Pop Quiz: U.S. Official, College Professor, or Advocate for Blasphemy Laws?

posted at 4:01 pm on September 26, 2012 by Mary Katharine Ham

These questions are all multiple choice. Who said it? A) U.S. government official, B) a blasphemy law advocate, or C) a college professor? Answers are hyperlinked below each question. Tell me how you did in comments. It’s trickier than it should be, unfortunately.

1. “It is frustrating. On the other hand, we [have a] government of laws and so we have to abide by those laws. My understanding is that he can be cited for public burning. But that’s the extent of the laws that we have available to us.”

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2. “Bacile’s movie is not the first to denigrate a religious figure, nor will it be the last. The Last Temptation of Christ was protested vigorously. The difference is that Bacile indirectly and inadvertently inflamed people half a world away, resulting in the deaths of U.S. Embassy personnel…While the First Amendment right to free expression is important, it is also important to remember that other countries and cultures do not have to understand or respect our right.”

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3. “Let me be clear. In a world faced with the menace of terrorism, the implications of not evolving a normative framework to respond to hate speech and other forms of incitement to hatred, discrimination, and violence, cannot and must not be ignored.”

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4. “We find them offensive, and we certainly understand why Muslims would find these images offensive. Anti-Muslim images are as unacceptable as anti-Semitic images, as anti-Christian images, or any other religious belief.”

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5. “We stand for religious freedom. And we reject the denigration of any religion — including Islam.”

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6. “Incidents like this clearly demonstrate the urgent need on the part of states to introduce adequate protection against acts of hate crimes, hate speech, discrimination, intimidation and coercion resulting from defamation and negative stereotyping of religions, and incitement to religious hatred, as well as denigration of venerated personalities.”

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7. “We insist that freedom of expression should not be abused to insult others or condescend on other cultures. This is the bottom line and we insist on this: dignity and honor are human rights.”

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8. “I also respect the right of freedom of speech. But of course freedom of speech is never absolute. It entails responsibility and judgment.”

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9. “We have to remember that our First Amendment values are not universal; they emerged contingently from our own political history, a set of cobbled-together compromises among political and ideological factions responding to localized events. As often happens, what starts out as a grudging political settlement has become, when challenged from abroad, a dogmatic principle to be imposed universally. Suddenly, the disparagement of other people and their beliefs is not an unfortunate fact but a positive good. It contributes to the “marketplace of ideas,” as though we would seriously admit that Nazis or terrorist fanatics might turn out to be right after all. Salman Rushdie recently claimed that bad ideas, “like vampires … die in the sunlight” rather than persist in a glamorized underground existence. But bad ideas never die: They are zombies, not vampires. Bad ideas like fascism, Communism, and white supremacy have roamed the countryside of many an open society.”

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10. “______ condemns the continuing efforts by misguided individuals to hurt the religious feelings of Muslims — as we condemn efforts to offend believers of all religions… 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.”

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11. “There is no justification for hate speech or incitement to violence. The right of free expression is not at stake here.”

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12. “The future must not belong to those who slander the prophet of Islam. But to be credible, those who condemn that slander must also condemn the hate we see in the images of Jesus Christ that are desecrated, or churches that are destroyed, or the Holocaust that is denied.”

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13. [A writer's mocking tweets about the Prophet Mohammad] “ha[ve] gone beyond the limits of what is acceptable in society.”

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libfreeordie?

Schadenfreude on September 26, 2012 at 4:03 PM

When in doubt, always mark “C” for Obama.

SirGawain on September 26, 2012 at 4:04 PM

Trick question. Obama is all three!

Ted Torgerson on September 26, 2012 at 4:04 PM

12. “The future must not belong to those who slander the prophet of Islam. But to be credible, those who condemn that slander must also condemn the hate we see in the images of Jesus Christ that are desecrated, or churches that are destroyed, or the Holocaust that is denied.”

Trick question. All 3.

lorien1973 on September 26, 2012 at 4:04 PM

0bama has violated his oath of office, and should be prosecuted for same.

Rebar on September 26, 2012 at 4:05 PM

Trick question. Obama is all three!

Ted Torgerson on September 26, 2012 at 4:04 PM

Schadenfreude on September 26, 2012 at 4:05 PM

#1 & #2 INO.
#3 – yep.

22044 on September 26, 2012 at 4:07 PM

All of the above! It’s Barack Kardashian Obama!

