It seems from news reports that the attack on the US Embassy in Libya was actually a planned terrorist attack. However, the other riots at US Embassies in the Middle-East and the threats and arrest of atheist Alber Saber were apparently a reaction to the ridiculously poor and unwatchable 14-minute trailer, “Innocence of Muslims.” While film critic would almost be justified in rioting after watching this, my question is, “Why did Muslim fundamentalists choose this to spark their outrage?”
If you go on the interwebs long enough it is pretty likely that even the thickest-skinned person could find something to be offended over. Muslims tend to have a reputation for being… how to put this… less than thick-skinned. Obviously not all Muslims are so easily offended, but the fact is that many are. It has become a stereotype for a reason and the fact that so many Muslims have been motived to riot because of this video is proves the point.
There is “Everyone Draw Muhammad Day,” Blasphemy Day, tons of websites, blogs, YouTube videos, etc. all criticizing Islam and Muhammad. Then there are the print books, magazine articles, South Park, and any number of other expressions of free speech which could potentially be offensive to Muslims. Why “Innocence of Muslims?”
How do these fundamentalist Muslims choose what is so offensive that they need to riot, arrest, and/or kill people over? Is it random? Does some Muslim cleric reach into a hat and pick out something to riot over? Personally, I think it might be easier for them to just grow a thicker-skin. Ideally, they should just stop believing in such ridiculous things that lend themselves to such mockery for being so ridiculous. But then again most religions have that problem.