Muslims prioritizing insults over murder.

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?

Six people dead, because their religion cannot be insulted.  I’m sure Chris Stedman will stick his head out in no time to point out that not all Muslims are driven mad by their faith, as if that somehow converts Islam from a poison to a tonic.

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.

About JT Eberhard

When not defending the planet from inevitable apocalypse at the rotting hands of the undead, JT is a writer and public speaker about atheism, gay rights, and more. He spent two and a half years with the Secular Student Alliance as their first high school organizer. During that time he built the SSA’s high school program and oversaw the development of groups nationwide. JT is also the co-founder of the popular Skepticon conference and served as the events lead organizer during its first three years.

  • Brad Matthews

    Science forbid that these people feel some anger about their personal philosophy and hero be insulted. That should never happen! Muslims should just lay down and let people insult them!

    This sounds like some good ol’ victim-blaming right here. Shame the victims when they try to protest against people wronging them. Good job, JT.

    • Brad Matthews

      Wow, my grammar is atrocious here. Forgive that much. You get the general message.

      • Loqi

        It’s not the grammar that is the atrocious part.

        • John Horstman

          +1

    • ah58

      Brad,
      You’re an idiot. What JT is talking about is the degree of reaction (murder) vs. what was actually done (insulting a religion). The Islamic “victims” certainly have a right to speak out and condemn the makers of the film if they’re offended. What this offense doesn’t do is entitle them to go on murderous rampages and call for the death of those that don’t respect their religion. This is all out of proportion to what was done to them.

      Who exactly is the target of this anger anyhow? Some amorphous “West”? This violence is unfocused. It’s not targeted at the actual people who made this film. It’s a like a tantrum thrown by a child. The US government wasn’t involved in making this film, so why storm our embassy?

      • ah58

        sorry about the double post. Patheos timed out on the first attempt and didn’t appear to take it.

    • ah58

      Brad,
      So you think calling for people’s death for insulting their religion is an acceptable reaction? What JT is talking about is the degree of reaction (murder) vs. what was actually done (insulting a religion). The Islamic “victims” certainly have a right to speak out and condemn the makers of the film if they’re offended. What this offense doesn’t do is entitle them to go on murderous rampages and call for the death of those that don’t respect their religion. This is all out of proportion to what was done to them.

      Who exactly is the target of this anger anyhow? Some amorphous “West”? This violence is unfocused. It’s not targeted at the actual people who made this film. It’s a like a tantrum thrown by a child. The US government wasn’t involved in making this film, so why storm our embassy?

    • Lyfa

      Let’s see, killing several people, attacking embassies, violating diplomatic immunity, yes clearly these are completely blameless victims doing this for a good cause. /sarcasm

    • RowanVT

      Sooo…. “You called someone I love a big ol’ meanie poopyhead therefore I’m GOING TO KILL YOU” is a completely reasonable response?

      Geeze I hope I live far away from you….

    • just shut the fuck up

      Yeah, those Muslims were victims of that video. They were obviously being oppressed by a guy 6,500 miles away posting his opinion of their religion on youtube. They had no other option but to murder the nearest American.

    • Nate Frein

      Yeah. I can see this one showing up on the next comment round-up.

    • Azkyroth

      So, basically, what you’re saying is that Muslims are such broken, stunted human beings that they can’t possibly “feel some anger” without resorting to violence?

      Why do you have such a low opinion of them?

  • Jim Deakin

    what???
    You think murder and rioting is a rational response to someone insulting a mythical person?
    They aren’t the ones who were insulted, their religion is. If you can insult a philosophy…

    Why don’t they respond by making a video in response? or if they have to attack someone, at least find someone who had something to do with the video that’s upset them! And even then ‘attack’ should be with words not violence.

  • Gareth

    “They have no right to mock our Prophet. ”

    Wrong. We can mock whatever we feel like. Sticks and stones, people?

  • Laurence

    I think that the movie was just an excuse to execute a long planned assault on the embassy. From all the information I’ve seen, the attack on the embassy had been planned for quite a while. They just got lucky to have the cover of the protests or whatever. This doesn’t change the fact that rioting and killing people over someone insulting your religion and/or religious figure is totally wrong and not an appropriate response.

    • Lyfa

      Also, even if the embassy part was done by some completely different group for different reasons, the protesters basically just cheered them on. That’s makes the accessory in my book. How many international treaties did they break with that embassy thing again?

  • Joe

    The most disturbing photo of the Sydney protest I’ve seen was one of a kid (around 10 years old, I think. I’m not great at judging ages) holding a sign saying “Behead all those who insult the Prophet.” The sign itself is bad enough, but the fact that a little kid was holding it made it even worse.

  • Neil Card

    Funny how its inbred morons like you folks that Cry and Scream the loudest for God when you get hurt or are dieing, I just wish God wasnt so merciful and would let you Bastards Suffer.

    • Drakk

      Feel that Christian Love.

      • Lyfa

        Why do I suddenly feel like linking Greta’s talk about Atheist anger?

    • Dave Pearce

      lol

    • Dave Pearce

      I was going to say more, but why bother – this is either a poe, or if Neil Card is serious I’d just be wasting my breath, so I’ll just laugh – the appropriate response either way.

    • Joe

      The terrible punctuation and random capitalisation is certainly making me suffer.

    • Azkyroth

      Funny how its inbred morons like you folks that cry and scream the loudest for god when you get hurt or are dying. I just wish God wasnt so merciful and would let you bastards suffer.

      Fixed the English for you. The sociopathic stupidity is beyond my skill to heal, however.

      Sincerely, N. Bred. Moron.

    • John Horstman

      Gotta be a Poe troll; even Random Caps Christians would have no reason to capitalize “cry” and “scream”.

  • Mark

    How is it faith when you don’t trust that your god can mete out its own vengeance?

  • Rob

    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?

    Yeah, probably

  • SuperMental

    Enjoyed this great article. Thank you JT.

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