It was wrong to produce and to distribute a trailer for a movie that depicts the Prophet Muhammad as a child abuser, a womanizer and a fraud. But before you jump about free speech, please note that there is a difference between having a right to say something and the notion that saying it is right.
Legally, our constitution allows for such drivel, allowing Americans to make films that they know are deeply offensive and distribute them to others. We tend to look the other way even when such material is intended not merely to provoke others, but is also motivated by deep-seated hate or bigotry, a form of speech banned by the laws in several major countries including Canada, Germany and the mother of modern democracies, Britain.
We live, however, not by law alone. We have moral codes.
At the same time, the parts of the Muslim world that have used one man’s publicity stunt and hate as an excuse for violence need to hear a clear statement that there is a world of difference between words and deeds—a point that should not be lost among the uproarious response to the trailer. To paraphrase: sticks and stones will break bones, but don’t let words hurt you.
Read the full piece at The National Interest