Muslim film is not the problem
Published: Thursday, September 20th, 2012
So now a film has surfaced that shows the prophet Mohammed in a less than favorable light and many Muslims around the world are supposedly upset and rioting. What a coincidence that all this kicked off on the anniversary of 9/ll this year. Last Tuesday, Sept. 11, our ambassador to Libya, John Stevens, and three other U.S. officials were killed in an attack on the consulate at Benghazi in that country.
Protesters outside the compound were rallying against the short movie “Innocence of Muslims” that was reportedly made in California by a filmmaker who has yet to be identified for certain. The protesters were joined by militants using heavy machine guns and rocket-propelled grenades, according to Libyan security guards at the U.S. compound. The planned attack came from three different directions, they said.
It’s interesting to see the reactions of our State Department and many of those in the media to these events. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has adamantly condemned the film, calling it “disgusting and reprehensible.” Some in news organizations are actually seeking prosecution of the filmmaker for causing all of this upheaval in the Muslim world.
Wait a minute. Doesn’t film production in this country fall under the protection of the First Amendment to the Constitution, no matter what some may think of it? The problem is not with the film itself, which is kind of amateurish, but with the violent reaction to it from Muslims who see any criticism of their prophet as an affront to their so-called religion.
They riot and kill Westerners and Europeans for the burning of the Koran, their “sacred” book, or for publishing an offensive cartoon about Mohammed. Those who know about Islam realize that all those who do not follow Muhammad are referred to as infidels. As infidels, we are subject to attack when Muslims are called upon to wage their so-called jihads or holy wars. That’s what’s going on now in the Muslim parts of the world and we are supposed to understand it? We do get “Death to America!” chants.
A term called Islamaphobia has been coined as if we have some kind of unfounded or irrational fear of the movement. How can we not be fearful of those who have vowed to kill us in the name of their religion? How are we supposed to be tolerant of their intolerance?
The Obama administration has steered clear of calling these attacks what they are for fear of upsetting Muslims for some reason. If recent riots and protests around the world are any indication, we would say that policy needs some revision. U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, Susan Rice, continues to maintain the party line that these recent attacks and protests were spontaneous and not well planned. Circumstances and intelligence seem to dictate otherwise.
We have been fed the line for years that Islam is a religion of peace and that these are just “extremists” carrying out these evil deeds. That line is becoming more difficult to swallow as world events unfold.
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