One could argue that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has directed more anger at the anti-Muhammad film – that the administration has pointed to for causing the riots, acts of war, and murder in the Middle East – than she has toward the rioters and murderers themselves. In fact, Clinton called the film “disgusting and reprehensible” but seemed to give the rioters a parental-like scolding by comparison.
So the standard is set, right? Criticizing religion is reprehensible and disgusting in the eyes of Hillary Clinton.
Uh, not so much.
The Wall Street Journal reported on her appearance last year at a Broadway musical that essentially shredded a different religion – Mormonism:
‘Hasa Diga Eebowai” is the hit number in Broadway’s hit musical “The Book of Mormon,” which won nine Tony awards last year. What does the phrase mean? I can’t tell you, because it’s unprintable in a family newspaper.
On the other hand, if you can afford to shell out several hundred bucks for a seat, then you can watch a Mormon missionary get his holy book stuffed—well, I can’t tell you about that, either. Let’s just say it has New York City audiences roaring with laughter.
The “Book of Mormon”—a performance of which Hillary Clinton attended last year, without registering a complaint—comes to mind as the administration falls over itself denouncing “Innocence of Muslims.” This is a film that may or may not exist; whose makers are likely not who they say they are; whose actors claim to have known neither the plot nor purpose of the film; and which has never been seen by any member of the public except as a video clip on the Internet.
Ok, so why the double standard? Don’t hold your breath waiting for Hillary to tell you. She has an entire historical slew of things she can’t explain – and doesn’t attempt to.
However, perhaps MSNBC host Lawrence O’Donnell can tell us. Actually, he did just that during a radio interview with Hugh Hewitt in 2007. Here is a transcript of the relevant exchange via NewsBusters (audio follows):
LAWRENCE O’DONNELL: I don’t think he [Mitt Romney] believes everything in the Book of Mormon. I think he’s lying about that. It’s an insane document produced by a madman who was a criminal and a rapist. […]
HUGH HEWITT: Would you say the same things about Mohammed as you just said about Joseph Smith?
O’DONNELL: Oh, well, I’m afraid of what the…that’s where I’m really afraid. I would like to criticize Islam much more than I do publicly, but I’m afraid for my life if I do.
HEWITT: Well, that’s candid.
O’DONNELL: Mormons are the nicest people in the world. They’re not going to ever…
HEWITT: So you can be bigoted towards Mormons, because they’ll just send you a strudel.
O’DONNELL: They’ll never take a shot at me. Those other people, I’m not going to say a word about them.
HEWITT: They’ll send you a strudel. The Mormons will bake you a cake and be nice to you.
O’DONNELL: I agree.
HEWITT: Lawrence O’Donnell, I appreciate your candor.
CLICK HERE and fast forward to the 18:00 mark to hear the exchange.
By the way, O’Donnell’s admission that he would like to criticize Islam but won’t might be perceived by Muslims as ‘hate thought’.
As a Mormon, shouldn’t Mitt Romney be really offended by Hillary Clinton’s support for such a play?
Ben Barrack is a talk show host and author of the book, Unsung Davids