Is anyone still having any illusion that Islam (even in its most moderate form) is compatible with freedom of expression?
Protests against the poorly made, (once) obscure movie “the innocence of the Muslims” are now targeting Google headquarters, and they are only starting. 10,000 protesters gathered outside Google offices in London demanding that the movie be taken down.
Organiser Masoud Alam said: “Our next protest will be at the offices of Google and YouTube across the world. We are looking to ban this film.
“This is not freedom of expression, there is a limit for that. This insult of the Prophet will not be allowed.
The group’s next action was a march Mr Alam hoped would be “a million strong” would take place in Hyde Park “in the next few weeks”, he said.
“Until it is banned we will keep protesting,” he added.
Some of them seem to need a dictionary.
One of the speakers, Sheikh Faiz Al-Aqtab Siddiqui, told The Daily Telegraph: “Terrorism is not just people who kill human bodies, but who kill human feelings as well. The makers of this film have terrorised 1.6 billion people.
Terrorized? Seriously? No guns, no explosive, no actual violence…just some bad acting? How can that “terrorize” anyone anyway?
Sheikh Siddiqui, a barrister from Nuneaton, said he wanted to form a coalition with the Church of England, Catholics, Jewish groups, Trade Unions and even Conservatives to encourage their ranks to join his “campaign for civility”.
“We want everyone in society to recognise these people are wrecking our fragile global society. We want the Church, the Synod, Jewish groups and establishment figures involved,” he said.
What, no secularists? Does that mean we are the last defenders of freedom of expression?
As many as 800 imams in mosques across Britain helped to organise today’s protest, which lasted four hours and blocked roads almost up to the Queen’s doorstep on Buckingham Palace Road.
As always, “moderates” are kind of like God: always missing in action.
But some of them do have a sense of humor.
Barricades were erected in front of Google’s headquarters and a crowd bearing placards with the words “We love our prophet more than our lives” and “Prophet Muhammad is the founder of freedom of speech” had amassed by lunchtime.
I well believe the first statement, but the second one…lol.