson that said that? Gawd!

jake49 on September 11, 2012 at 5:40 PM

So when Barry called people of faith “bitter clingers,” the government issued a stern rebuttal against him for offending their beliefs. Right? RIGHT? How about the boos against “God” at the Socialist/Communist Abortionfare?

You people really think you’re going to win the election?

RobertMN on September 11, 2012 at 5:41 PM

All that’s missing is a call for criminal penalties, but that’s less important to the anti-blasphemy bloc than western officials groveling to their sensibilities. Mission accomplished.

Fluke Obama, Hillary and the Islamists, not in a good way.

p.s. anyone can say/do anyting against Christians.

Schadenfreude on September 11, 2012 at 5:41 PM

Combine all the embassy attacks today with the Empty Chair’s refusal to meet with Netanyahu, it is no wonder the Middle East no longer fears us, just see us as the joke Obama has made us. Actually, not meeting with Netanyahu may well strengthen him at home in Israel, so a possible silver lining. No matter, Obama continues his assault on the country he hates the most, and it’s not Israel.

TXUS on September 11, 2012 at 5:41 PM

Just nuke those bastards all the way back to their 72 f*cken virgins.

It’s long overdue to turn that armit of the world into glass. Civilians will die but it has to be done.

The rest of the world will thank us.

NapaConservative on September 11, 2012 at 5:41 PM

If we reelect Obama We’re going over a fiscal cliff and Israel is toast and it will all happen over the next four yearsSaudi Arabia will be gone too. China and the Middle East will be fighting over the spoils.

ldbgcoleman on September 11, 2012 at 5:42 PM

The only reason these Islamic vermin sack our embassies and consulates is because we’ll do nothing about it. This Administration won’t even pressure the leaders of those countries to better protect them and our people.

Liam on September 11, 2012 at 5:42 PM

We firmly reject the actions by those who abuse the universal right of free speech to hurt the religious beliefs of others

What about rejecting the actions by those who “abuse” their universal right of free speech by tearing down and burning the US flag at our embassy hurting our patriotic beliefs on such a sacred day of rememberance?

weaselyone on September 11, 2012 at 5:43 PM

Obama will have to pray & fast twice as much on Ramadan now.

portlandon on September 11, 2012 at 5:43 PM

Well I’m feeling pretty safe.

Bishop on September 11, 2012 at 5:43 PM

If I’m president they don’t get close to where they were.

Schadenfreude on September 11, 2012 at 5:44 PM

we cannot cede on freedom of speech.

nathor on September 11, 2012 at 5:45 PM

We’re funding this stuff by direct aid to governments in the Muslim world, and through the purchase of their oil.

Maybe we should stop paying people who want to destroy us.

MessesWithTexas on September 11, 2012 at 5:45 PM

portlandon on September 11, 2012 at 5:43 PM

Heh…

d1carter on September 11, 2012 at 5:46 PM

Maybe in Novemember Islam will be more pleased with Republican dhimmihood than Democrat dhimmihood. At least W sang the praises of Islam on a monthly basis to show you were doing your best at submission. Obama hardly tells us how beautiful Islam is at all and you get days like today. Instead of reflecting on 9/11 and thinking of ways to help the oppressed Muslims of America, you are forced to come up with apologies for insulting them.

BL@KBIRD on September 11, 2012 at 5:46 PM

9/11 = dog whistle

pambi on September 11, 2012 at 5:46 PM

God keep those poor Embassy folks in the palm of His hand, including my fellow Jarheads, who may not be allowed to defend themselves and those in their care ~ who knows what the orders are and I shudder to ask.

tree hugging sister on September 11, 2012 at 5:47 PM

[cross posting]

Respect for religious beliefs is a cornerstone of American democracy.

No it isn’t. One factor of American democracy is respecting a person’s right to practice his or her religion as he or she chooses to practice it, within reasonable boundaries set by Christianity. Respecting the religious belief itself isn’t required. And that particular twisting of the idea opens the door to denying a person’s religious practices simply because they aren’t “respectable” — it implies some subjective decision has to be made. Within boundaries, Americans don’t think we can deny a practice at all, whether we find it respectable or not.

