I think the film was the dumbest thing I've seen in a long time, and the reaction to it even worse ('dumb' doesn't even begin), but I will side with Kerdy in so far as there has to come some point, and think that point is long past due, when free people in the world stand up and say "We cannot live in a world where one particular religion
or way of life is held as sacrosanct, not because it has earned that reputation by the justness of its teachings, but because its adherents will threaten, beat, and murder with impunity anyone who says otherwise." Now, this film is not the way to do that (and if that was what the "director" was trying to do, he failed miserably), but still, it's high time we draw the proverbial line in the sand and say no to all this stuff. I've already read, for example, calls to shut down Youtube in some Muslim-majority countries (source)
, which is ridiculous enough without some of the other reactions that have gone on (though I would like to go a day without having "100 reasons why Christianity is stupid and Christians are going to Hell, by some Muslim"-type videos recommended to me just because I listen to taranim videos while I do the dishes or something). It's time we in the West say no to every attempt to make the entire world kowtow to the precious feelings of a perpetually offended minority of numbskulls. I don't care that they are offended anymore. They've used up their right to complain while their coreligionists (a much larger number and proportion of them than were involved in the production and promotion of the anti-Islam film, of course) burn our churches, kidnap young Christians and make them convert to Islam, destroy monasteries, aggressively attempt to liquidate entire Christian populations of a given country, etc. I'm out of give-a-darn's (sorry...don't want to have to review the new obscenity rules mid-post) for these people. Either start practicing some reciprocity or shut up and stop using things that came out of the "evil" Western world that allow you to view things that will make you mad. Or better yet, grow up and stop being babies about the fact that not everybody loves your prophet and your religion. The rest of the world's religions are waiting for you catch up in this regard. The waiting, as Tom Petty once told us, is the hardest part, and it seems that every day the patience of more and more of the world is wearing thin. Like this wonderful gentleman
, who I wish I could vote for in November...
the mysterious reason 'why', by the way. I don't really think there's much more to it than that, when you get right down to it. Islam's honor has been insulted and blahblahblahblah (same old garbage). Muhammad's fake Allah can't do anything for himself that some of his followers can't do quicker and bloodier. They don't like that anyone should have the freedom to not
treat their religion as just the most bestest, perfect little path to God that there ever was. Friends of mine in the UK have told me about (granted) requests to place the Qur'an above every other book in the religion section of libraries, in order not to offend Muslim sensibilities that say that it belongs there due to its superior status as an "uncorrupted" book of God. And that's a nice request, no doubt asked politely, but that's how these things work: Take a film that is obviously offensive and once you've distanced yourself from the radicals who are doing what you'd do if you were similarly unsophisticated, use this context to reintroduce global blasphemy laws
of the type that you ultimately failed to push through the UN a few years ago