- Posted September 14, 2012 by
Forest Hills, New York
Innocence of Muslims
Does the controversial film, Innocence of Muslims, violate the state of California's laws concerning obscenity? I haven't seen the film or the trailer but the reports I have read indicate that it depicts minors having sex. If in fact such is the case the film may be unlawfully obscene. I contacted the county of Los Angeles Sheriff's office and suggested that they look into this question. I was told that that the office is not at this time commenting on the matter.
This takes us back to Governor Romney's criticism of President Obama. Assume for the moment that the film is not legally obscene. The film makers were then exercising their right of free expression and the president was exercising his right of free expression in attacking it. Nothing in the president's remarks can be construed to mean that he does not respect the film makers' rights under the first amendment.
If, on the other hand, the film is legally obscene it is not protected by the first amendment. One would hope that Governor Romney, as a Harvard trained attorney, would be aware of the legal issues involved. One would hope, in addition, that Governor Romney is cognizant that obscenity is not an American value.