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Contrasting Obama's reaction to the embassy attacks with FDR

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Photo - WASHINGTON - DECEMBER 29:  A bronze sculpture by Robert Graham of Franklin Delano Roosevelt, the 32nd U.S. President, is seen at the Roosevelt Memorial December 29, 2008 in Washington, DC.  Robert Graham, a sculptor whose works are seen in public spaces throughout the United States, died in California December 27 at the age of 70. (Photo by Brendan Smialowski/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON - DECEMBER 29: A bronze sculpture by Robert Graham of Franklin Delano Roosevelt, the 32nd U.S. President, is seen at the Roosevelt Memorial December 29, 2008 in Washington, DC. Robert Graham, a sculptor whose works are seen in public spaces throughout the United States, died in California December 27 at the age of 70. (Photo by Brendan Smialowski/Getty Images)
Beltway Confidential,Michael Barone
In his statement on the murder of our U.S. ambassador to Libya and three  other diplomats, Barack Obama said:
 
"Since our founding, the United States has been a nation that respects all faiths. We reject all efforts to denigrate the religious beliefs of others, but there is absolutely no justification for this type of senseless violence, none."
 
When Franklin Roosevelt proclaimed his Four Freedoms, including freedom of speech (unmentioned by Obama) and freedom of religion, he did not feel it necessary to add that he rejected efforts to denigrate the religious faith of others. Evidently he did not feel that the United States government should have a policy of condemning certain types of speech.
 
An interesting contrast.
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