Nobody likes the anti-Islamic movie Innocence of Muslims. If you can even call it a movie. The current incarnation of it is a 15 minute trailer on Youtube that I’m pretty certain I could produce better.
Innocence of Muslims, in whatever form it exists, was released months ago. The idea that it actually is responsible for any of the mobbing and rioting is silly, since its quite clear that this was a protest organized on 9/11. Whoever started the protest needed something to rally the mobs with, and the threat of a movie that insults the Prophet Muhammed was all that was needed to anger the poor, uneducated Egyptian mobs that now demand its “banning”. A movie they have never seen, have no opportunity to ever see, and are rioting over only on hearsay. In fact, the reason for the protests is general anti-Americanism. Some random video just happens to be a convienent excuse to make them look justified. So they “demand” a banning of the movie.
The banning of a movie in a country of Free Speech, where the music industry is allowed to write things like “Die Pig Die”,
By law, mind you, this is okay. Or where Bill Maher’s anti-religion documentary Religulous not only mocks Christianity, but spends a decent amount of time mocking Islam:
I saw Religulous in theaters, actually. Heh.
The point I’m making is that these things are not only really controversial and, at least in the case of Cop Killer by Ice-T, I think most Americans would agree these are not the messages we want permeating our culture. But we allow it. We do it. Because what’s more important in our culture is the constitution and the First Amendment, and for a lot of people the most important thing is to defend people’s right to say the things that they say, even when we disagree with it.
So the idea that we would take these tantruming rioters seriously when they say “ban this movie!” (or video really), was kind of laughable. At least, until this current administration decided that was a great idea.
Both Hilary Clinton and Barack Obama have been parroting the purported reasoning behind these riots. In fact, White House press secretary Jay Carney said this:
Not against American policy? Really? Something seems off to me about that. But if Jay Carney and Hilary Clinton and Barack Obama all believe that, good on them I guess. If they miss the real point of the rioting, that just serves to indicate their own ineptitude. But that doesn’t excuse what they did afterward:
Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, 55, was interviewed at the station in his hometown of Cerritos, Calif., Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Deputy Don Walker said.
Federal officials are investigating whether Nakoula, who has been convicted of financial crimes, has violated the terms of his five-year probation. If so, a judge could send him back to prison.
That’s right. “Federal authorities” are literally LOOKING for ways to put this guy back in prison. Now don’t get me wrong, this guy is a douchebag. Everyone that could be found who worked on his video claims he lied to them about what the movie was even about. His past crime that he’s on probation for include making up social security numbers to steal money. But even Youtube itself has found that the video he made is “well within” the guidelines for videos on the site, and they’ve refused the White House’s request to block the video. Yes, the White House requested censoring it from the entire world.
So the question is, if its okay to ask Google to censor free speech, if its ok to look for ways to persecute someone for something they did, why not Bill Maher? If anti-religious videos cause mass violence and destruction, why aren’t we going after the creator of Religulous? Oh, that’s right, because it doesn’t.
People are responsible for their own reactions. Yet if you were to listen to some people, it would seem like the Muslim rioters reaction was unavoidable. Like this is all they can do: they’re too sub-human, you see, to have any faculties like … self-control!
Out-spoken celebrity Bette Midler, for instance, agrees with the White House and feels that the deaths of these people are the fault of … Nakoula Basseley Nakoula.
Who are the idiots that made the video and put it on Youtube? When do we meet them? They should be charged with murder.
Genius, Bette, genius. And this is coming from someone who should understand how important Freedom of Speech is to someone’s artistic expression.
Where does this sort of chaos end? Are we going to sacrifice our most fundamental values to appease anti-American acts of violence? Once we do so, who can we crucify next?