"Like me, the majority of Americans are Christian, and yet we do not ban blasphemy against our most sacred beliefs," President Obama told the U.N. General Assembly on Tuesday morning. "People are going to call me awful things every day. And I will always defend their right to do so."

Some context: the president of Indonesia is expected to push this week for a global "blasphemy" law that would ban insults to religion. The effort is in response to the controversial anti-Islam video that helped spark riots across the Muslim world, but it revives past attempts at a such a ban led by the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation.