September 19, 2012
An Indonesian Muslim holds up a poster as a tire burns during a protest against an American film that ridicules Prophet Muhammad outside the U.S. Consulate in Medan, North Sumatra, Indonesia, Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2012. Indonesians continue to protest the anti-Islam film "Innocence of Muslims," torching the flag and tires outside the consulate in the country's third largest city of Medan. The poster reads: "Muslims are ready for war."
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While the man behind an anti-Islam movie that ignited violence across the Middle East would likely face swift punishment in his native Egypt for making the film, in America the government is in the thorny position of protecting his free speech rights and looking out for his safety even while condemning his message.