The First Amendment has a bullseye on its back.
A top White House official has blasted as “truly abhorrent” the anti-Islam film which appears to have triggered an outpouring of violence against U.S. diplomatic posts in Egypt and Libya.
Speaking to an international religious freedom conference in Washington Wednesday, Deputy National Security Adviser Denis McDonough endorsed efforts to create “a world where the dignity of all people—and all faiths—is respected.”
According to his prepared remarks released by the White House, he then added: “This work takes on added urgency given the truly abhorrent video that has offended so many people–Muslims, and non-Muslims alike—in our country and around the world.”
President Barack Obama’s criticism earlier Wednesday of the “Innocence of Muslims” film, or film trailer in question, was a bit more reserved.
In an interview with CBS’s “60 Minutes,” Obama said: “This film is not representative of who we are and our values, and I think it’s important for us to communicate that.”
And in a statement in the Rose Garden Wednesday morning, Obama said in apparent reference to the video: “We reject all efforts to denigrate the religious beliefs of others.”