count2infinity wrote:I really think this was all planned and they're using the film as a "reason" to do this crap. It's really starting to get scary.
As with the riots and bloodshed following the publications of the Danish Mohammad cartoons, I’m sure this outrage had been carefully fanned and cultivated by persons who want to use it to their political advantage. How better for Islamist movements to cement their recent electoral gains than whipping up some good-old indignant religious fury? After all, don’t people tend to vote more conservative during wartime? How better to get more votes for religious-based parties than to convince the citizenry that their religion is under attack (whether real or imagined)? And it also serves as easy cover to attack unwanted groups of people—not just Westerners, but also local unwanteds like the Christian Copts in Egypt.
For a better insight into what is going on, I suggest reading Silenced: How Apostasy and Blasphemy Codes are Choking Freedom Worldwide
. What is going on is no less than an international effort on the part of Muslim-majority nations to change how the Western world defines and enforces its defamation laws. Our laws prohibit the defamation of people
, not abstract concepts like religions. We have a right to be aggrieved if someone defames us personally, but not if someone merely attacks or mocks a concept we support, whether that concept is religion or otherwise. Demands to prohibit “religious insults” or anything that “defames religion” are no less than demands to completely change our legal concepts and traditions.