During the early stages of rioting and flag burning, a spokesman for the embassy in Egypt stated that they “condemn the continuing efforts by misguided individuals to hurt the religious feelings of Muslims – as we condemn efforts to offend believers of all religions. 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." Secretary Clinton later wrote, "The United States deplores any intentional effort to denigrate the religious beliefs of others. Our commitment to religious tolerance goes back to the very beginning of our nation. But let me be clear: There is never any justification for violent acts of this kind."
Candidate Romney, incensed by the violence and angry at the Democratic administration on Wednesday morning stated, "I think it is a terrible course for America to stand in apology for our values. That instead, when our grounds are being attacked and being breached, that the first response of the United States must be outrage at the breach of the sovereignty of our nation. And apology for America's values is never the right course. The fact that the statement came from the American embassy in Egypt, not from the president himself, doesn't negate Obama's responsibility." Romney, while outraged, spoke out against the American administration saying, "It's disgraceful that the Obama administration's first response was not to condemn attacks on our diplomatic missions, but to sympathize with those who waged the attacks.” Romney feels that when an embassy under attack “deplores any intentional effort to denigrate the religious beliefs of others,” the administration is apologizing for the basic American right for free speech.
While we appreciate Romney describing what his course of action would have been were he president, we have to wonder at a major political figure being so transfixed by a coming election as to speak out of frustration and political expedience.
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