Where is Punishment for Film Inciting Violence?

To the Editor:
Sometimes I feel so alone. I was raised in an America where good people were taught responsibility. One does not yell “fire” in a crowded theater or place a burning cross on the lawn of an African-American.

Today these may be considered criminal incitements that would most likely cause me to appear before a judge.

It appears that someone in this country published such an incitement on the internet, something that caused loss of life.

Various media seemed say something to the effect that the action is regrettable, but freedom of speech is protected. Would these same people say that yelling “fire” in a crowded theater was also protected by freedom of speech?

From what I understand, the makers of movie defaming the prophet Mohammad anticipated the violent reactions. Isn’t this criminal? Am I alone in this?

Sincerely,
David M.
Seattle, WA

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