People outside the U.S. Embassy in Indonesia,
protest the film
Innocence of Muslims
the man in the picture, Nakoula
known to much of the world as Sam Bacile.
for Islamic Extremists are Just as Guilty (Sol, Portugal)
"What so puzzles
me is the sight of fundamentalists invading embassies and killing people, all
in the name of their sacred religion, without a word from advocates of freedom.
When Catholics protest the showing of a movie, such as Hail Mary, they are attacked and considered enemies of freedom. But
when someone decides to violently attack U.S. and Western interests, these same
people look the other way."
By Vitor Rainho
Translated By Andréia Barbosa da Silva
October 1, 2012
- Sol - Original Article (Portuguese)
Freedom of expression has always been one of the sacred
values for democratic countries. Regardless of religious belief, political
climate, or any other factor, democracy is characterized by the idea
that every individual can think whatever they want, as long as, obviously, they
don’t undermine the existing system.
For this reason, whenever a political party that proclaims
Nazi ideology appears, it is considered illegal. The same doesn't happen with
respect to other doctrines that are responsible for as many or more deaths than
Hitler's immoral movement ... But that's another story.
Caught up in our nation's crisis, little attention has been
paid to what is happening in the Arab world. Because of a poorly-made movie that
refers to the Prophet Muhammad released in the United States, radical Muslims have
decided to attack all symbols of the United States - and Western values, in
general. In Germany, the government and opposition haven't come to an agreement
on banning the film. In Russia, Putin’s opponents may well protest the fact
that the film will not be available. Interestingly, there are few voices defending
the freedom of expression of the film's producers. I'm not particularly keen on
movies that affront peoples faiths, but my collection of favorite movies does
include The Life of Brian,
one of Monty Python’s best.
What so puzzles me is the sight of fundamentalists invading
embassies and killing people, all in the name of their sacred religion, without
a word from advocates of freedom. When Catholics protest the showing of a
movie, such as Hail Mary,
they are attacked and considered enemies of liberty. But when someone decides
to violently attack U.S. and Western interests, these same people look the
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To such people, freedom of speech only matters when the
ideas are politically convenient. It is therefore not surprising that so many side
with the Islamic fundamentalists. After all, if they could, they would also
persecute those who think differently from them.
P.S. Recent rallies in Portugal have reinforced the power of
social networks. Without them, it would be difficult for any political movement
to take to the streets with such a cross section of the country's people. Despite
the serious problems they are facing, the protesters have given us all a great lesson
in good citizenship.
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