Recently, a video was released by Planned Parenthood that ridiculed Christians for opposing abortion. This lead to an extremist group coordinating a series of bombings on abortion clinics. In an attempt to placate the group, a US Embassy released the following statement condemning the anti-Christian video:
The Embassy of the United States condemns the continuing efforts by misguided individuals to hurt the religious feelings of Christians – 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.
This caused much controversy, as it seemed to be justifying the attacks on abortions clinics. The Obama administration distanced itself from the comments, but then Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, issued a very similar statement.
I also want to take a moment to address the video circulating on the Internet that has led to these protests in a number of countries. Let me state very clearly — and I hope it is obvious — that the United States government had absolutely nothing to do with this video. We absolutely reject its content and message.
To us, to me personally, this video is disgusting and reprehensible. It appears to have a deeply cynical purpose: to denigrate a great religion and to provoke rage.
While Clinton went on to condemn the bombings, she still seemed to sympathize with the terrorists.
Then, in an unprecedented move, the United States government actually publicly identified the maker of the film, exposing him to backlash from the extremist groups and putting his life in danger.
Federal authorities have identified an abortion rights activist in southern California who is on probation after his conviction for financial crimes as the key figure behind the anti-Christian film that ignited mob violence against U.S. embassies across the Mideast, a U.S. law enforcement official told The Associated Press on Thursday.
So far this egregious violation of the filmmakers First Amendment rights has faced little scrutiny from the media and civil rights organizations.