I have spent some time this morning getting all of the facts surrounding the video that sparked deadly violence in Libya. I have seen the video and found it to be shockingly offensive, and so amateurish that I believe my six-year-old could do a better job.
I found that the makers of this film did so apparently without permits. Amy Lemisch, the director of the California Film Commission, which issues permits for films that shoot in the state, told the Huffington Post no permits were given.
Then I looked at the response from President Obama. I could find no fault in the president’s response so I looked further. The statement that angered the GOP came from the Embassy in Cairo. The full statement sent out by the embassy was published several hours before the attacks and it said:
U.S. Embassy Condemns Religious Incitement
September 11, 2012
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.
It is later stated that the embassy in Cairo set that statement out before consulting with Washington, but honestly, I don’t see where the embassy stated anything that is false or objectionable.
I cannot see any fault on the part of the Obama Administration in the aftermath of these events. The only fault I see are with the people associated with this despicable film.
The producer of the film using the pseudonym Sam Bacile. The consultant of the film (their fact checker) Steve Klein, and supporter of the film Pastor Terry Jones who publicly burned the Quran in protest over plans for an Islamic center near the site of the 9/11 attacks in New York, sparking Afghanistan riots that resulted in 20 deaths.
None of these individuals feel any responsibility for the violence that ensued due to their making of this blatantly insulting, untrue and provocative piece of fayu.
What I find almost as offensive as this film are the actions of Mitt Romney. He used this tragedy as an avenue to insight political controversy against the Obama administration. Using a tragedy like this to further your own political agenda in my opinion is no better ‘in spirit’ than the use of the video to incite a mob of angry Muslims to riot.
If Mitt Romney wants to aim his guns at someone, then he would be better off looking to the individuals responsible for creating the video that sparked the violence.
People in this country have seen first hand what religious extremist are capable of. What I want to know is how are the fanatical Muslim extremists or members of terrorist groups such as Al Qaeda any different from the so call ‘Christian’ fanatics who state that, “Islam is a cancer, period” and seek to destroy all muslims and eradicate the religion if Islam?
For the record, I am a Christian. I believe in and try to follow the teaching of Jesus Christ which DO NOT include intolerance of other beliefs.