Really. That’s what the man said. Sort of.
But the president also suggested he disagreed with the satirical French newspaper that provoked deadly terrorist attacks last month by poking fun at Islam. He said people of faith are obligated “to condemn such insults,” and his comments offered a possible explanation for why he failed to attend the unity march in Paris with other world leaders in support of free speech after the attacks.
“If in fact we defend the legal right of a person to insult another’s religion, we’re equally obligated to use our free speech to condemn such insults and stand shoulder to shoulder with religious communities, particularly religious minorities who are targets of such attacks,” Mr. Obama said. “Just because you have the right to say something doesn’t mean the rest of us shouldn’t question those who would insult others in the name of free speech.”
This is just nonsense on stilts. There is no moral, legal,or ethical obligation to “condemn” anyone’s opinions. Our speech is a right to use pretty much as we please, wisely or not so much. What makes this lunacy worse is that the Obama administration has honored noted anti-religious groups by meeting with them at the White House. He has yet to say a single word about Christians who are being oppressed throughout the Islamic world and hanged in Iran. At home, the Obama administration has carried out a virtual jihad against the ability of religious people and organizations to practice their faith without government oversight.
More to the point, at no time in his tenure in the White House has Obama stood up and “condemned” insults against religion in general and Christianity in particular that are the stock-in-trade of assclowns like Richard Dawkins and Mickey Weinstein. And he’s not going to. Like the good little secular leftist that he is, he looks up Islam as some exotic, non-Western practice which should be honored, not criticized. He looks upon Christianity as his enemy. And that is the limit of his interest in condemning anyone who insults religion.