TarheelBen on September 26, 2012 at 4:07 PM

“The future must not belong to those who slander the prophet of Islam…” will remain my favorite to mock the oaf in chief.

It is simply incomprehensible that this ‘leads’ America, the land with the First Amendment.

More incredible is that the majority of the media, who thrive off of said amendment, eat his sh*t and mistake it for Beluga caviar. May they all suffocate from what they consume.

Schadenfreude on September 26, 2012 at 4:08 PM

Obama! Three great tastes in one not-so-great bar.

Lily on September 26, 2012 at 4:09 PM

Mocke Muhammed as much as possible.

Mock Ahmadinejad a lot.

Mock Obama the most. He is an oaf to the world.

Schadenfreude on September 26, 2012 at 4:11 PM

Raises hand,I didn’t understand the questions.

docflash on September 26, 2012 at 4:11 PM

Mock Muhammed

Schadenfreude on September 26, 2012 at 4:11 PM

A writer’s mocking tweets about the Prophet Mohammad] “ha[ve] gone beyond the limits of what is acceptable in society.”

It’s perfectly acceptable in my society, then again I’m not a sensitive liberal living in Manhattan and winding my way through the cocktail circuit.

Bishop on September 26, 2012 at 4:11 PM

Amazing, that a free country can produce so many disgusting, crawling, totalitarian creeps.

Valkyriepundit on September 26, 2012 at 4:11 PM

Free thinking.

Heh, free thinkers could never, ever, vote for Obama.

He doesn’t want free thinkers. He wants sheeple in modern day plantations, and he has plenty. His aim is to have way more, a supermajority.

Schadenfreude on September 26, 2012 at 4:13 PM

None of the above.
Correct answer would be a speaker pandering to his fears and demonstrating complete lack of understanding of the situation.

Obama you say ? Oh.

Jabberwock on September 26, 2012 at 4:13 PM

Amazing, that a free country can produce so many disgusting, crawling, totalitarian creeps.

Valkyriepundit on September 26, 2012 at 4:11 PM

It’s also sad that the once freest country on Earth has deteriorated so exponentially.

Schadenfreude on September 26, 2012 at 4:13 PM

I mastered trick questions long ago, MKH …

… about the same time I learned NO ONE hates the Constitution and the Bill of Rights more than an American liberal.

Counterpoint: A highly amusing link from Drudge

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-09-26/politico-s-paul-ryan-satire-the-joke-s-on-them.html

PolAgnostic on September 26, 2012 at 4:15 PM

Voltaire approves of all the mocking. Mock Obama the most. Mock him into oblivion, so as to not repeat such a hoax upon the land, and the world.

Schadenfreude on September 26, 2012 at 4:15 PM

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

And what about those who slander Jesus Christ? Must the future belong to them, dear leader?

Muslims say that Christ was merely a prophet, that he was not divine, that he was not crucified on the cross, and did not rise after his death. All these statements are slanderous to Christians, as they directly contradict fundamental Christian beliefs and the writings in the Holy Bible.

Will these Muslim teachings now be prohibited as “hate speech,” as anti-Christian slander, or as blasphemy against Christ? And if not, why not?

AZCoyote on September 26, 2012 at 4:16 PM

So…if I find any of this speech offensive what are my viable options?

Do I go with the position of the President and the U.N.?

Or, do I follow the law of the land in the United States, as set forth in our Constitution, and simply ignore the offensive speech, or, use MORE speech to counter it and, thus, try to persuade others with my own speech that theirs is offensive and, or, misguided?

Which one does a rational, reasonable, law abiding person, who is amply cognitive of the law and the rights of others, choose?

thatsafactjack on September 26, 2012 at 4:17 PM

The ANSWER to all of the above should be:

“I will not submit.”

Bruno Strozek on September 26, 2012 at 4:17 PM

Sorry… cognizant.

thatsafactjack on September 26, 2012 at 4:20 PM

Well, Ted T already said what I would have said about the trick question: Obama fits all 3 categories. I missed 4 questions confirmed and possibly more. I couldn’t tell how to categorize some of the speakers. It is very sad how far we’ve fallen.

jwolf on September 26, 2012 at 4:20 PM

U.S. Official?
Legally?

College Professor?
Affirmative Action Professor

Advocate for Blasphemy Laws?
It’s not like it’s free speech free speech

OTTO on September 26, 2012 at 4:21 PM

Ummmm…ahhhhh…ummmm…Nope. I got nothin.

timberline on September 26, 2012 at 4:21 PM

1 through 10 can all drop dead.

