Reading this made me not sure whether to laugh or cry:

Knowing her legal position was unsound, and that traditional forms of law could not constitutionally be used to suppress critical examination of religion, Secretary Clinton further explained the administration’s commitment “to use some old-fashioned techniques of peer pressure and shaming, so that people don’t feel that they have the support to do what we abhor.” The government is our servant, not our master — besides enforcing valid laws, it has no business using its coercive power to play social engineer. More to the present point, however, the administration was effectively saying it is perfectly appropriate to employ extra-legal forms of intimidation to suppress speech that “we abhor.”

That is precisely what the Egyptian mob was about to do when the U.S. embassy issued its statement. The Obama administration’s position? The president endorses extortionate “peer pressure” and “shaming,” but condemns constitutionally protected speech. That’s exactly the message the embassy’s statement conveyed.

Our enemy uses old fashioned techniques of peer pressure and shaming. Stoning people to death for crimes which would not be crimes in the West at all — such as “adultery,” “blasphemy,” or “sodomy”* — incites mobs, and forces weak people (weak meaning you want to go along to get along, or maybe just live) to succumb to peer pressure and join in the shaming.

What I find the most horrifying is that we have a president who is not merely turning a blind eye to the mob, he is joining and encouraging it.

This president is implementing dhimmitude on us without a second thought. He is appeasing Islamists everywhere, pure and simple. So the attacks will intensify and continue for longer than ever. Islamists everywhere now know with certainty that they have Obama on the ropes.

Yesterday, Glenn Reynolds condemned this outrage, and called for the president’s resignation.

Predictably, there are those types who think that the cowardly hauling out, in the wee hours of the morning, of a filmmaker who offended the mob is perfectly OK, and that Glenn is wrong to condemn it:

Nakoula is behind a film that is supposedly the motivation behind rioting in various Muslim countries and is possibly part of the motivation behind actions that lead to the death of several Americans, including the US’ ambassador to Libya. Nakoula plead guilty to a federal crime and is on probation for said crime and may have violated the terms of his probation and is obligated to speak to authorities. The authorities have decided to exercise those rights and talk to Nakoula.

This is problematic how? Surely, given the situation, there are reasons to want to speak to Nakoula to find more out about the film. Such questioning does not violate his right to hold unpopular views nor does it stop him from sharing them. And the only reasons such questioning exists as an option is because Nakoula plead guilty to federal crimes. This is not the authorities dragging someone away simply because he made a controversial film.

Really? Since when are probationers brought in for routine questioning after midnight by an armed squadron? Since when are pictures of such late night raids circulated around the world?

Lynch mobs using “old-fashioned techniques of peer pressure and shaming” are horrifying enough. But this was our government doing exactly the same thing, and on behalf of the enemy lynch mob that seeks to destroy it. It makes me ashamed to be a citizen of such a country.

* I left out the serious crime of “apostasy.” Darn!

Anyway, in too many countries, apostasy is punishable by death:

In some countries apostasy from the religion supported by the state is explicitly forbidden. This is largely the case in some states where Islam is the state religion; conversion to Islam is encouraged, conversion from Islam penalised.

  • Iran – illegal (death penalty)[7][8][9]
  • Egypt – illegal (death penalty)[9]
  • Pakistan – illegal (death penalty[9] since 2007)
  • United Arab Emirates – illegal (death penalty)[10]
  • Somalia – illegal (death penalty)[11]
  • Afghanistan – illegal (death penalty, although the U.S. and other coalition members have put pressure that has prevented recent executions[12][13])
  • Saudi Arabia – illegal (death penalty, although there have been no recently reported executions)[9][14]
  • Sudan – illegal (death penalty, although there have only been recent reports of torture, and not of execution[15] [16])
  • Qatar – illegal (death penalty)[17]
  • Yemen – illegal (death penalty)[17]
  • Sri Lanka – illegal (Prison sentences for 10 year) (Mahinda Rajapakse regime has passed anti religious change Act in the parliament)[17]
  • Malaysia – illegal in five of 13 states (fine, imprisonment, and flogging)[18][19]
  • Mauritania – illegal (death penalty)[citation needed]
  • Syria – possibly illegal (death penalty) although there is evidence to the contrary[20]
  • Morocco – illegal to proselytise conversion (15 years jail, flogging)[21]
  • Jordan – possibly illegal (fine, jail, child custody loss, marriage annulment) although officials claim otherwise, convictions are recorded for apostasy.[22][23][24]

Nice, eh?