A few scenes from Innocence of Muslims was enough for me to understand that free speech not only gives you the opportunity to make a horse’s ass out of yourself, but declare war on a religious group that ended costing the lives of USAmerican citizens in Libya.
The stance of the Finnish Islamic Council (SINE) concerning the fourteen-minute film must be commended. In a common statement, SINE condemned both the film that offends the Prophet Mohammed and the violence that it sparked. ”The sacred values of Muslims are constantly targets of attacks in the West,” the statement declares.
There is little sympathy for “Sam Bacile tirade.
One of these is Salman Rushdie, the author of the Satanic Verses, which caused outrage from conservative Muslims for blasphemy and mocking their faith.
Reporter: Do you feel that that person has done something terribly wrong?
Salman Rushdie: I think he [Bacile] has done something malicious. That’s a very different thing from writing a serious novel. He’s clearly set out to provoke and he has obviously unleashed a much bigger reaction than he hoped for, and one of the problems of free speech is that you often have to defend people who are outrageous, unpleasant and disgusting.
Reporter: So when you saw that man taken in for questioning over the weekend completely shrouded to mask his appearance any level of sympathy there?
SR: Not really.
Reporter: Why not?
SR: He did it on purpose and he set out to create a response and he got it in spades.
These types of movies that aim to insult other groups are no different from the Islamophobic hate speech we are seeing in Europe these days.
The last matter that these extremists are interested in is free speech.
Free speech is only a catchword they use to eventually limit such an inalienable right.