One man’s hate is another man’s truth. I think it’s hate speech to describe Israel as an apartheid state. Does that mean I get to slap some holier than thou, pretentious Left wing college professor up side the head if they refer to Israel in that manner?

ardenenoch on September 26, 2012 at 4:22 PM

And what about those who slander Jesus Christ?

AZCoyote on September 26, 2012 at 4:16 PM

They’ll be punished with government grants.

mankai on September 26, 2012 at 4:22 PM

I’ll take it for $500, Alex. Is it, “Who is The Manchurian President?”

kingsjester on September 26, 2012 at 4:23 PM

libfreeordie?

Schadenfreude on September 26, 2012 at 4:03 PM

…1st thing I thought too!…JugEars can be the other two…but he was a “guest lecturer” not a professor.

KOOLAID2 on September 26, 2012 at 4:23 PM

Which one does a rational, reasonable, law abiding person, who is amply cognitive of the law and the rights of others, choose?

thatsafactjack on September 26, 2012 at 4:17 PM

False premise as he is not interested in the US, her constitution, her laws. He wants to be king of the world.

Here is what is most offensive, or s/b

13. [A writer's mocking tweets about the Prophet Mohammad] “ha[ve] gone beyond the limits of what is acceptable in society.”

The moronic “I do what I please at all times” dares to treat the people of the world as idiotic plankton. If they let him, they deserve him.

Schadenfreude on September 26, 2012 at 4:24 PM

No wonder the right to free speech is the first amendment.

gwelf on September 26, 2012 at 4:25 PM

If we have another Civil War, our side will know exactly what targets to hit. College faculty lounges and any place that sports a wide variety of overpriced restaurants that brag about buying their produce from local farmers.

ardenenoch on September 26, 2012 at 4:26 PM

Liberals want the government to prevent citizens from hurting the feelings of people who stone homosexuals to death and mutilate women.

Go figure.

gwelf on September 26, 2012 at 4:26 PM

Ok, but when is the essay?

Bitter Clinger on September 26, 2012 at 4:27 PM

tafj, excellent comment on the Hollande thread. I answered you.

Schadenfreude on September 26, 2012 at 4:27 PM

This multicultural attitude has worked wonders in Europe!

/sarc

gwelf on September 26, 2012 at 4:27 PM

Newest chain of free enterprise convenience stores opening soon in Karachi:

Profit Mohammed

BigAlSouth on September 26, 2012 at 4:28 PM

Day by day, hour by hour, Jimmy Carter learns to walk with his head held a little lighter, his heart a little more joyful and his conscience a little less burdened

Jimmy knows who has made that possible for him, for Jimmy Carter,Barack Insane Obama genuinely has become a messiah of sorts, Jimmy knows that history will no longer record him as the most imbecilic, incompetent and destructive individual to ever take up residence at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.

For this, Jimmy Carter is genuinely thankful…

SWalker on September 26, 2012 at 4:29 PM

For this, Jimmy Carter is genuinely thankful…

SWalker on September 26, 2012 at 4:29 PM

Obama is doing wonders for the Bush legacy too.

gwelf on September 26, 2012 at 4:30 PM

Islam: Respect our religion… or else.

Yakko77 on September 26, 2012 at 4:32 PM

“We stand for religious freedom. And we reject the denigration of any religion — including Islam.”

But we will force the Catholic Church to violate its tenets and subsidize contraceptives.

rbj on September 26, 2012 at 4:32 PM

Trick question. Obama is all three!

Ted Torgerson on September 26, 2012 at 4:04 PM

Heh… my first reaction was exactly that, almost verbatim :D

Mr. Prodigy on September 26, 2012 at 4:32 PM

Meanwhile , here is a cartoon representing another viewpoint of this darn youtube trailor , from…….Pakistan

http://dawn.com/2012/09/24/cartoon-24-september-2012/
This comment says it all :

Perfect description of the film. It didn’t even deserve to be called a film. Rightly flushed by the entire world but thanks to the fundamentalist Muslims’ response that made it a blockbuster. It was a shame on film-making profession, yet our bearded brigade (at the behest of uniformed loons) seized the opportunity to make the most of it.
Kudos to Paki Molvies and Faojees

burrata on September 26, 2012 at 4:33 PM

Where were all these college professors, governmental officials and anti-blasphemy advocates when Catholicism, Christianity as a whole, Judaism and the Mormon faith were under attack?

