Washington: White House Press Secretary Jay Carney has said there is little the government can do to stop offensive content.
Carney acknowledged that it was puzzling to some around the world that offensive speech is permitted in the United States, but said that the government could not do much to stop it.
“We understand that it is hard for some people around the world to understand why the United States does not prevent movies like this from seeing the light of day,” Politico quoted Carney as saying, adding: “That’s impossible to do.”
“More importantly, our country as a long tradition of free expression is protected by law. Our government does not and cannot stop individual citizens from expressing their views,” Carney said.
“Those of us who care about religious tolerance, respect religious beliefs must not allow a tiny minority of people to provoke conflict between different religions, cultures and countries. All leaders must draw a stark line against violence," she added.
According to the report, the White House is caught in crossfire between angry rioters in the Muslim world demanding punishment to the makers of the anti-Islamic film that mocked Prophet Mohammad and domestic critics who said that the administration is not standing up adequately for free speech.
"The United States Government had nothing to do with this movie. We reject its message and its contents. We find it disgusting and reprehensible,” Carney said.
“America has a history of religious tolerance and respect for religious beliefs that goes back to our nation’s founding. We are stronger because we are home to people of all religions, including millions of Muslims," Carney added.
Carney, however, said that no offensive film or content could justify the death of four State Department employees in Libya.
"We also believe there is no justification at all for responding to this movie with violence," Carney said, adding: “Islam respects the fundamental dignity of human beings and it violates that dignity to wage attacks on innocents."