Tens of thousands of angry Muslims marched through Palestinian cities, burning the Danish flag and calling for vengeance Friday against European countries where caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad were published. In Washington, the State Department criticized the drawings, calling them "offensive to the beliefs of Muslims."Tolerance? Should we tolerate jihad as well? Or dare we not criticize the beliefs of our enemies for fear of offending them?
While recognizing the importance of freedom of the press and expression, State Department press officer Janelle Hironimus said these rights must be coupled with press responsibility.
"Inciting religious or ethnic hatred in this manner is not acceptable," Hironimus said. "We call for tolerance and respect for all communities and for their religious beliefs and practices." [AP]
Remember: the jihadists have called for the murder of people over these cartoons, yet according to Ms. Janelle Hironimus of our own State Department, it's the publishers who are guilty of inciting hatred. Could our government take a more vicious and contradictory stand?
There is only one answer to the jihad: humiliation and death. Rather then condemn those who exercise their rightful freedoms, it's high time the State Department recognize the real enemy.