Obama: “The future must not belong to those who slander the prophet of Islam”

posted at 2:01 pm on September 25, 2012 by Erika Johnsen

President Obama addressed the General Assembly of the United Nations in New York on Tuesday morning, and while there were a few moments when he at least talked a good game on free speech, there were also moments that left much to be desired on that same front and on the real nature of the root causes of unrest in the Middle East.

Here are some key excerpts (you can read the full prepared remarks here):

But the attacks of the last two weeks are not simply an assault on America. They are also an assault on the very ideals upon which the United Nations was founded – the notion that people can resolve their differences peacefully; that diplomacy can take the place of war; and that in an interdependent world, all of us have a stake in working towards greater opportunity and security for our citizens.

If we are serious about upholding these ideals, it will not be enough to put more guards in front of an Embassy; or to put out statements of regret, and wait for the outrage to pass. If we are serious about those ideals, we must speak honestly about the deeper causes of this crisis. Because we face a choice between the forces that would drive us apart, and the hopes we hold in common.

Today, we must affirm that our future will be determined by people like Chris Stevens, and not by his killers. Today, we must declare that this violence and intolerance has no place among our United Nations.

So far, not bad. But then, for some reason, the president felt the need to bring in, criticize, and apologize for the YouTube video that we’re to believe was the catalyst that sparked these inexcusable recent events — even though, really, that video is not what any of this is or should be about at all, and I’m not really sure why it’s something the president feels the continual need to explain away.

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. It is an insult not only to Muslims, but to America as well – for as the city outside these walls makes clear, we are a country that has welcomed people of every race and religion. We are home to Muslims who worship across our country. We not only respect the freedom of religion – we have laws that protect individuals from being harmed because of how they look or what they believe. We understand why people take offense to this video because millions of our citizens are among them.

I know there are some who ask why we don’t just ban such a video. The answer is enshrined in our laws: our Constitution protects the right to practice free speech. Here in the United States, countless publications provoke offense. Like me, the majority of Americans are Christian, and yet we do not ban blasphemy against our most sacred beliefs. Moreover, as President of our country, and Commander-in-Chief of our military, I accept that people are going to call me awful things every day, and I will always defend their right to do so. Americans have fought and died around the globe to protect the right of all people to express their views – even views that we disagree with.

Again, not a bad rundown of our free-speech values, but if we believe that all people have a right to express their views, even ones with which we disagree, why are we still talking about this dumb video? The video is not the point. The Obama administration has already had to revise their original version of the chaos in Libya and labeled it as the terrorism that it was, but President Obama conspicuously failed to mention terrorism in relation to Libya in his speech. Why do I feel like this was a speech designed to sound so-so on promoting our American values but simultaneously pander to the people who would criticize us for them? There was an opportunity for a real display of strength and courage here in the wake of all of this unacceptable violence, and the president declined to take it.

Here’s a reaction from former UN Ambassador John Bolton:

 


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Rocks on September 25, 2012 at 3:22 PM

 
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lester on September 25, 2012 at 3:34 PM

 
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Well done. Strong math skills as always.
 
2%
 

At one point, I was confused about this as well.

 
Obama 2012!!/!

rogerb on September 25, 2012 at 11:01 PM

Just getting a chance to check in. Did Obama really say that? That sounds like speech that is meant to incite people. And by the way, how does he define slander in this statement? And surely he did not really compare this silly youtube video to the holocaust?

Ellis on September 25, 2012 at 11:07 PM

WWmB?

Who Would mohammed Behead?

wildcat72 on September 25, 2012 at 10:54 PM

With any luck he’d swing, miss, and chop his own damnable head off.

Midas on September 25, 2012 at 10:55 PM

Agreed. Anyone sick enough to marry a 6 year old and bed her at 9 probably was defective enough to not be so good at aiming a sword.

wildcat72 on September 25, 2012 at 11:08 PM

Guns and rocket launchers will break your bones,
But words will never hurt you.

mike_NC9 on September 25, 2012 at 8:40 PM

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Is the pen no longer mightier than the sword?

listens2glenn on September 25, 2012 at 11:22 PM

“The future must not belong to those who slander the prophet of Islam”

He’s not only crooked,a racist and a demagogue but also stupid!

MaiDee on September 25, 2012 at 11:30 PM

‎”Strange it is, that men should admit the validity of the arguments for free discussion, but object to their being ‘pushed to an extreme;’ not seeing that unless the reasons are good for an extreme case, they are not good for any case.”
Mill

dgarone on September 26, 2012 at 12:10 AM

This certainly opens up the question of what counts as slandering the prophet of Islam.

J.E. Dyer on September 26, 2012 at 12:24 AM

Obamateurism?

Obama garbles U.S. history in human trafficking speech
http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2012/sep/25/obama-garbles-us-history-human-trafficking-speech/

“With the advance of Union forces, it brought a new day — that all persons held as slaves would thenceforth be forever free,” Mr. Obama said.

