A lot of troubling things have happened over the past week.
We already know that there was bloodshed in Libya, and that there may still be blood spilled in Cairo.
But beyond the actual incidents of physical violence, great violence has been done to the American psyche by both foreign vigilantes and our own citizens whose initial impulse is to always, and consistently, give the benefit of the doubt to our enemies.
In the hours leading up to the attack in Cairo, the State Department issued a communiqué on its website which I noted here, that essentially cautioned against exercising the First Amendment. The operative words were:
We firmly reject the actions by those who abuse the universal right of free speech to hurt the religious beliefs of others.
So Americans and others who find radical Islam to be offensive are warned to censor themselves, for fear of hurting the ‘religious beliefs’ of others.
And if that weren’t bad enough, we now have media types suggesting that the Justice Department should look into the film that sparked this horrible cascade of events in North Africa to see whether it constitutes a ‘hate crime’ and could be prosecuted.
Regardless of how you feel about someone’s views on Islam (or Catholicism, or Judaism, or Voodo, for that matter) no US tax dollars should be used to prosecute someone because they've exercised their First Amendment rights.
I’ll take James Madison’s view on the topic over Eric Holder’s any day.