Saturday, 15 September 2012

Innocence of the Muslims -An Exploding Controversy

This is the anti Islam video a that has caused a riots and a violent anti America reactions in the Middle East and all around the world and has lead to the deaths of some people including the American Ambassador to Libya.

I do not normally focus on religious views on this blog which is  more to do with African music and entertainment news events however after watching this movie on the net I felt compelled to make of few comments and try to find out what other Africans Muslim or Christains might feel.

I personally found the trailer quite disgusting and insulting to Islam as a religion, and I wonder why this guy Sam Bacile guy who allegedly made it was allowed to publish it in America, I thought all films had to be reviewed by the government films board before they could be published  if so was it approved? some may say it's in the interest of freedom of  speech and people should be allowed to publish whatever they want but then should people be allowed to publish material that would be offensive to the many millions of Muslims around the world where exactly do we draw the line - would  it be alright to publish a Nazi Propaganda film or a film glorifying Racism - I wonder .

I also wonder how much of this was about a person or group of people making a film because they had strong convictions or deep seated feelings against Islam or if they just wanted make a controversial film that would take the proverbial P out Islam in the name of entertainment because they thought it would be funny, or are there more sinister motives at play surely the backers and funders of this film must have known that if it saw the light of the day it would cause a massive controversy and reactions from the Muslin world especially at time when there is already so much that has gone on in places like Iraq,Libya, Afghanistan and Syria.

Is this a calculated attempt to cause even more hatred and friction between the West and the Islamic world for whatever reason or purpose, is there some kind of end game here or am reading too much into it - is the film more a culmination and symptomatic of the very strong anti Islamic feeling in America.   I do find it ironic that our governments are always talking about spreading peace and democracy in the Middle East and helping to free the people from so called dictators - then you get a film like this coming out which of course encourages more fundamentalism and serves as a great recruiting tool for extremist groups like Al Qaeda and so on.

On the other hand you might want to question why people should react so strongly to what is essentially just a movie, do people really have any justification for rioting and killing other innocent people,it or is there something fundamentally wrong here aren't religions supposed to spread peace, tolerance and forgiveness of one another.  what happened to that basic commandment 'thou shall not kill'

Anyone out there who would like to comment or air their views please feel free to do so.

Peace and Blessing 

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