Actually, the Emancipation Proclamation freed slaves in 10 Southern states who were, at the time, mostly beyond the control of the federal government. And the document didn’t free an estimated 500,000 slaves in four slave-holding border states — Missouri, Kentucky, Maryland and Delaware — that were loyal to the Union. Slavery was ended in those states by various state and federal actions later on.

Southern by choice22 on September 26, 2012 at 12:37 AM

Will some one post a pdf of permitted thoughts?

Thanks.

Ted Torgerson on September 26, 2012 at 1:06 AM

Southern by choice22 on September 26, 2012 at 12:37 AM

Not hard for the half-white to get wrong since his black-half had no history in slavery unless it was to outrun the slave traders in Kenya or more likely participated in the slave trade. Just saying.

AH_C on September 26, 2012 at 4:52 AM

Not hard for the half-white to get wrong since his black-half had no history in slavery unless it was to outrun the slave traders in Kenya or more likely participated in the slave trade. Just saying.

AH_C on September 26, 2012 at 4:52 AM

More recently..
O’s commie white half and commie black half got busy. The apple fell right next to the tree.

BoxHead1 on September 26, 2012 at 5:08 AM

What rights would Obama uphold? Answer: the convenient ones.

This nation is no place for summer soldiers or fair weather patriots.

The White House is no place for a person who will uphold our rights until it’s no longer easy.

Chaz706 on September 26, 2012 at 5:30 AM

I can’t really get too upset about that one line — it’s clearly just another one of the meaningless false dichotomies he uses all the time in his speeches. It’s just another pointless piece of fluff coming from a person who has never said anything solid or meaningful in his life.

Count to 10 on September 26, 2012 at 6:09 AM

Like me, the majority of Americans are Christian

Wrong, & wrong.

You, as well as the majority of Americans, are CINOs.

itsnotaboutme on September 26, 2012 at 6:30 AM

Like me

Christians don’t celebrate unhealthy, sinful lifestyles like homosexuality.
Christians don’t support abortion.
Christians are not habitual liars.

itsnotaboutme on September 26, 2012 at 6:33 AM

My take.

kingsjester on September 26, 2012 at 6:36 AM

the majority of Americans are Christian

Then how did you get elected?
How is it that wickedness is so prevalent in our TV movie screens?
How is it that we kill millions of our kids?
How is it that we spend more on make-up than on missions?
This is not a Christian nation.

itsnotaboutme on September 26, 2012 at 6:36 AM

“like me, a majority of Americans are Christians (for now).”

Sorry President Disgrace but you were the only State Senator in Illinois that FOUGHT giving medical help to a helpless survivor of a botched attempt to tear it limb from limb or burn it alive.

Stop and think of the eternal consequences of an advocate for the murder of millions that will take place worldwide that will take place on his watch.

Chilling.

PappyD61 on September 26, 2012 at 7:04 AM

The rumors on mohammend marrying a 6 year old and bedding her at 9 are false. He married her at 5 but unfortunately she had not had her genitals removed yet and had shown her face and legs one time while going outside to kill a chicken for dinner. She was stoned to death in a magnificent honor killing worthy a front page coverage at the time.

Of course, none of the women could read since they aren’t educated, can’t vote, can’t ride a camel and are too busy cooking and cleaning after their men.

mohammed went on to marry 7 women, 4 goats, 2 dogs and his beloved camel. He was truly a legend around the village.

acyl72 on September 26, 2012 at 7:20 AM

One dollar, Mortimer.

tdarrington on September 26, 2012 at 7:59 AM

Wish I had time to read this thread. I bet it’s interesting.
I cannot believe how much Obama hates Americans.
It is appalling.
This man is the most vile POS I have ever seen.
Where has the outrage been from him over the insults to Christianity & Jesus Christ?
This man is not a Christian & if he isn’t a muslim, he’s a damned closet muslim.
I don’t think he really is a muslim bcs he’s too narcissistic to worship anything other than himself.
But it’s more than obvious who he stands with.
This man becomes our enemy more & more every day.

Badger40 on September 26, 2012 at 8:13 AM

President Sty Candy oinks his way through another UN assembly of porkers.

viking01 on September 26, 2012 at 8:17 AM

1.2 billion.
Hollowpoint.
Unusable against foreign enemies.
Equivalent to 20 years of Iraq level shooting war.
Most military men and women in the Continental United States of America are not issued weapons, they have to check them out a bunker.

astonerii on September 26, 2012 at 8:27 AM

The future must not belong to those corrupt few who steal a country’s resources – it must be won by the students and entrepreneurs; workers and business owners who seek a broader prosperity for all people. Those are the women and men that America stands with; theirs is the vision we will support.

D-fusit on September 25, 2012 at 2:28 PM

This is straight out of the Communist playbook.
I’ve read quite a lot of communist propaganda literature over the last many years.
This is & was their standard fare.

