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.