Freedom of speech and sanctity of life must both prevail


Originally Published in The Washington Post

It’s not about a clash of ideologies or a clash of civilizations; it is a clash between two groups of idiots.

An Israeli spokesman characterized the alleged filmmaker as “an unspeakable idiot.” Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) described the video as “stupid,” “inaccurate” and “provocative.” It only provided a lame excuse to the other group of idiots to respond with barbarism and take innocent lives.

As an American Muslim, my heart goes out to Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and his three staff members who became the innocent victims of this clash.

Let freedom of speech and sanctity of human life both prevail. Protecting one at the cost of the other is neither American nor Islamic.

Haris Raja, Laurel


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