We are gravely concerned that the exercise of free speech in America offends people in other countries. A badly made, amateurish movie offends the religious beliefs of some very vocal Muslims. The maker of that movie has been “questioned,” and there is an outcry as to how wrong it was to make that movie. We are at the very verge of limiting American’s free speech to protect the religious rights(?) or should I say demands of others. Their belief is that mere words or pictures demand vengeance.
On the other hand, in this country, those whose religious beliefs are in conflict with paying for abortions or birth control are told that their beliefs are not supportable. The Americans whose beliefs are minimized tend to rely on prayer as opposed to rocket propelled grenades and Molotov cocktails. They engage in vigils rather than riots.
I hope we aren’t teaching the world that violence is the more effective negotiating tool when dealing with us.