Romney denounces the anti-Muslim film

US presidential candidate Mitt Romney on Friday denounced an anti-Muslim film that is stirring unrest in the Middle East, even as he stood by his condemnation of the U.S. Embassy in Cairo for its implied denunciation of the film.

Speaking to George Stephanopoulos of ABC’s Good Morning America, Romney said he still believed it was “inappropriate” for the embassy to put out the statement, issued as anger rose in Egypt on Tuesday over a film that ridiculed the Muslim prophet Muhammad. He said the embassy should have taken the statement down after protesters breached the embassy grounds. The same day, attackers in Libya stormed a U.S. consulate and killed four foreign service officers, including the ambassador, J. Christopher Stevens.

The Cairo embassy’s news release said the United States “condemns the continuing efforts by misguided individuals to hurt the religious feelings of Muslims – as we condemn efforts to offend believers of all religions. ” It added: “We firmly reject the actions by those who abuse the universal right of free speech to hurt the religious beliefs of others.”

Romney has said it amounted to sympathizing with America’s attackers. He blamed President Obama, although he conceded that Obama had also distanced himself from the statement.

Asked about the film itself, Romney said he hadn’t seen it and had no intention of doing so. Still, he seemed to agree with much of the substance of the embassy’s statement.

“And the idea of using something that some people consider sacred and then parading that out a negative way is simply inappropriate and wrong,” he said. “And I wish people wouldn’t do it. Of course, we have a First Amendment. And under the First Amendment, people are allowed to do what they feel they want to do. They have the right to do that, but it’s not right to do things that are of the nature of what was done by, apparently this film.”

The precise origins of the film remain murky, but it was apparently made in the United States and has been championed by an anti-Muslim pastor from Florida, Terry Jones.

Romney said of Jones: “I think him making it, promoting it, showing it, is disrespectful to people of other faiths. I don’t think that should happen. I think people should have the common courtesy and judgment – the good judgment – not to be – not to offend other peoples’ faiths. It’s a very bad thing, I think, this guy’s doing.”

Philly.com

  • Hannibal

    This is so ridiculous… Everyday hords of media and films portray Jesus in derogatory way and although the Qoran reveres him and his mother yet not a finger is raised to protect Him. Is Jesus any lesser than Mohammed? It is JUST an excuse to get some unemployed losers to blame their misfortunes on others. God does NOT need protection from scum. God is almighty and can strike without your help. Bunch of backward monkeys.

    • saoudiAhbal

      I am sorry to deceive you; issa in koran is not jesus of christians; it is ESAU of the Bible
      second Mariam mother of Jesus is bint sahyoun and not Mariam bint omran as the Koran says; the two maryams lived few centuries apart.
      Angel jibril of koran, taken from aramaic, from which is derived hijazi arabic the language the Koran is written with is the word of shaytan whereas the angel which appeared to maryam the mother of Jesus is archangel Gibra’eel translated from aramaic means the word of God.
      Last but not least, interpretation of Koran says issa or Jesus or whatever you think is the equivalent of Jesus is just a prophet not God as christians believe; Prophet mohammad is the last and best of the prophets: houwwa khatimat wa misk al anbya’.

      I am not saying this to say my religion is better or worse than the others, i am pinpointing the differences in approach, differences which to me do not mean anything unless coupled with action like when the salafis kill in the name of allah

  • Hannibal

    This is so ridiculous… Everyday hords of media and films portray Jesus in derogatory way and although the Qoran reveres him and his mother yet not a finger is raised to protect Him. Is Jesus any lesser than Mohammed? It is JUST an excuse to get some unemployed losers to blame their misfortunes on others. God does NOT need protection from scum. God is almighty and can strike without your help. Bunch of backward monkeys.

    • saoudiAhbal

      I am sorry to deceive you; issa in koran is not jesus of christians; it is ESAU of the Bible
      second Mariam mother of Jesus is bint sahyoun and not Mariam bint omran as the Koran says; the two maryams lived few centuries apart.
      Angel jibril of koran, taken from aramaic, from which is derived hijazi arabic the language the Koran is written with is the word of shaytan whereas the angel which appeared to maryam the mother of Jesus is archangel Gibra’eel translated from aramaic means the word of God.
      Last but not least, interpretation of Koran says issa or Jesus or whatever you think is the equivalent of Jesus is just a prophet not God as christians believe; Prophet mohammad is the last and best of the prophets: houwwa khatimat wa misk al anbya’.

      I am not saying this to say my religion is better or worse than the others, i am pinpointing the differences in approach, differences which to me do not mean anything unless coupled with action like when the salafis kill in the name of allah

      • Hannibal

        I do not agree with you at all… Marie actually was from Cana, an Aramaic town. Jesus spoke Aramaic. Zion is an invention. Neither have claim. The Koran does revere Jesus of Christianity as a prophet from God… “nafa5na fiihi min ruu7ina” which is more powerful than Mohammed born of a woman and dying like a man. Jesus was lifted to heaven according to the Koran and he did not taste death. 
        You miss my point therefore that Moslems should be enraged as MUCH when people speak ill of Jesus as they do when people speak ill of Mohammed.
        I respect freedom of speech and do believe God did not appoint people to fight for his name or sake. He is GOD and he needs NO protection. Those idiots pretending to fight for him whether Hezbo Allah or Salafi or whatever connotation or cocktail of religion they come out from should be praying for peace rather than preparing for wars and mayhem. Gandhi defeated the British empire peacefully. Jesus conquered the Roman empire with a simple message of peace and love your enemy message. NO I refuse all form of religious parties… A moqawama islamiya is NOT a Lebanese muqawama. In the same talkin I refuse a party like the Lebanese Forces with a Saliib ouweet (the red cross on black background) as much as I refuse a flag with Allah slogan written on it. Give what is Caesar’s to Caesar and what is God’s to God.   

        • saoudiAhbal

          nope sir; Mariam is bint sahyoun; from kana i agree; even there is a book by that priest, his name escapes me right now, scotch effect, says jesus is from kana. Again issa  is not Jesus; i do not want to enter with you in a koran debate; i am an expert in the field; the reason i do not want it is that i refuse to hurt the feeling of muslims. Hizbollah changed now & is becoming a lebanese resistance based on shiism agree but i hope you understand the tribal nature of Lebanon especially you who claims to originate from akkar; i tried lebanese nationalism many times before & was  deceived; i came up with the conclusion that cultures are dilutable but immiscible. Hence we need to find a peaceful solution to the multi ethnic lebanese composition; we should not go in war against each other like israel wants us to: war brings no victory to anyone. Saying this i am still ready to give lebanese nationalism another go however, when i see many idiots, allying themselves with a dead issue namely salafism just to defeat hizbollah, you ask yourself: is it with these that you want to build a new Lebanon.. If i agree with you hizbollah is a problem ( i do not agree with that at all for time being & let me even tell you more, i believe without hizbollah there would have been no more christians in Lebanon); so assuming again hizbollah is a problem, you bring a disease called salafism which was non existant in Lebanon, you support it, you feed it and nurture it, just to fight hizbollah; intelligent isnt it?