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Pakistan FM: US Needs To Re-think Free Speech

From the Daily Caller:

Pakistani Foreign Minister on anti-Muslim video: America should ‘rethink’ free speech

By Jessica Stanton | 09/24/2012

In the aftermath of violent protests across the Middle East and the slaughter of four American diplomats, Pakistan’s foreign minister believes the United States should “rethink” its commitment to freedom of speech.

“It is not good enough to say, ‘It’s free speech, it should be allowed,’” Hina Rabbani Khar said during an interview with CNN on September 20. ”I think if this does provoke action against American citizens or Americans anywhere else in the world, then maybe we do need to rethink how much freedom is okay.”

This seems unnecessary, since that re-think is already well underway. In fact, we will probably hear another apology for our freedom of speech in Obama’s address to the UN later today. And/or when he appears on ‘The View.’

Khar said nations should come together in a “civilized manner,” to address the concept of freedom speech and how far it extends.

“I think what we need is more tolerance for each other’s views. What we need is to be able to give mutual space for us to be able to demonstrate what is culturally, religiously important to us and not to hold each other — not to judge each other for that,” Khar said.

“We really we have to be sensitive to religious sensitivities.” …

Unless it is Christian sensitivities. Or, any other religion apart from Islam, for that matter. After all, why is there a Pakistan in the first place? Oh, that’s right. It’s because the Muslims could not live peacefully with India’s Hindus.

Meanwhile, the defenders of the faith at the Associated Press:

Pakistan disowns bounty on anti-Islam filmmaker

By ASIF SHAHZAD | September 24, 2012

ISLAMABAD (AP) — The Pakistani government on Monday distanced itself from an offer by one of its Cabinet ministers to pay $100,000 for anyone who kills the maker of an anti-Islam film, saying the offer does not represent official government policy.

Notice how, once again, we hear about these kind of things only after they are being ‘denounced.’

The offer by Railways Minister Ghulam Ahmad Bilour has drawn criticism in Pakistan even though anger against the film runs high in this predominantly Muslim country.

The criticism is probably that the bounty is too low.

Bilour said Saturday that he would pay the reward money out of his own pocket. He also appealed to al-Qaida and Taliban militants to contribute to "a noble cause" of eliminating the filmmaker

In Islamabad, the Foreign Office said in a statement Monday that the bounty put on the filmmaker’s head reflected Bilour’s personal view and was not Pakistan’s official policy

Is this the "criticism" the AP mentioned? If they don’t like what he said, why doesn’t the foreign minister just put him in jail or kill him? It’s not like they believe in free speech.

On Friday, Pakistan observed a national holiday, which it termed the "Day of Love for the Prophet," and called on people to go out on the streets to protest against the anti-Islam film peacefully. But the protests turned violent, and at least 21 people were killed

The Pakistan government never saw that coming.

From the Daily Caller:

Senate overwhelmingly rejects foreign aid cuts for Egypt, Libya and Pakistan

By W. James Antle III | 09/23/2012

By a vote of 81 to 10, the Senate on Saturday defeated legislation that would have suspended foreign aid to Pakistan, Egypt and Libya in the wake of the violent anti-American demonstrations in those countries. All 10 supporters of the bill were Republicans.

Kentucky Republican Sen. Rand Paul had threatened to hold up all Senate business until the bill was considered. He succeeded in forcing a vote, but couldn’t come close to passage…

The proposal would have ended aid to the governments of Egypt and Libya until their police forces arrested all the perpetrators of the recent embassy attacks and handed them over to U.S. authorities. Pakistan would have been ineligible to receive aid until its government released an imprisoned doctor who cooperated with Americans in locating Osama bin Laden…

What, and encourage other people to cooperate with the US?

This article was posted by Steve on Monday, September 24th, 2012. Comments are currently closed.

4 Responses to “Pakistan FM: US Needs To Re-think Free Speech”

  1. Mithrandir says:

    Defeated 81-10. (S. 3576 ) United States Senator vote record: http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=112&session=2&vote=00196
    Who voted FOR America, and saving $4 billion annually:
    Crapo (R-ID)
    DeMint (R-SC)
    Grassley (R-IA)
    Lee (R-UT)
    Moran (R-KS)
    Paul (R-KY)
    Risch (R-ID)
    Roberts (R-KS)
    Shelby (R-AL)
    Toomey (R-PA)

    Who voted to keep funding terrorism:
    democrats (of course) and the usual list of RINOs:
    Brown (R-MA)
    Collins (R-ME)
    Lugar (R-IN)
    McCain (R-AZ)
    Murkowski (R-AK)
    Snowe (R-ME)

    Egypt’s New President Warns Obama: USA Must Change: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/09/23/world/middleeast/egyptian-leader-mohamed-morsi-spells-out-terms-for-us-arab-ties.html

    He said the United States must respect the Arab world’s history and culture, even when that conflicts with Western values.

    In a non-screwed up universe, the NON-CRAZY people would inform others of something called The Constitution, and say:
    The Arab world must respect the United State’s world history and culture, even when that conflicts with Arab values.–period.

    You try to step on our constitution of any American, anywhere in the world, they are going to be defended with Tomahawk missiles. That is the #1 job of the U.S. government, to protect and defend the citizens who are paying top dollar for them to do so.

  2. Enthalpy says:

    “It is not good enough to say, ‘It’s free speech, it should be allowed,’” Hina Rabbani Khar said during an interview with CNN on September 20. ”I think if this does provoke action against American citizens or Americans anywhere else in the world, then maybe we do need to rethink how much freedom is okay.” No, that is exactly what we should not do, irrespective of what Hillary Clinton and Obama attempt to cram down our throats. We must not submit to Islam, but rather, separate from it. The irreconcilable differences that exist between us will never be bridged, despite the best efforts of the traitors among us to force us to submit to their tyrannical rule.

    The United States is a constitutional republic where Sharia has no standing. We must separate from the world of Islam or perish. Clinton and Obama have been pushing for the UN Resolution 16/18, the initiative of the OIC limiting free speech. The UN does nothing well, but then, Hillary and Obama do nothing well either, but we must resist any efforts abridging our rights guaranteed by our Bill of Rights.

  3. Reality Bytes says:

    How bout we start with Hina? Shoulda let Cheney flatten this ant hill when we had the chance.

  4. Reality Bytes says:

    OK Promise. We’re just a little busy rethinking that hopey changey thing.

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