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Double standard in hate speech; OK for Muslims, but nobody else

It is always reprehensible to mock anyone's religious beliefs, and it is even worse when the mockery is expected to result in violence, injury or death ("Obama defends free speech," Sept. 27).

The freedom of speech exercised in the notorious anti-Islamic video "The Innocence of Muslims" is a case in point. It is tantamount to falsely yelling "Fire!" in a crowded theater, which is impossible to defend as free speech.

Yet in some of the Muslim countries where the outcry against the video has been loudest, the notorious anti-Semitic libel known as "The Protocols of the Elders of Zion" is freely sold and published.

This scandalous pack of lies has stirred up anti-Semitic feelings for many, many years, even though the governments of those countries criticize our commitment to First Amendment rights.

Edward Leslie Ansel, Owings Mills

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