Thoughts on Muhammad Video

September 18, 2012 – New York – The AJC weekly radio messages are broadcast on the CBS radio network, before The Osgood File. All AJC radio commentaries since 2001 are available at


The full text of this week’s commentary follows:

Whether reason or pretext, the furor over the crude and inflammatory Internet film, “The Innocence of Muslims,” rages on.

Some thoughts.

First, four Americans in Libya, including Ambassador Chris Stevens, were brutally murdered.

I’ve met many U.S. diplomats serving abroad.

They put their lives on the line in dedicated service to our country.

They deserve our admiration and full support.

Second, the media stumbled badly when the film story broke.

Reports of a so-called “Israeli-American” producer and “100 Jewish donors” appeared on the front page of major papers and on our TV screens.

As it turned out, these reports were wrong, irresponsible, and dangerous.

And third, many of the protesters now burning American flags are big-time hypocrites.

They want to wall off their own religious views from any criticism.

But they want to reserve the right to assail Christians, peddle anti-Semitism, and attack other Muslim sects.

If that’s not hypocrisy, what is?


This is David Harris of AJC.
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