Why Is It OK to Mock Mormons, But Not Muslims?

Bret Stephens is outraged by liberals' outrage over Innocence of Muslims
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 18, 2012 12:53 PM CDT
In this theater publicity image released by Boneau/Bryan-Brown, from left, Rema Webb, Andrew Rannells and Josh Gad perform in "The Book of Mormon" at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre in New York.   (AP Photo/Boneau/Bryan-Brown, Joan Marcus)

(Newser) – Just last year, Hillary Clinton attended a performance of the Book of Mormon in New York, and said not one peep in protest. But now she and the Obama administration are bending over backward to denounce Innocence of Muslims, which Clinton herself deemed "disgusting and reprehensible." "So let's get this straight," writes Bret Stephens of the Wall Street Journal. "In the consensus view of modern American liberalism it is hilarious to mock Mormons … but outrageous to mock Muslims."

"Why? Maybe it's because nobody has ever been harmed, much less killed, making fun of Mormons," Stephens muses. Liberals also seem comfortable bashing a movie they haven't seen, and won't say a word in defense of freedom of speech. Which is a shame, because "a principled defense of free speech could start by quoting the Quran: 'When you hear the verses of Allah, and they are denied and ridiculed; so do not sit with them until they enter into another conversation.'" Click for Stephens' full column.

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