Since September 11,2001, I have often heard that true Muslims are not terrorists and that those who truly follow the religion are peaceful. Many have proliferated this view, including the President of the United States, who addressing the Islamic Center in Washington, D.C., said, “Islam is peace. “
My knowledge of the Islamic faith is limited. I am not a Muslim scholar, nor do I know very many Muslims. Those I know are all upstanding citizens of the United States. The fact that Islam may not be a peaceful religion may never have even crossed my mind again, but in the past week it has.
Today in Nigeria, 16 people were killed. Most of these were Christians. These Christians, some killed in churches, were murdered by violent rioters who were torching churches, shops, and vehicles. These rioters were Muslims. Why were they rioting? Because of Danish cartoons.
The protests around the world over these cartoons are ridiculous. Muslims are infuriated over these depictions of Mohammad that were published in the Jyllands-Posten, a Danish newspaper. You can read the reasons behind all of that here, but I’m not going to recount it all for you.
Have you heard of Kanye West? Perhaps you caught him on the cover of Rolling Stone last month. I didn’t see any Christians burning KFC’s in Libya.
What kind of religion is so infuriated by cartoons that they start burning things and killing people? Where is the freedom of speech?
I understand that there is controversy over “hate speech” and “freedom of speech”. Personally, I would tend to error on the side of free speech. People should be able to print what they want, when they want. No matter who it offends, they should not be stopped. Do I think Kayne West was inappropriate by posing as Jesus Christ? Yes, I do. Do I think he had a right to do that and have Rolling Stone publish it? Absolutely.
Is Islam peaceful? I don’t really know. But ask those killed in Africa, Asia, and the Middle East over the past few weeks. I think they know the answer.
What do you think?