Disclaimer: I am not a Democrat or a Republican. I vote, but I am not a political analyst. Just Joe Average Citizen here, making some observations...
There is often a tendency on any given side of a political or religious or social equation to pick and choose "sound bites" to support their point of view. I believe this is just a normal human tendency, but we need to be a little more astute and investigate the context in which "offensive" things are said. More often than not, we will find that a phrase taken in context is a lot less offensive than first meets the eye.
Case in point: Some have voiced exception to a recent speech made by US President Obama before the United Nations, citing his phrase: "The future must not belong to those who slander the prophet of Islam"[...], implying that those who make mockery of Islam should be censored (or worse). (Or at least I assume this is the conclusion drawn. That would seem to me a reasonable assumption, based on those words alone... and taken out of context.)
What follows is still an excerpt, but more in context... in which the speaker makes a list of "not this / but this" statements: (Bolded text is my emphasis on what I see as the "bottom line" point he is trying to make.)
In less than two years, we have seen largely peaceful protests bring more change to Muslim-majority countries than a decade of violence. And extremists understand this, because they have nothing to offer to improve the lives of people, violence is their only way to stay relevant. They don't build. They only destroy.
It is time to leave the call of violence and the politics of division behind. On so many issues, we face a choice between the promise of the future or the prisons of the past, and we cannot afford to get it wrong. We must seize this moment, and America stands ready to work with all who are willing to embrace a better future.
[NOT THIS:] The future must not belong to those who target Coptic Christians in Egypt. [BUT THIS:] It must be claimed by those in Tahrir Square who chanted, "Muslims, Christians, we are one." [NOT THIS:] The future must not belong to those who bully women. [BUT THIS:] It must be shaped by girls who go to school and those who stand for a world where our daughters can live their dreams just like our sons.
[NOT THIS:] The future must not belong to those corrupt few who steal a country's resources. [BUT THIS:] It must be won by the students and entrepreneurs, the workers and business owners who seek a broader prosperity for all people. Those are the women and men that America stands with. There's is the vision we will support.
[NOT THIS:] The future must not belong to those who slander the prophet of Islam. [BUT THIS:] But to be credible, those who condemn that slander must also condemn the hate we see in the images of Jesus Christ that are desecrated or churches that are destroyed, or the Holocaust that is denied.
Let us condemn incitement against Sufi Muslims and Shia pilgrims. It's time to heed the words of Gandhi, "Intolerance is itself a form of violence and an obstacle to the growth of a true democratic spirit."
Together, we must work towards a work (sic. “world?”) where we are strengthened by our differences, and not defined by them. That is what America embodies. That's the vision we will support. Among Israelis and Palestinians, the future must not belong to those who turn their backs on the prospect of peace. Let us leave behind those who thrive on conflict, those who reject the right of Israel to exist.
The road is hard, but the destination is clear: a secure Jewish state of Israel and an independent, prosperous Palestine.
Understanding that such a peace must come through a just agreement between the parties, America will walk alongside all who are prepared to make that journey.
In Syria, the future must not belong to a dictator who massacres his people. If there's a cause that cries out for protests in the world today, peaceful protest, it is a regime that tortures children and shoots rockets in apartment buildings. And we must remain engaged to assure that what began with citizens demanding their rights does not end in a cycle of sectarian violence.
[…]But when you strip all away, people everywhere long for the freedom to determine their destiny; the dignity that comes with work; the comfort that comes with faith; and the justice that exists when governments serve their people and not the other way around.
The United States of America will always stand up for these aspirations for our own people and for people all across the world. That was our founding purpose. That is what our history shows.[…]
(Here is the full text of his speech made on 9/25/2012)
So, I put it to you: in all fairness, investigate a statement in its original context.
It is disingenuous to make a statement to illustrate your point by using a phrase from your opponent to say something he/she did not actually say.