Muslims are rallied in Sydney in response to the video which was used as an excuse by a group of Muslims to kill the US ambassador to Libya (who had nothing to do with the video).
Hundreds of protesters are arriving here in Hyde Park. They’re being met by equally amount of police. I’ve had someone who is in the crowd interpret what they’re yelling and saying, ‘Allah is great! There is no god greater than Allah’.
Pepper spray is being used and several protesters have been arrested. Police are passing around bottles of water and even more protesters are arriving as we speak.
One protester was saying, ‘Who are we going to get for spraying that gas at us?’Josh Bavas
Bavas says the protest is linked to a controversial low-budget film, Innocence of Muslims, which denigrates the Islamic Prophet Mohammed and belittles the religion he founded.
The film touches on themes such as paedophilia and homosexuality, while also showing the Prophet sleeping with women, talking about killing children and referring to a donkey as “the first Muslim animal”.
“We are sick and tired of everyone mocking our beloved Prophet,” protester Houda Dib told AFP.
“They have no right to mock our Prophet. We don’t go around mocking anyone’s religion.”
One speaker called for calm, saying the aim of their protest had been to send a message.
“We are here for the sake of our God,” he said.
“The message is clear, you cannot mock (the Prophet).”
The protests have resulted in six deaths up to this point. The catalyst for the protests was apparently a mass text message saying “We must defend the honour of our prophet, we must act now.” What, aside from the influence of faith, could make someone prioritize reacting to an insult over condemning a murderer?
To listen to prominent Muslim voices, you’d think the blame is always with the cartoonist, or the movie-maker, or even some asshole, but never with the barbarism of Islam. But imagine if for every study of the Koran these people had instead studied a science book. If their knowledge of the Koran could be wiped out entirely and replaced by a knowledge about how the world truly works, who could honestly argue that the world would not be better off?
Or imagine if their knowledge of the Koran’s existence never happened and, instead, they had read Twilight. Would these men still be demanding the heads of those who insulted them? If not, that should give you pause the next time you rush to defend the goodness of Islam.