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Written by Andrew Puhanic
Published on Tuesday, September 18th, 2012
THE Innocence of Muslims movie has polarised the global Muslim community. It has caused an emotive response not seen since the infamous cartoons published in the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten in 2005.
In Australia alone, the distress caused by the Innocence of Muslims movie has even compelled parents to involve their children in the protests.
One parent forced their child to hold a sign saying “behead those who insult the Prophet”.
For some unknown reason, there appears to be reluctance from the main-stream media to analyse where the hatred of the Innocence of Muslims movie has spawned from.
Many have argued that the reason why the Innocence of Muslims movie sparked such a violent reaction was due to the insulting nature of the film. Others have argued that it’s because of the ignorance of the protestors.
Although there is some merit to the above two arguments, I would argue that most of the hatred towards the Innocence of Muslims movie was primarily derived from Islamic governments and their agenda of oppression and restriction of freedom of speech.
In most Islamic countries, freedom of speech is virtually non-existent. Governments of countries who have a majority Islamic populous don’t allow their citizens to express themselves in the same way as citizens of western countries do.
Freedom of speech, to Islamic countries, is considered blasphemous by their governments.
THEREFORE how can the West expect the faithful of Islam to tolerate movies and images such as those from the Innocence of Muslims movie and cartoons published in the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten when the majority of Muslims are never given the opportunity to participate in a society that has freedom of speech as its core value?
To prove my point, let’s examine the situation in Saudi Arabia:
Indonesia, Egypt and Libya also don’t provide their citizens the right to freedom of speech. In fact, the Innocence of Muslims movie has been banned in those countries.
Governments of Islamic countries systematically brainwash children with an ideology that is intolerant and not adaptive.
This has NOTHING to do with Islam and Islam is not to blame, rather the blame should be solely attributed to corrupt Globalist Islamic governments.
Therefore, If Muslim children are brainwashed from birth and are never exposed to a diverse range of opinions and ideologies, then how can they be expected to become open-minded and tolerant in adult-hood?
If Muslims in general are oppressed, lied too, never presented with factual and diverse opinions, how can we expect a fundamental change to occur?
At the end of the day, the reaction to the Innocence of Muslims movie was to be expected and in reality was a replica of the reaction to the cartoons published in the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten.
The majority of Muslims are not angry because of the insulting nature of the Innocence of Muslims movie, they are angry because they are not accustomed to the same freedoms (freedom of speech) that people from the west are accustomed to.
DO NOT blame Muslims for their emotive reaction to the Innocence of Muslims movie, instead blame the governments of Islamic counties because of their unwillingness to allow their citizens the right to freedom of speech and the opportunity to be exposed to alternative opinions that the west has become accustomed to.