The Innocence of Muslims?

A US ambassador is killed in an embassy. People, if the rioters can claim such a title, chant the name of a film producer, Morris Sadek.* Sadek’s crime? He made fun of Islam and mocked the prophet Mohammed.

Well boo-hoo.

Fundamentalist thugs who think it right to kill others for mocking their religion deserve no consideration whatsoever. They should be terminated with extreme prejudice if actually performing the act of murder and brought to justice if caught afterward. No human being need die at the hands of such sub-human lunatics. Thanks heavens most Muslims are innocent of this abominable way of behaving.

Discussions of whether the film in question stirred anger are immaterial. There is no justification for murder in the name of religion. Yet our own President seems more anxious to make sure no one gets his/her feelings hurt about their religion than to let the world know that no one does this to America and lives to tell about it. As embarrassing as it is to quote Sarah Palin, the President does need to grow a bigger stick.

Every religion has elements of stupidity. Satire and mockery are effective ways to prompt the examination of old, useless, or downright crazy ideas. Religion and the religious grow when challenged, even if that challenge comes in the form of ridicule. That is, unless we are so firmly entrenched in our foolishness that we think we should be protected from hearing different views.

This simple idea has escaped our government, apparently. Before the violence, we have this statement from our government (quoted from CNN online):

In a statement on Tuesday morning – before the violence – the U.S. Embassy in Egypt wrote that it “condemns the continuing efforts by misguided individuals to hurt the religious feelings of Muslims – as we condemn efforts to offend believers of all religions.”

Hurt the feelings? Since when does someone else’s feelings define the limits of my freedom of speech? We have something to teach the Muslim world, or at least that part of it that believes killing infidels is appropriate. Keep your ******* hands off us. Those who are able to master that lesson may move on to number two: Freedom, including freedom of speech is non-negotiable. We will not tolerate those who cannot learn to let others think and speak their consciences. Feel free to quote me, Mr. President, since you don’t seem to have the necessary tools to say something like it yourself.

More from the US Embassy in Egypt (also from CNN):

“Respect for religious beliefs is a cornerstone of American democracy,” the statement continued. “We firmly reject the actions by those who abuse the universal right of free speech to hurt the religious beliefs of others.”

Wrong. We are not obligated to respect any belief, religious or otherwise. America is not about respecting others’ ideas. It is about respecting their right to have and express those ideas. The same principle that gives Joe the right to claim Mohammed was a messenger of God gives Jane the right to make fun of The Prophet.

After the attacks, it became apparent that the specter of the Ridiculous Left would arise:

Some U.S. officials spoke to the tension between U.S. support for free speech and what some have described as the film’s “hate speech,” in reacting to the attacks.

“Hate speech” is the left’s way of doing an end-run around the First Amendment. There is no such thing. “Hate speech” means some people have a special right not to be insulted. Oh, really? Bet that shoe doesn’t fit quite as well when the other side is writing the rules.

Then, to top it off, we have Hillary Clinton:

“The United States deplores any intentional effort to denigrate the religious beliefs of others,” U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said in a statement.

And, as an afterthought:

“Our commitment to religious tolerance goes back to the very beginning of our nation,” she said. “But let me be clear: There is never any justification for violent acts of this kind.”

Thanks for that last sentence, Hillary. You had me worried.

America has erred grievously on many occasions, but those errors were once because we failed to live up to our ideals of liberty and justice. Now we have lost our way completely. We no longer even know what those ideals are. They have been dismantled and trashed by a government that knows no defining ethical principle and has no shame. We are letting the worst in humanity ride herd over the best. If we allow it to continue, we deserve what we get.


*Or perhaps Sam Becile, another pseudonym associated with the film.

About Terry Noel

I am an Associate Professor of Management and Quantitative Methods at Illinois State University. My specialty is entrepreneurship.
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1 Response to The Innocence of Muslims?

  1. Dick Richards says:

    Personally, I see no need to be embarassed for quoting Sarah Palin.


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