I told myself this weekend that I would take it easy on the “Religion of Peace” this week. After all, between “Innocence of Muslims”, embassy attacks, Iran and Pakistan, I’ve been putting the boots pretty hard to the Islamic world for the last few weeks. And while that’s fun, sometimes you need a break.
So imagine my disappointment when I read this article about the Pakistani cabinet minister who has put a $100,000 bounty on the head of the person responsible for producing “Innocence of Muslims” and anyone else who makes a similar film. At a news conference late last week Ghulam Ahmad Bilour, the Pakistani railways minister said:
“I announce today that this blasphemer who has abused the holy prophet, if somebody will kill him, I will give that person a prize of $100,000… I also invite Taliban and Al-Qaeda brothers to be partners in this noble deed… I also announce that if the government hands this person over to me, my heart says I will finish him with my own hands and then they can hang me.”
Continue reading “Oh my God! Again with the Crazy Pakistani Muslims?”
A few years ago, in response to the imposition of emergency rule in Pakistan by the Musharraf government, the Ontario Bar Association (OBA) and the Law Society of Upper Canada (LSUC) issued press releases, organized rallies and circulated petitions urging Ontario’s lawyers to support the efforts of their counterparts in Pakistan to restore the rule of law in that country. All very noble and honourable.
I was thinking about that when I read this story, in today’s Globe, about a group of 500 Pakistani lawyers storming the diplomatic enclave in Islamabad wearing headbands inscribed with “Lovers of Prophet, Death to the blasphemer”. Meanwhile the Pakistan Bar Council called for a day of protest against “Innocence of Muslims” and condemned the US for failing to take action against it. Nice to see the people charged with defending the rule of law in Pakistan are so reasonable.
I wonder if the OBA and LSUC will be circulating petitions calling for our “counterparts” in Pakistan to respect religious freedom and freedom of expression. Why do I suspect they’ll remain curiously quiet on the subject.
So, a Coptic Christian of Egyptian ancestry living in the US produces a film that denigrates Mohammad and which was broadcast repeatedly on Islamist TV stations in Egypt. And how do Muslims in Lebanon and Afghanistan react? By burning Israeli flags and chanting “Death to Israel”. [Update: Muslim protestors in Sri Lanka spent yesterday throwing slippers at the Israeli flag – better than bombs, I suppose – while a North American Muslim group is calling for a protest against Zionist “hatemongers“]
Am I missing something?
I guess ranting and raving about the US wasn’t sufficiently irrational, so they figured they might as well blame a country that, literally, has no connection to the “Innocence of Muslims” fiasco. They might as well be chanting “Death to Finland” for all the sense it makes (maybe I shouldn’t be giving them ideas).
[On further thought, I’m now convinced that the whole “Innocence of Muslims” bun-fight was orchestrated by the Acme Israeli and American Flag Company trying to clear out it’s inventory for the 2013 models.]
In the wake of last week’s attacks on the US embassy in Cairo and the US consulate in Benghazi, and the killing of the US Ambassador to Libya and several of his staffers as they helped evacuate that consulate, US (and other Western) embassies have been attacked across the Islamic world. These attacks were purportedly instigated by a new film, titled “Innocence of Muslims”, which claims to portray the life of the Prophet Mohammad. At the very least the film gave Islamists a pretext for attacking the United States. But it is the reaction to “Innocence of Muslims” throughout the Islamic world that is a telling indicator of the intolerance of the Islamic world and, I think, gives a good example of why many in the West are, with good reason, afraid of Islam as practiced by a good chunk of its adherent. (As a side note, I refer to the Islamic world rather than Islam intentionally. Like Christianity and Judaism, or any other religion, Islam is capable of tolerant and open-minded interpretations and intolerant and hateful interpretations. It is what its adherents make of it).
Continue reading “The Intolerance of Muslims – What the “Innocence of Muslims” tells us about the Islamic World.”