We firmly reject the actions by those who abuse the universal right of free speech to hurt the religious beliefs of other

And that bit is just scary. It is sort of pure. Since “hurt the religious beliefs of others” makes no sense at all (unless it’s inadvertently ironic), it has to mean speech is unacceptable that “hurts the feelings of people with a particular religious belief” — and things like that shouldn’t come from any American ambassador’s metaphorical or literal mouth. If it’s the opinion of the United States government that we are not free to find fault in religious belief, we might as well stop pretending.

I think we need to firmly reject that statement.

AZfederalist on September 11, 2012 at 3:24 PM

Axe on September 11, 2012 at 4:53 PM

Axe on September 11, 2012 at 5:47 PM

I understand they have orders about the rules of engagement. For me the first MFR that touched the flag would be sending a message of death to anyone else with the same bravado. The Jews in the U.S. better wake up and realize that the Dems here will back anyone against Israel.The Embassy actually APOLOGIZED! Pussies.

faol on September 11, 2012 at 5:48 PM

The embassy is just following the example set by our great leader and world apology tour frontman Obama.

Sterling Holobyte on September 11, 2012 at 5:49 PM

One should respect religions, including Islam.

But I wonder if the feds will issue anything like this the next time some artist puts a crucifix in urine?

IlikedAUH2O on September 11, 2012 at 5:49 PM

When asked to comment, Muslim Brotherhood Sr. Attache to the U.S. Huma Wiener Abedin was witnessed to say “YES” while fist pumping! When asked to elaborate she said, “What you talkin bout Willis?”

God Bless America!

paratisi on September 11, 2012 at 5:50 PM

If speech is illegitimate because it offends religious sensibilities, then we’re on the doorstep of yelling “blasphemy…”

But only if it offends Muslim sensibilities. Other religions are fair game for offensive speech. Islam is special. It must be appeased. Else Muslims get violent and start killing people.

farsighted on September 11, 2012 at 5:50 PM

Did the person in the Embassy write the letter or did the WH send him what to Write? Either way it speaks volumes about our current leaders losers.

DDay on September 11, 2012 at 5:51 PM

leave the middle east and bomb them with cartoons until their heads explode!

nathor on September 11, 2012 at 5:51 PM

Obama loves these hot flaires. They’re all distractions from the economic and other disasters that he is.

Schadenfreude on September 11, 2012 at 5:31 PM

Haven’t you heard? We’re better off now than we were four years ago.

Axe on September 11, 2012 at 5:51 PM

tree hugging sister on September 11, 2012 at 5:47 PM

Thank you.

Christien on September 11, 2012 at 5:51 PM

An official apology is certainly good for another $1 billion in foreign aid increased debt indiscriminately assigned to the American taxpayer.

Dr. ZhivBlago on September 11, 2012 at 5:52 PM

Obama = Carter

Blake on September 11, 2012 at 5:24 PM

He couldn’t carry Carter’s depends.

msupertas on September 11, 2012 at 5:52 PM

Good thing they’re not a bunch of secularists over there. Otherwise things might get ugly.

Dan_Yul on September 11, 2012 at 5:52 PM

What about rejecting the actions by those who “abuse” their universal right of free speech by tearing down and burning the US flag at our embassy hurting our patriotic beliefs on such a sacred day of rememberance?

weaselyone on September 11, 2012 at 5:43 PM

Are you white?
Are you a legal American citizen?
Are you Christian?
Are you a member of the U.S. military or a supporter of the U.S. military?

If you answered YES to any one of those questions, …then you don’t count.

Sterling Holobyte on September 11, 2012 at 5:53 PM

So when Barry called people of faith “bitter clingers,” the government issued a stern rebuttal against him for offending their beliefs. Right? RIGHT? How about the boos against “God” at the Socialist/Communist Abortionfare?

You people really think you’re going to win the election?

RobertMN on September 11, 2012 at 5:41 PM

Well, the concern trolls around here would have us think they do, but reality seems to be pointing in another direction.

squint on September 11, 2012 at 5:54 PM

They apologized – SERIOUSLY?

gophergirl on September 11, 2012 at 5:55 PM

Has Mitt spoken out on the beautiful mysteries of Islam yet? It may stop a cranky ‘Slum from exercising a righteous grievance down the road. An increase in Tribute payments would be a nice gesture.

BL@KBIRD on September 11, 2012 at 5:55 PM

I’ve notified all extended family members that if they vote for this Socialist Freak Show, they’re out of the will. i-Phone evidence required. Pass the word.

RobertMN on September 11, 2012 at 5:55 PM

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