Not a Religious Zealot
I am not a religious zealot. I claim to be a moderate Muslim and probably the biggest supporter of freedom of expression. However, recently I stumbled across the blasphemous video that almost all of us are cognizant of- “innocence of Muslims.”
However, what astounded me was our government’s reaction to this fiasco. Our esteemed officials were in a quandary, that is, to block the link or to not block the link whilst secular countries across the globe took immediate action.
Apparently, United States of America has ratified Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights which recognizes freedom of expression as a human right. Is this a recent development that I was unaware of or is it only applicable where Muslims are concerned? Do they fail to understand that it has been further elucidated in the law that it is subjected to certain restrictions?
This kind of freedom of expression has incited violence across the globe. It has played a vital role in inundating feelings of resentment towards Islam in the West and vice versa. Why are the feelings of Muslims not taken into account when negative connotations are attached to the word they associate themselves with. Yes! I foist the blame on the advocates of freedom of expression who are responsible for the exponential rise in racism and violence across the globe.
I am not insinuating that I condone the assassination of the American ambassador in Lebanon because my religion has taught me to be steadfast and peaceful. (iE Editorial Board adds: It is an Islamic teaching that no man should be punished for another man’s crime)
It is imperative that we take a stand and peacefully protest against this malicious act but apparently the phrase “peaceful procession” has not existed in our dictionaries since Ghandi’s initiation of his passive resistance movement in the 20th century.
The purpose of this blog was to not victimize the Muslim ummah but to plead with them to help morph the image of Muslims as not terrorists but intellectuals who are capable of bringing about a positive change.