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People jumped on this statement and claimed that Barack Obama said that terrorism was no big deal, but that’s not really fair — and it misses the larger problem with the statement. He’s not dismissing terrorism; in fact, Obama says in the same breath that the administration is doing everything it can do to prevent another one.  That’s hardly a dismissal, although one can certainly argue whether Obama’s administration really is doing everything it can do, say, by capturing and interrogating terrorists rather than just killing them to avoid the legal questions of interrogation and detention.

No, the bigger issue is that Obama didn’t say anything at all with this statement.  Of course we can absorb another terrorist attack.  No one is arguing that another 9/11 will mean the disintegration of the US, except perhaps the nutcases who plotted the last one expecting an American collapse commensurate with the Soviet collapse in the late 1980s.  Another terrorist attack would hardly surpass the effects of the previous one in terms of American cohesion, which were negligible even in the long run.

But that’s not the point.  The point is that we lost almost 3,000 Americans in a day who should be still with us.  Secondarily, we sustained billions of dollars in economic damage.  The role of the executive branch and its Commander in Chief is to protect us from outside attack, not because we can’t “absorb” one, but because we want to preserve the lives, liberty, and property of Americans, which is the primary duty of the President.

And this….

Infatuated With Clergy Condemning Koran-burning, Media Now Silent as Muslims Condemn Anti-Free Speech Violence

Tuesday, scores of prominent American and Canadian Muslims spoke out against “threats that have been made against individual writers, cartoonists, and others by a minority of Muslims” with the express purpose of silencing speech, the media was conspicuously silent. It remains so today.

“We, the undersigned,” declares a petition at the website of The American Muslim, “unconditionally condemn any intimidation or threats of violence directed against any individual or group exercising the rights of freedom of religion and speech; even when that speech may be perceived as hurtful or reprehensible.”

The media’s response: yawn.

Wow, this is something that should get some sort of press…

Cause I see nothing about Molly Norris in the news…and it is appalling. So to see this statement by the TAM is encouraging to me…but the fact that it is not being discussed in the MSM is disturbing as well.

“A DEFENSE OF FREE SPEECH BY AMERICAN AND CANADIAN MUSLIMS

We, the undersigned, unconditionally condemn any intimidation or threats of violence directed against any individual or group exercising the rights of freedom of religion and speech; even when that speech may be perceived as hurtful or reprehensible.

We are concerned and saddened by the recent wave of vitriolic anti-Muslim and anti-Islamic sentiment that is being expressed across our nation.

We are even more concerned and saddened by threats that have been made against individual writers, cartoonists, and others by a minority of Muslims. We see these as a greater offense against Islam than any cartoon, Qur’an burning, or other speech could ever be deemed.

We affirm the right of free speech for Molly Norris, Matt Stone, Trey Parker, and all others including ourselves.

As Muslims, we must set an example of justice, patience, tolerance, respect, and forgiveness.

The Qur’an enjoins Muslims to:
* bear witness to Islam through our good example (2:143);
* restrain anger and pardon people (3:133-134 and 24:22);
* remain patient in adversity (3186);
* stand firmly for justice (4:135);
* not let the hatred of others swerve us from justice (5:8);
* respect the sanctity of life (5:32);
* turn away from those who mock Islam (6:68 and 28:55);
* hold to forgiveness, command what is right, and turn away from the ignorant (7:199);
* restrain ourselves from rash responses (16:125-128);
* pass by worthless talk with dignity (25:72); and
* repel evil with what is better (41:34).

Islam calls for vigorous condemnation of both hateful speech and hateful acts, but always within the boundaries of the law. It is of the utmost importance that we react, not out of reflexive emotion, but with dignity and intelligence, in accordance with both our religious precepts and the laws of our country.

We uphold the First Amendment of the US Constitution and the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Both protect freedom of religion and speech, because both protections are fundamental to defending minorities from the whims of the majority.

We therefore call on all Muslims in the United States, Canada and abroad to refrain from violence. We should see the challenges we face today as an opportunity to sideline the voices of hate—not reward them with further attention—by engaging our communities in constructive dialogue about the true principles of Islam, and the true principles of democracy, both of which stress the importance of freedom of religion and tolerance. “

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