Badger40 on September 26, 2012 at 8:37 AM

Obysmal’s words hearken the scene in Caberet, where the Hitler Youth are singing “Tomorrow Belongs To Me.”

onlineanalyst on September 26, 2012 at 8:46 AM

Sounds to me like the empty chair said people who slander the prophet don’t have a future. Hmmmm, did he just say kill all infidels? 41Days!

Kissmygrits on September 26, 2012 at 9:13 AM

Considering that most Americans could give a Rat’s A** about “slandering the prophet of Islam?”

clippermiami on September 26, 2012 at 9:33 AM

Sounds to me like the empty chair said people who slander the prophet don’t have a future. Hmmmm, did he just say kill all infidels? 41Days!

Kissmygrits on September 26, 2012 at 9:13 AM

I agree.

Repeating what I said back on comment page 3

Obama: “The future must not belong to those who slander the prophet of Islam”

“Those who slander the prophet of Islam must not belong to the future”

“Behead all those who insult the prophet”

ITguy on September 26, 2012 at 9:36 AM

When Obama was sworn in as pResident, he did not swear an oath to support and defend the “prophet” of Islam… he swore an oath to support and defend the Constitution of the United States.

And since he has chosen the former over the latter, it is time for the electorate to remove him from his duties.

ITguy on September 26, 2012 at 9:38 AM

Slander the prophet of Islam? Last time I checked, there wasn’t any verbiage like that in the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, the Federalist papers, anything. If anything, we need to realize that the Constitution repudiates Sharia law and what Islam as a government stands for.

So I say to you, Mr. President. WTF?

Tennman on September 26, 2012 at 9:57 AM

Erika, rather weak on your part. Obama says what he does due to an unhealthy respect, at the least, for islam. Now if only he would hold the same tolerance towards Christians & Catholics in America.
Ooops, I almost typed his own country, but that’s not the case is it ?

arand on September 26, 2012 at 10:19 AM

i vote for mitt

losarkos on September 26, 2012 at 10:22 AM

Obama: “The future must not belong to those who slander the prophet of Islam”

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The future WILL NOT … belong to those who reject Jesus as Lord and Savior.

listens2glenn on September 26, 2012 at 10:45 AM

HA does not want us to talk about this?

TerryW on September 26, 2012 at 10:47 AM

Or the web site is just having problems with so many comments?

TerryW on September 26, 2012 at 10:48 AM

“The future must not belong to those who slander the prophet of Islam”

Just the opposite must be true. Free thinking sensible people everywhere must work at eventually making this horribly intolerant and violent “religion” essentially extinct, and what helps this happen is a lot of ridicule and mockery of this obvious fraud of a “prophet” and his appeal to the worst devils of our nature.

The future belongs either to free speaking men & women or to the violent mind dead zombies of Islam.

Chessplayer on September 26, 2012 at 11:09 AM

Hey, I totally didn’t mean to slander the lying, thieving, murdering, raping, pedophile Mohammed.

Nutstuyu on September 26, 2012 at 1:14 PM

Muck Fislam!

annoyinglittletwerp on September 25, 2012 at 2:06 PM

I think you meant Muck Fohammed.

And Buck Farack while we’re at it.

Nutstuyu on September 26, 2012 at 1:19 PM

Just in case anyone forgets….
……….this is how Obama talks about Americans who disagree with him:

Obama: ‘If They Bring a Knife to the Fight, We Bring a Gun’
Obama’s turnout pitch to Latinos: Get out there and punish your “enemies”
…….

Obama: ‘If They Bring a Knife to the Fight, We Bring a Gun’
We’re gonna punish our enemies and we’re gonna reward our friends who stand with us on issues that are important to us,’
“I won’t you to argue with them and get in their face”
…and this is how he talks to the muslim radicals that have killed thousands and thousands of Americans in the name of Allah:

‘THE FUTURE MUST NOT BELONG TO THOSE WHO SLANDER THE PROPHET OF ISLAM’…

How can we get these on a billboard?

Nutstuyu on September 26, 2012 at 1:21 PM

So I say to you, Mr. President. WTF? STFU!

Tennman on September 26, 2012 at 9:57 AM

FIFY

profitsbeard on September 26, 2012 at 8:12 PM

It’s actually ironic that Obama compares slandering Mohammad/Jesus Christ to denying the Holocaust existed. Jews obviously have no red buttons on religious issues. You can denigrate their prophets and holy writings all you want, they won’t be insulted.

But deny the Holocaust existed – and they get upset. Maybe that has to do with the fact that, for some reason, most people who do so also call for a new Holocaust.

Phoenician on September 26, 2012 at 9:03 PM

I read on a fire extinguisher in Singapore recently “…Obama blows goats”…maybe he is taking over Jason Mays’ legacy…just sayin…

OldWeaselKeeper on September 27, 2012 at 8:45 PM

What the hell did the American people do to deserve this assclown as our president?

Oh yeah…we voted for him.

Charlie Manson would be a better choice.

leereyno on September 28, 2012 at 6:48 AM

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