Religion vs Freedom of Speech

by duncanr

It is hard not to be aware of the violent reaction in recent days amongst some muslims over a 3rd rate amateur video made in the USA which reportedly (few if any protestors have actually seen the film themselves) mocks the prophet Mohammed (PBUH).

This is a pattern that is becoming more frequent of late. Some sad little man of little significance grabs headlines by deliberately insulting islam in order to provoke a reaction and demonstrate that islam is a religion of hate and it’s followers a bunch of violent hoodlums. And like puppets having their strings pulled, muslims do exactly as intended.

It’s time Muslims learned that . . . you do not defeat an enemy by doing exactly what he wants you to do !

Instead of reacting with disdain and treating these attacks from christian nutters with the contempt they deserve, ignoring them, and leaving any punishment for possible blasphemy in Allah’s hands, they let themselves be whipped into a hysterical frenzy by those with a not so hidden anti-US policy agenda. Governments, meanwhile, contemplate limiting free-speech to non-religious matters. Well, it may be a minority view in some quarters but as far as I’m concerned, once you place any subject off-limits for discussion then you do not have free speech. And one area that should not be exempt from discussion is religion.

For those who believe in a GOD, that GOD is viewed as all-powerful, all-seeing. It is difficult for me to understand then the arrogance of people who believe in a GOD when they assume to know his wishes and act as agents on his behalf. If GOD is so great, then leave him to decide when any human behaviour disrespects him sufficiently to warrant punishment – at a time and place of his own choosing.

Since those who believe in a GOD, believe he created all humankind, I hardly think he would be best pleased when some of his children murder others of his creation not because of what they did but because of what someone else did.

Perhaps someone more familiar with the Koran than me can tell me where it says it is acceptable to Allah to kill someone not because they insulted the prophet Mohammed (PBUH) but because someone else did ?

I know many muslims here in the UK and the islam they follow and the core values they hold dear are not so different from those held by most christians – peace, love, charity, and understanding towards their fellow Man, but are a world apart seemingly from the islam followed by devotees abroad. The latter need to loosen up. If they are so convinced that their religion is superior to others then have the confidence to meet any critique with argument and discussion. Reacting with violence rather than dialogue looks suspiciously like a lack of confidence that they would win any debate on the merits of Islam vis a vis Christianity ?

Just saying !

6 Responses to “Religion vs Freedom of Speech”

  1. It wasn’t only Christians that were killed in the terrorist 9/11 attack on the Twin Towers. Muslims died too !

    But because the terrorists were muslim, there has been an unjustifiable tendency in some quarters to blame ALL muslims for the attacks and to view ALL muslims as potential terrorists

    Muslims are quite rightly (in my opinion) pissed off with being unfairly blamed for the actions of a handful of terrorists. But while I am with them in this regard, I can’t help thinking that it is the height of hypocrisy to complain about being blamed for the actions of a few extremists and then to blame/attack innocent people abroad because of the actions of some arsehole film producer in the USA !



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