Why was it permissible to bash Jesus, but not Mohammed? Why is it so bad to burn a Koran yet our government burned thousands of Bibles in Afghanistan?

bw222 on September 26, 2012 at 4:35 PM

Egypt fights cartoons with cartoons.

Schadenfreude on September 26, 2012 at 4:38 PM

But we will force the Catholic Church to violate its tenets and subsidize contraceptives.

But if we riot, they’ll withdraw the mandate? Or arrest us for rioting, as they should?

This is insanity. It’s not about anything but appeasement and enabling of a class of “oppressed” people (code word for “ignorant” and “violent” — but not of their own fault) whom the Left has decided to “take care of” with special “privileges” (bias) to secure political power. Munchausen’s Syndrome By Proxy. It’s an illness.

RobertMN on September 26, 2012 at 4:40 PM

How many days later? And anyone believes a word the WH says?

Schadenfreude on September 26, 2012 at 4:40 PM

Newest chain of free enterprise convenience stores opening soon in Karachi:

Profit Mohammed

BigAlSouth on September 26, 2012 at 4:28 PM

1)Slurpees
2)Mohammed
3)Profit?

OTTO on September 26, 2012 at 4:41 PM

3. “Let me be clear. In a world faced with the menace of terrorism, the implications of not evolving a normative framework to respond to hate speech and other forms of incitement to hatred, discrimination, and violence, cannot and must not be ignored.”

too easy! that’s BHO

ted c on September 26, 2012 at 4:43 PM

The brotherhood

Schadenfreude on September 26, 2012 at 4:43 PM

The Commie and his filth will tag this as protecting all religions. He’s quite a guy. But his true purpose has nothing to do with religion. It has everything to do with ThoughtControl.

If this filthy Commie is re-elected, it is the end of America, as we know it.

The future is cattle, mooing in the fields while they wait to vote for The Commie.

The future is a filthy majority, who crave the embrace of the State.

The future is a majority, who love control.

The future is dictatorship.

OhEssYouCowboys on September 26, 2012 at 4:45 PM

Gallup Poll: U.S. distrust in media hits new high, quick, someone call Captain Renualt.

SWalker on September 26, 2012 at 4:40 PM

And still Gallup, just like the entire rest of the Fifth Column Treasonous Media are utterly incapable of understanding how or why this has come to pass.

“The press should be not only a collective propagandist and a collective agitator, but also a collective organizer of the masses”

-Vladimir Lenin

I’m on a Lenin kick lately.
It seems that everything the boy king says, does, or is involved with can be neatly encapsulated by a Lenin quote.
Almost too easy.

OTTO on September 26, 2012 at 4:47 PM

Schadenfreude on September 26, 2012 at 4:24 PM

While I agree that he did, and may still, desire to become the First Secretary General of the New Global Governance, I believe that the has shattered the opportunity he once had to gratify that ambition with his own ineptitude and weakness.

NO ONE will trust him, now. Not the west, and not even the Muslim world.

He has proven himself, as you have deftly pointed out innumerable times, to be completely untrustworthy to all and sundry, whether they ultimately stand in the way of some ambition of his, or not. Look to the Czech Republic or Poland as only one example of such betrayal.

He has proven himself to be craven, even in the face of criticism, must less actual confrontation.

He is uxorious.

He has proven that he has no regard for those who work with him, or serve under his administration. Look to Ambassador Stevens and those who died with him.

He is a liar. Ask all those who believed his promises during his last campaign. Ask the allies he’s betrayed. Ask the people he’s cast aside in order to protect himself.

He is a thief in that we do not pay taxes as tribute that he may use to purchase friends. We pay taxes to provide for the defense and institutions necessary for this nation to exist and for the benefit of our citizens and legal immigrants.

He is weak and vain. He accepted the Nobel Peace Prize, for which he was nominated twelve days after his inauguration, for doing nothing more than making some campaign speeches. To paraphrase him ‘…now the oceans will begin to recede…and the Earth will begin to heal.’ simply because he’d been elected.

He has allowed the national economy to languish, and our people to remain unemployed, rather than admit that is policies, both foreign and domestic, were wrong.

I believe that he will serve one term as President and no more, just as Jimmy Carter before him. The world has seen him for what he is, and like Carter before him, all that remains to him is meddling, and carping about the work that others are actually doing.

