Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Enough With The "Religion of Outrage"

In the wake of the senseless murders of US Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and three others at a US consulate in Benghazi, Libya, I found this tidbit on the AP website in the on this date in history section:

2006In a speech in his native Germany, Pope Benedict XVI quoted from an obscure medieval text that characterized some teachings of Islam's founder as "evil and inhuman," unleashing a torrent of rage across the Islamic world.
US Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens
 The attack on the US Embassy was triggered by reaction to a YouTube video titled Innocence of Muslims created by Sam Bacile (which sounds like imbecile) who is described as anti-Islamic. The centerpiece of this "outrage" is this cheesy, idiotic video that these maniacs somehow associate with all Americans. Here is a trailer of the video that sparked the incident in Libya and another in Cairo:

I compare this what we commonly see on news broadcasts, protesters or whatever you want to call them burning the American flag or some political figure in effigy.

How many times have we seen this scenario?
Do we then see hordes of American lunatics storming the embassies of these countries, ripping down their flags and murdering their ambassadors?

The answer obviously is a resounding no.

Flag and effigy burning doesn't sit well with most people, but Americans certainly don't take to the streets and commit these senseless acts of rage and violence.

But extremist Islamists do.

In this case, someone posts a YouTube video that sparks "outrage" (that word I think is becoming the most dangerous word there is) and they attack an embassy and kill four innocent people who have nothing to do with the video.

Also in this case, instead of just burning the American flag or an effigy, they murdered Ambassador Stevens and three others and carried Ambassador Stevens' body through the streets.

Where is the "outrage" in the Muslim community to condemn this behavior and stop the violence?
Where is the common sense?
Why can't they simply condemn the video as what it is, a piece of trash and move on?

When Salman Rushdie wrote the Satanic Verses in 1988, it also sparked "outrage" in the Muslim world and a fatwa was issued condemning Rushdie to death.

Why not condemn Sam Bacile?

I just don't understand why innocent people have to murdered in the name of defending whatever belief it is that anyone has.

And Salman Rushdie is still alive.

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