Bad Religion and the Audacity of Idiocy

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I have half followed the controversy surrounding the anti-muslim video (the youtube comments are smh worthy) that was released on the internet that depicted the prophet of Islam as a sadistic nymphomaniac with erratic tendencies. I believe it was meant to be a comedy or something of that nature. Its actually poorly executed though. On the one hand, I was appalled that the people behind this video were “Christians”. I put that in quote because I am sure that the video was certainly un-christlike and did little to promote peace in our strife-prone world. On the other hand, the wanton violence and threatened violence that followed the release of the video from a section of the muslim ummah (community) was certainly disheartening and seems to be a continuation of a cycle of reactionary and retaliatory actions that underscore what can only be poor PR for the muslim faith.

Of course in situations like this, I am fairly sure that there is moderate, intellectual section of the muslim population that have reacted with outrage and disgust but not on a physical level of assault and vandalism. These are people that recognize the video for what it is, a provocation. These people probably also recognize that Allah is the ultimate and they need not fight for author and finisher of all things. They know the truth about their prophet and no work of poor cinematic quality will tell them otherwise. The outrage comes from the level of close mindedness and disrespect on display in the video.

Before you christen my defender of the muslim faith, I will reiterate that I am a Christian and I was equally appalled by the video. I really wish these nuts who hide under the guise of Christianity to do these things will quit. Neither religion can really claim the moral high ground in its centuries old history. People have committed all sorts of atrocities in the name of Christianity and Islam, it is ridiculous. It takes someone who is really ignorant of the other religion or a poor student of history to stand and condemn the main figure of a religion. Of course, I have grown to a conclusion that all religion might be likened to a drug, too much of it might lead to addiction to the point of fanaticism or overdose leading to the death of the mind. And like any drug whose original aim is to cure a disease, in this case human immorality and lead to better health which I will liken to greater spirituality and adoration of God.

Of course there is a bigger context of a clash of cultures, of political power and subjugation to a world hegemony presumably representing a judeo-christian agenda versus a section of the world that feels backed into a corner and has resorted to violence but alas that is way above my pay grade and the scope of my musings. Of course I often wonder where free speech ends and the infringement upon the right of others to practice their religion in peace starts.

Clearly because you have the right to say whatever you like does not mean you say what can incite or denigrate others. Fundamentalism aside, the Qur’an does allude to Christians being the more friendly of the “People of the book” in Sura 8:52. That said, I do question the motives of the makers of the video. Were they trying to evangelize? If so, how exactly does pissing people off convince them that yours is the right religion? I wonder in ancient Sumerian.

I was listening to the song below, the title is catchy but the song is not really about the same thing as the topic though.

Disclaimer: I may not fully understand the intricacies of the controversy

What do you think of the controversy surrounding the video? Yay, Nay or don’t give a shay? Use the comment box below. Why do people resort to violence in defense of their religion? Does the creator of the universe not have the tools to defend himself? Speak you piece, peace or pieces s’il vous plait.

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5 thoughts on “Bad Religion and the Audacity of Idiocy

    Single Nigerian (@singlenigerian) said:
    September 17, 2012 at 11:58 am

    Tweeted stuff about this a couple of days back…
    If at this point people (be them Christians or whatever) do not know that insults to Mohammed are provocative then heads need to be checked.
    The end is not in sight, not yet, I pray the chain of events stop quickly.

    Religion for christians was a path to God before Christ came in. He removed religion to give us direct access to him, but no, that was not enough, we just had to bring religion back to suit our selfish selves. And it echoes all round the world in the different religions.

    Nice write up…

    gerigtg said:
    September 17, 2012 at 12:24 pm

    I agree with you Sir F. They act like Mohammed or even Allah are defenseless vulnerable infants who can’t stand up for themselves.

    And how does the reaction even fit the so-called infraction? Folks need to calm the hell down. Yeah I said hell.

    Ayo said:
    September 17, 2012 at 12:27 pm

    People that commit violent acts in the name of religion don’t know their religion. Religions will will always be mocked in comedies.

    obafuntay said:
    September 22, 2012 at 12:39 am

    I totally agree with you.
    Started reading this post and after the first line, got lost in watching the anti-muslim video link and other Likes, and it’s rather appalling.
    The fact we don’t agree with what they believe in isn’t a reason to make a joke of what these people take sacred.
    It is certainly not Christ like, it has to stop.

    ObaFuntAy
    TT

    Kola said:
    September 28, 2012 at 5:12 pm

    i’m going to choose my words wisely since (like you), i’m not 100% informed on this issue. that said,

    1. I’ve seen many comments that read something along the lines of “God should be able to stand up for himself”. Let’s pause and think about this for a second. If God “stood up for himself”, can you begin to imagine the criticism that would follow? “God is mean” “God is unkind” “How could God let this happen?” yadiyadida…

    What does God standing up for himself look like? A tornado? flood? hurricane? wildfire? I don’t know about anyone else out there, but personally, I appreciate God for NOT standing up for himself because none of us can withstand the judgment that we deserve

    2. I’m not sure that it’s a verified fact that the violence was a direct result of the video. if so, it seems to be a little bit of an overreaction (just my opinion). Especially considering that fact that multi-million dollar movies have been made to undermine the core of several other religions (the davinci code comes to mind)

    all in all, i commend you for writing a thoughtful post on the issue. it’s nice to be able to have respectful conversations about these issues

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