One of the following two statements is a “disgusting” bid to sympathize with and apologize to those who hate and attack America. It is an act of weakness.
The other, apparently, is nothing of the sort.
If you could explain to me the difference between the two, I would be deeply appreciative. Because I’ve read them over and over again and I confess I just do not get it.
“… the idea of using something that some people consider sacred and then parading that out a negative way is simply inappropriate and wrong. And I wish people wouldn’t do it. Of course, we have a First Amendment. And under the First Amendment, people are allowed to do what they feel they want to do. They have the right to do that, but it’s not right to do things that are of the nature of what was done by, apparently this film.”
“…. I think him making it, promoting it, showing it, is disrespectful to people of other faiths. I don’t think that should happen. I think people should have the common courtesy and judgment -– the good judgment -– not to be –- not to offend other peoples’ faiths. It’s a very bad thing, I think, this guy’s doing.”
– Mitt Romney
“The Embassy of the United States in Cairo condemns the continuing efforts by misguided individuals to hurt the religious feelings of Muslims – as we condemn efforts to offend believers of all religions. Today, the 11th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States, Americans are honoring our patriots and those who serve our nation as the fitting response to the enemies of democracy. Respect for religious beliefs is a cornerstone of American democracy. We firmly reject the actions by those who abuse the universal right of free speech to hurt the religious beliefs of others.”
– Jay Bookman