Here in America, we possess a right to speak freely. It is a right that we have treated with the utmost reverence. All of us, regardless of our economic station, religion, race or political affiliation, have learned to be peacefully tolerant of those who would say the most hateful things about us.
If there is anything in our history that truly sets us apart from the entire world and its history, it is our near fanatical commitment to preserving the right of each man and woman to speak freely; especially on matters that are religious and political in nature.
Now, according to Reuters, a government official from Pakistan has called for the killing of an American Citizen for speaking his mind within the confines of our borders. (see link below).
This is an outrage of monumental proportions. This is not a rogue terrorist or wayward religious cleric. This is a government official of a supposed friendly nation calling for a mob hit on an American.
Nakoula Basseley Nakoula is a really bad filmmaker. His point of view is warped and hateful. Indeed, most all of us would never in a million years defend this guy’s point of view. However, what we ALL must do is defend his right to express it.
Today, Nakoula Basseley Nakoula needs to become one of us. The threat leveled towards him must be considered a threat leveled at each of us personally.