President Obama paid tribute to the four Americans slain this week in Libya and again tried to tamp down anti-American anger around the globe in his weekly radio address on Saturday.
“I have made it clear that the United States has a profound respect for people of all faiths. We stand for religious freedom. And we reject the denigration of any religion — including Islam,” the president said in the prerecorded remarks.
Mr. Obama again vowed justice for the four Americans killed Tuesday in Libya — Glen Doherty, Tyrone Woods, Sean Smith and U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens.
I wonder if Obama would apply this standard to his supporters, including many in the homosexual community, who have denigrated Mormonism during this campaign against Mitt Romney who is a Mormon?
But that aside, the bar Obama is setting is no criticism for religion. Which is ridiculous. Christianity is the target of criticism all the time, some of it fair and much of it unfair. Christopher Hitchens was famous for his critiques of religion in general (his book, God Is Not Great, is a favorite of mine), and noted Obama supporter Bill Maher made a film denigrating religion called Religulous.
Under Obama’s standard, that book couldn’t be published. That film couldn’t be made.
There are a lot of very strong opinions about religion out there, and the 1st amendment gives us the right to hold and express those opinions. President Obama, unfortunately, doesn’t have a lot of faith in the 1st amendment.
Here’s the address: