The United States deplores any intentional effort to denigrate the religious beliefs of others.Pres. B. Obama:
the United States rejects efforts to denigrate the religious beliefs of othersSurely religious freedom means that you are allowed to say that your own religion is better than other religions. In this case, the administration is complaining about a movie made by an Israeli Jew critical of Islam.
It has been reported that the movie triggered the attack, but that is not known. Others say that it was triggered by the 9-11 anniversary.
Update: The LA Times reports:
Administration officials have asked YouTube to review a controversial video that many blame for spurring a wave of anti-American violence in the Middle East. ...Update: By way of contrast, the biggest Broadway (NY) play of the last couple of years has been The Book of Mormon. The main message of the play is to make fun of Mormons. No, the Mormons have not been rioting. They believe in free speech.
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton sharpened her criticism of the film that led to the protests. She called the film "disgusting and reprehensible" -- but said that the U.S. would never stop Americans from expressing their views, and that the movie is no excuse for violence, according to reports from the Associated Press.