In no way do these insults give ANYONE legitimate cause to instigate violence. And my personal assessment of the violence that was “caused” by this movie is that it was not really the cause but an excuse for extremist leaders to start violence.
Further, I find zero validity in the statement Ms. Knight-Khan shares, “Let it not be that in the name of freedom of speech the peace of the entire world be destroyed.” I would challenge her to provide one bit of proof that people freely communicating with one another (even offensively) is a threat to world peace. The opposite (people NOT talking) is an infinitely greater threat to peace.
My biggest fear is that if we do limit free speech, who would decide what can be said and can’t be said. Take one look at the people calling the shots in Washington, D.C. and ask yourself if you really want these folks deciding what you can and can’t say. I don’t.
Dan Valentine Marietta