Warped sense of priorities.
(CNSNews.com) – President Barack Obama devoted 5 minutes of his speech before the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday to a YouTube trailer that insulted Islam and 1 minute and 32 seconds talking about the threat of Iran obtaining a nuclear weapon.
President Obama made his first reference to what he called a “crude and disgusting video” at 11 minutes and 33 seconds into his speech. The video, which is a YouTube trailer for a shoddy film made by a man in southern California, has been blamed by the Obama administration for protests in the Middle East and North Africa.
“In every country, there are those who find different religious beliefs threatening; in every culture, those who love freedom for themselves must ask how much they are willing to tolerate freedom for others,” Obama said.
“That is what we saw play out the last two weeks, as a crude and disgusting video sparked outrage throughout the Muslim world,” he said. “I have made it clear that the United States government had nothing to do with this video, and I believe its message must be rejected by all who respect our common humanity. It is an insult not only to Muslims, but to America as well – for as the city outside these walls makes clear, we are a country that has welcomed people of every race and religion.”
Obama continued to cite the video for 5 minutes. “I know there are some who ask why we don’t just ban such a video,” he said. “The answer is enshrined in our laws: our Constitution protects the right to practice free speech.”
The president’s discussion of the video concluded at 16 minutes and 35 seconds into his speech. “Just as we cannot solve every problem in the world, the United States has not, and will not, seek to dictate the outcome of democratic transitions abroad, and we do not expect other nations to agree with us on every issue,” he said.