Many of the protesters said they were doing it in response to a movie trailer that was aired on the internet advertising an anti-Islamic movie and insulting their prophet Mohammed. And that may be partly true. A video trailer of the movie "Innocence of Muslims" was being aired all over the Middle East in the days just before September 11th. The trailer had been out since July but was being publicized in the Middle East just before the anniversary of the 2001 attack on New York. Coincidence? I think not.
The Obama administration was quick to apologize (once again) for Americans and to let Islam know that his administration would not tolerate free speech when it came to Islam. Would not tolerate free speech.
The Presidential Oath of Office states "I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States." The first amendment to the Constitution guarantees all Americans freedom of speech. There is nothing in that amendment that says we have freedom of speech unless that speech upsets Islam. And yet President Obama and the Democrats are actually looking at the possibility of changing that amendment to outlaw criticism of Islam, under the guise of preventing criticism of any religion. They're doing this for three reasons in my opinion - 1) because Islam is near and dear to President Obama's heart. 2) Because since he's been in office President Obama has done whatever he could do to appease Islam. And 3) Because Islam is made up of many fanatics who kill people just for disagreeing with them or for criticizing their religion. (They also kill people for being Christians.)
Personally, I'm getting really tired of the President of the United States apologizing to Islam for anything and everything. I'm also very fearful of a President who would even entertain the idea of limiting free speech in the United States for fear of insulting anyone. One of the greatest freedoms we have is our freedom of speech. And while it certainly can be a cause of conflict, if the government takes it away America will no longer be America.
The violence that occurred in the Middle East last week was not caused by free speech. And contrary to the administration's initial statement (which they held on to for over a week), it was not about a video, either. It was caused by religious fanaticism and Islamic hatred of America. It was caused by people being intolerant of anyone who disagrees with them. And now our government wants to condemn the American right of free speech and possibly take it away. If we, as a nation, bow to that fanaticism and put restrictions on American rights to appease Islam, it will be the first step toward the destruction, or "fundamental change" of America as we know it. What's next after they take away our freedom of speech? They take away our guns? That is the second step toward a totalitarian government. Is that where our nation is headed?
In 2008, when he was campaigning for his first term, then Senator Obama kept talking about "fundamentally changing America." America is the greatest nation in the world and he took an oath to protect and defend her, not to "fundamentally change" her.
We as a nation need to rid ourselves of the President who wants to control all aspects of our lives. Obama supporters say Mitt Romney will be a terrible President. I disagree. At least Romney understands what the Constitution is about and why it needs to be defended. Mr. Obama just doesn't seem to get it. He makes his own rules. And those rules will destroy us if allowed to stand.