I’ve been watching the news reports of the rioting in Islamic lands over the release of a scurrilous film about the founder of Islam, Mohammed.
I happen to believe (as do many others) that it is a fundamental right in a free society to give offence, especially when what you are giving offence with has an element of truth in it. It’s right to make fun of dangerous and pompous people partially in order that they become less dangerous and pompous.
Mohammed was an unsavoury character. He did commit acts of paedophilia as we would see it today, he did order murders, he did commit robbery and so much more. Mohammed has a charge list as long as your arm. However, so did many English Monarchs, even those who were very spiritual and religious, but herein lies the big difference between how we view dodgy monarchs and how Muslims view Mohammed.
We can use logic to recognise that a particular king or religious leader didn’t live according to the same standards as today and although we know that we can also recognise their greatness or their achievements. But that doesn’t mean we want to emulate them in their more negative ways, we as a western society have moved on and grown up. Sadly much of the Islamic world has not only not grown up but hasn’t even started growing a teenage bumfluff moustache.
The Islamic world is exhorted to ‘be like Mohammed’, and to emulate him. Now if the historical or religious personage you are emulating or trying to emulate is mostly good or was an example of moral behaviour then this isn’t an issue. Their adherents may be a bit of a pain if they are doing door to door evangelism like the Jehovah’s Witnesses or the Pentacostalists.
However in general they are not an issue because they do essentially follow similar morals to the rest of us. Whether we are Christian, Jewish, Hindu or Sikh we all try mostly to stick to something approximating the Golden Rule which is treat others how you would wish to be treated yourself.
With Islam in control this Golden Rule is either missing or modified or ignored quite often as witnessed by the conditions for minorities in Islamicly dominated areas.
With Islam, because their prophet was such a bastard, people emulating him ARE an issue and makes for a volatile situation in places where Islam is either the dominant ideology (eg Middle East) or is not dominant but has been pandered to by the state and third sector such as charities (eg many places in Europe).
I heard someone say recently that ‘a Muslim will kick off just because you said ‘Good Morning’.’
Sadly that appears to be true to a large extent. Challenges to religion that we in the West accept as part of the price for living in free societies, and which Christian, Jewish and other groups sign up to and co exist with, are completely alien to the Muslim and Islamic mindset.
I got to thinking about whose fault these riots are?
My conclusion is that they are not the fault of the person or persons who made, financed, or appeared in the film. Yes I know that the ultimate organiser of the film is, shall we say, dubious to say the least but even the dubious have free speech or should have. (The blog Harry’s Place has background on the film’s creator which is interesting.)
It’s not the fault of the cinema that put the showing on
It’s not the fault of You Tube
It’s not the fault of the doctrine of free speech
It’s not the fault of the Americans
These riots, murders and disturbances are however the fault of Muslims and Islam itself. The inhabitants (or prisoners) of the Islamic world have an inability to reason and be reasonable. Islamic philosophy has created a culture that lives in a constant whirlwind of hatred of all that is not Muslim and where everything is measured against the standards of the 7th Century. This is the fault of a dualistic view of the world that separates Muslim and non muslim to a far greater degree than other cultures and religions separate those who are inside and outside of their cultures do.
Keep saying it, because it’s the truth. It’s NOT the American’s fault that the Islamic world has kicked off, these disturbances are the fault of Islam and Islam alone.
And, in case you haven’t seen the trailer, it’s here for you to make up your own minds about
It’s pretty rubbish acting and the writers sound like they’d be sacked from the failed UK soap opera El Dorado, but it should NOT be censored.