Why Aren't the Copts Allowed to Be Outraged At Their Vilification By Muslims?
I’ve been reading the commentary in the papers from apologists for the islamic protesters attacking cops here on the weekend as part of the anti-film protests. Muslims are reacting to wider oppression, it’s not really about the film, in fact it’s all about the infidels, they insist. Islamophobia. The drones. The jews. Afghanistan. Osama. America. Whoever and whatever other gormless attempt at ‘helping’ muslims gets dreamed up by idealists in the alliance of the deluded. It's them, not us.
But no one is asking whether or not the film was inspired by the relentless and violent oppression of the Egyptian Coptic community, which is routinely beaten up and its churches burned. If muslim reaction to oppression is considered justifiable, why is coptic reaction to oppression considered reprehensible? What’s the difference?
I’ve come to think that broad deism, or pantheism, the idea there is some unknown higher power, is a perfectly good way to rationalise our sentient existence on a speck of dust in the abyss. Some people need this. Let them have it. But religions which insist they are right, claim on the basis of no proof that dissenters are in league with satan and will be burned alive, beheaded, tortured – this includes all three monotheistic faiths – should face censorship.
All threats, belittling of unbelievers, attempts to dehumanise, appeals to force on behalf of naked assertions should be excised from the texts and banned by law. Before anyone says this breaches freedom of expression, I could not found an atheistic creed that espoused insults, hatred, torture and murder of jews, christians or muslims. Yet their doctrines are considered sacred despite the profound vileness of them. They are immune to morality.
I just had to get that of my chest....Oh, and I watched the whole movie. Personally, I think there are things in the Koran itself that insult the integrity of prophet more than that pathetic drivel.
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