He’d better enjoy counting the money he will doubtless make on the lecture tour and selling books, and endless rounds of golf, and the cocktail circuit, because I believe he’s finished himself, in terms of wielding any power in the world.

thatsafactjack on September 26, 2012 at 4:48 PM

So any guesses if that female shook hands with that jerk ?

:D
http://twitchy.com/2012/09/26/ballsy-move-egyptian-president-manhandles-himself-on-live-tv/

burrata on September 26, 2012 at 4:49 PM

thatsafactjack on September 26, 2012 at 4:48 PM

If he loses, I’ll frame your comment.

On him being uxorious, he is, to Valierie Jarrett and her father, and to the muzzies.

Schadenfreude on September 26, 2012 at 4:59 PM

So is part II of the quiz matching up the comments that contradict one another?

stukinIL4now on September 26, 2012 at 5:05 PM

Apparently, a whole of of Muslims in NYC want blasphemy laws too.

Urban Infidel on September 26, 2012 at 5:18 PM

Mock Muhammed

Schadenfreude on September 26, 2012 at 4:11 PM

I would never dream of mocking a lying, thieving, murdering, raping pedophile like Mohammed.

Nutstuyu on September 26, 2012 at 5:28 PM

I don’t recall all this gnashing of teeth among the intelligentsia on burning the U.S. flag and a flag-burning amendment. Though not my issue, there were such as President Bush 41, a WWII vet whose life experience led him to become terribly offended at the sight of the desecration of the flag. What single person on the left came out to say they understood how President Bush’s feelings, and how offensive that was?

Paul-Cincy on September 26, 2012 at 5:30 PM

Something must be wrong with my internet access. A bunch of the links are not of US government officials, college professors, or legal advocates- they are of anti-Constititution commies.

But, speaking of commies, why hasn’t the ACLU weighed in on the government not only “suggesting” YouTube remove a video a bunch of hyper-stupid Muslims find offensive but having the CJCS actually calling the producer to make the case to remove the video? I think that some significant Constitutional violations have occurred.

If only we made our public officials swear an oath to support the Constitution! Oh wait….

Seriously both whomever made that call to YouTube and the CJCS need to be held to account for not supporting the First Amendment.

Happy Nomad on September 26, 2012 at 5:34 PM

Apparently, a whole of of Muslims in NYC want blasphemy laws too.

Urban Infidel on September 26, 2012 at 5:18 PM

These the same folks who want a Muslim Victory Center within the debris field of the the WTC to celebrate what the religion of peace did on 9/11/01?

Speaking of which, where is CAIR in the middle of this idiocy? Isn’t this kind of thing sorta what they claim their organization does? Other than the funding terrorists I mean.

Happy Nomad on September 26, 2012 at 5:37 PM

There is some indication the the first religion was worshiping the mother earth goddess; so I have a question. If Blasphemy Laws protest the status quo does that mean that all religions are blasphemous to The Green Movement and their High Priest Al Gore?

meci on September 26, 2012 at 6:00 PM

Exactly how does one “slander” a 1,400-year old corpse anyway?

FlatFoot on September 26, 2012 at 6:14 PM

So now is it OK to beat up flag-burners? Or is that a hate crime against their free speech rights?

/so confused

Paul-Cincy on September 26, 2012 at 6:19 PM

Does the Koran mock anything? If so, it should be outlawed.

Buddahpundit on September 26, 2012 at 6:28 PM

Does the Koran mock anything? If so, it should be outlawed.

Buddahpundit on September 26, 2012 at 6:28 PM

The coran IS hate speech. The whole thing. It should not be outlawed however.

slickwillie2001 on September 26, 2012 at 6:53 PM

Good grief, we’re living in the Bizarro World, where offending someone with words is a worse crime than murdering people and blowing stuff up.

Baerwulf on September 26, 2012 at 7:00 PM

8 correct of 13, including all 5 cases where it was the U.S. official spouting the quisling line.

I’m still amazed at how many times someone is quoted as saying something similar to, “While the attacks against the U.S. are wrong, permitting hateful speech is worse”.

The Terrorist’s veto in action.

Shall we play a game?

Freelancer on September 27, 2012 at 1:18 AM

“I disagree with what you say, but I will defend with my life your right to say it.” Voltaire

LizardLips on September 27, 2012 at 4:53 AM

To anyone who thinks we should restrict our freedom of speech in order not to offend people who like to burn, pillage, and murder people who don’t submit to their religion:
F* YOU, AND THE PROPHET YOU RODE IN ON.
LAN ASTASLEM!

GWB on September 27, 2012 at 9:11 AM