WHAT VALUE ARE WE TALKING ABOUT?

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Can someone please explain to me how this statement, sent out prior to the violence in Libya, is a “disgraceful ‘apology for American values'”?

The Embassy of the United States in Cairo condemns the continuing efforts by misguided individuals to hurt the religious feelings of Muslims – as we condemn efforts to offend believers of all religions. … Respect for religious beliefs is a cornerstone of American democracy. We firmly reject the actions by those who abuse the universal right of free speech to hurt the religious beliefs of others.

What American value is being apologized for here? Do we have a value that supports offending people’s religious beliefs? Is respect for religious beliefs not a cornerstone of American democracy? Is abuse of Free Speech an American value?

The disgraceful murder of the Ambassador and other innocent people, the disgraceful murder of anyone, this I understand. But I’m puzzled by the accusation that there was something un-American or disgraceful in the statement that the Embassy sent out beforehand.