Muslims Protest at Google Offices Over Anti-Islam Video

The Telegraph reports that “Muslims protest ‘age of mockery’ as thousands descend on Google HQ.” Many Muslims are understandably offended by the anti-Islam video ‘The Innocence of Muslims’ published on YouTube. They do not care about free speech and plan to protest until the video is banned.

At least one of these Muslim leaders wants to shut down free speech and the spread of ideas contrary to Islam. He even redefined terrorism to include hurt feelings and calls Google’s right to free speech anarchy.

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.

“Organisations like Google are key players and have to take responsibility for civility. You can’t just say it doesn’t matter that it’s freedom of speech. It’s anarchy.”

How many people have Islam terrorized? When will Muslims take responsibility? Speaking of “killing human feelings,” how are Christians supposed to take Islamic idea terrorism when Muslims take our Jesus Christ and deny He is God the Son, His virgin birth, resurrection, etc.?

How exactly is Google responsible for the actions of blood thirsty Muslims who overreact to an anti-Islamic video? Regardless of religion, individuals are responsible for their reactions and do not get to blame shift simply because they are offended. Real anarchy occurs when the protesting Muslims try to over throw existing rights of others in favor solely of their particular religion.

The real problem is that Islam has robbed its followers of Jesus Christ and His gospel. Jesus offers what Mohammad cannot and has overcome the world for His sheep.

Behold, the hour is coming, indeed it has come, when you will be scattered, each to his own home, and will leave me alone. Yet I am not alone, for the Father is with me. I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.” (John 16:32-33 ESV)

The world is unfair – that’s life. The world has been unfair to Christians too – that’s life. Muslims need Jesus – that’s eternal life.

“All things have been handed over to me by my Father, and no one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and anyone to whom the Son chooses to reveal him. Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” (Matthew 11:27-30 ESV)

For what it’s worth…

Mark

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The above article was posted on October 15, 2012 by Mark Lamprecht.
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1 Christiane October 15, 2012 at 1:42 pm

I suppose respect for people of other faiths is a value not shared by some Christian people, but the majority of Christian people DO respect the dignity of other human beings of good will who, in good conscience, hold another faith dear.

Is there a problem with the Muslims protesting? They are just exercising THEIR right to free speech.

2 Mark October 15, 2012 at 2:43 pm

One can have respect for other faiths such as Islam while at the same time respecting someone’s right to make the anti-Islam video. I don’t necessarily agree with the video nor Islam, but I am not attempting to shut down the right of either party to either practice their faith or practice their video making.

The Muslims can protest all they want, but exercising their free speech is not the same as trying to get Google to ban the video.

3 Christiane October 15, 2012 at 6:28 pm

Needing Jesus is something that applies to ALL of us. I think the kind of people behind that video had ‘the legal right’ to make it, but if the video panders to the crowd that pays to see and hear anti-Muslim hate-speech which is untruthful about the Islamic faith, then we cannot say, as Christians, that the video does in any way honor Christ, nor does supporting that video put CHRISTIANS in a position of witness to Our Lord.

We know from ‘pornography’ films that it may be ‘legal’ to make them, but thank God some people protested certain kinds of pornographic films that originally were not illegal.

Films have an impact on others, sometimes tragic.
If the content of a film leads to tragedy in any venue, might be better for Christians not to hop on the train of ‘free speech’ without discernment . . . Islamophobia and homophobia have led to violence, free speech aside. Discernment and wisdom give Christian people guidance about how they are perceived by those of other faiths . . . that it be in a Christ-honoring way is my hope.

4 Mark October 16, 2012 at 8:57 am

Is the video really hate speech? What are the inaccuracies?

Pornography is a great parallel to Islam, thanks. Islam is anti-Christian hate speech, but you want them to freely practice their religion.

The violence, again, is from blood thirsty Muslims so it is not right to blame the video. Unless, however, you would like to encourage Christians to turn violent at every offense while excusing said violence.

I believe Christians can use a film like this to argue for free speech, however offensive, while promoting the gospel effectively.

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