Whenever I read the headlines about the lasting and escalating outrage and violence in the Islam world in response to this home-made video (I myself am not interested at all to watch this "famous" video) and wonder about the reactions or lacking official reactions to this crucially high-level security matter with innocent people falling victim to blind violence, I cannot help thinking that basically we are living in the animal kingdom where low motives and emotions dominate. Human laws set in to deal with the consequences of the jungle law. Holding the flag of law, the weakest can resist, even attack the strongest. The First Amendment guarantees the absolute freedom of speech and belief. It protects you from being punished for criticizing the government and disobeying rules out of religious conviction. When upholding the right of Jehovah’s Witness schoolchildren to refuse to salute the American flag, giving religious convictions priority over citizenly duties, the Supreme Court judge Robert Jackson considered it worthwhile to tolerate “occasional eccentricity and abnormal attitudes” in order not to make an exception to this absolute freedom even in things that “touch the heart of the existing order,” wisely pointing out that it would then be “a mere shadow of freedom.”
Until now, neither Obama nor Romney has come up with any recipe to turn this raw ingredient into a gourmet dish, perhaps for fear of losing potential votes. I am hopeful that the wisdom of Justice Robert Jackson will meet the wisdom of breaking the chain of “your hurt me, I hit you back” and setting a good precedence without compromising the First Amendment which comes, for me, nearest to the right to an honest human existence without having to suppress opinion for fear of oppression. The Prophet himself would only smile at the infantile video play and shrug his shoulders when asked what he feels about it. If not, he would be just one of us living under the jungle law. A real prophet would not even need the First Amendment to let the bad guy rest in peace.