Too hot for Canada! Innocence of Muslims and Terry Jones; the painful truth about Mohammad
Sam spent years researching “Innocence of Muslims.” He put the movie together out of a passion for the truth and compassion for those who have suffered and are suffering because of the legacy of one man: Mohammad, the prophet of Islam. We talked to Sam as the rioting was breaking out in Egypt, Libya and across the world. (Sam Bacile, also known by other names, but we are sticking with Sam to save confusion...) He was shocked and saddened that people were being killed because of reactions to his movie. He did not expect that and never intended it.
The suffering under Islam goes on in Egypt. Amnesty UK has reported this month (Oct 17th) about a man facing trial for publishing “Innocence of Muslims.”
“Alber Saber Ayad, an activist from the 2011 uprising, is charged with “defamation of religion”. If convicted he could receive a six-year prison sentence and a fine of 500 Egyptian Pounds (approximately GBP £50). His trial resumes today before a Cairo misdemeanor court.
“Ayad was arrested at his home in Cairo on 13 September, a day after angry groups of men had surrounded and tried to break into his house and called for his death, accusing him of heresy and atheism and of promoting “Innocence of Muslims” – a short film regarded by many as offensive.
“His mother called the police for protection but when they eventually arrived the next day they arrested Ayad and confiscated his personal computer and CDs.
“Amnesty International's Middle East and North Africa Programme Deputy Director Hassiba Hadj Sahraoui said:
“Alber Saber Ayad is a prisoner of conscience, detained solely for peacefully exercising his right to freedom of expression and should be released immediately and unconditionally.
“Criticism of religions and other beliefs and ideas is a vital component of the right to freedom of expression. Laws – such as blasphemy laws – that criminalise such criticism violate human rights.
"Criticism, insult or mockery does not interfere with the individual believer’s freedom of religion, however offensive they may find it."
“Alber Saber Ayad told his lawyers that while in detention, a police officer in El Marg Prison incited other detainees to attack him.
“The detainees beat Ayad and cut him with a razor blade along his neck. He was then taken to another room where he was beaten by 20 prisoners and forced to remain standing all night.
“His lawyers fear for his safety in prison and outside if released. They also fear for the safety of his mother and sister who have been threatened and forced to leave their home which was surrounded by angry mob.”
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Why are angry mobs of Muslims so angry? Why do police act to appease the angry mobs of Muslims? The movie trailer is poorly made, but it is the truth.
Luis Palme has written, in Deference as a Cover for Defects,
“most of the crudely-dramatized vignettes in the video were taken directly from highly-respected hadith and biography accounts of Muhammad. (See endnote.) The outrage was not over the inaccuracy of the portrayals, but rather, about the exposure of the shameful side of a man whose reputation has been protected through extreme deference by faithful Muslims. For their part, the producers of the clip would probably argue that uncritical reverence for Muhammad has allowed militants to parlay his violent pronouncements into an international call-to-arms that threatens all non-Muslim civilizations. So the question becomes, “Should respect for X prevent the public from knowing about the imminent danger of blindly respecting X?”
“...speaking up truthfully about something that is dangerous saves lives and is to be commended, not condemned."
Palme continues, “Rebecca Bynum has stated quite eloquently the dilemma regarding Islam:
“”Real peacemaking is the result of the stout and unyielding defense of the values our civilization was founded upon. We can start by defending the truth concerning the differences between Islam and Western civilization. We can attempt to bring the enemy to his senses (non-violently) by pointing out the errors in his understanding of reality, because the truth is, Islam is deeply and profoundly wrong. Pretending it is right only worsens our situation by delaying actions that must be taken if our civilization, however imperfect and unseemly it may be, is to be preserved. (“Allah Is Dead – Why Islam is Not a Religion,” pg. 61)
“Rational people do not “respect” something because they are legally required to show deference. True respect is earned by the qualities that a person or ideology exhibit. Other religious and political ideologies have had to make radical changes in order to earn public respect. The Mormon (LDS) religion had to abandon polygamy and discrimination against African-Americans to find acceptance in the United States. Nazism was outlawed because there was no way to reconcile its racist and violent ideology with Western civilization. Despite the one billion plus followers of Islam, their insistence on respect for their ideology must be preceded by conclusive evidence that their sacred texts, values, and actions are worthy praise and commendation.”
The “Innocence of the Muslims” trailer is accurate, Palme writes:
“Most of us have seen “Innocence of the Muslims” the film trailer that sparked rioting which resulted in over 50 dead and millions of dollars of damage. Here is the link, just in case:
“Listed below are the scenes (by time-stamp and theme) along with the references to Islamic sacred texts that provide support for the assertions:
3:02 - Muhammad’s father is unknown. (His father died before he was born, and his mother never raised him.) Ishaq, The Life of Muhammad, para. 105
3:45 - Young Muhammad taking orders from and married to older Khadija – Ishaq, para. 120
4:43 -Muhammad buries his face in Khadija’s garments to determine if visions are divine or satanic – Ishaq, para. 154
5:24 - Khadija’s cousin Waraqa is a Christian scholar who helped Muhammad – Ishaq, para. 121
5:43 - Muhammad’s revelations stopped when Waraqa died, prompting him to consider suicide – Sahih al-Bukhari, Vol. 6, No. 478
6:27 - Muslims used booty for their income – Quran Surah 48:20
6:35 – “Muhammad is our messenger and the Quran is our constitution.” -- taken from the Muslim Brotherhood oath
7:19 - Muhammad given special privileges regarding women and marriage – Quran Surah 33:37-38
8:37 - Muhammad is linked to Allah in authority and worship – Quran Surahs 3:32, 4:80, 8:20, 9:71, 24:47, 24:54, 47:33, 61:11, 64:8. 64:12, and many others
9:11 - Abu Bakr gives his nine-year-old Aisha in marriage to fifty-five-year-old Muhammad -- Sahih al-Bukhari Vol. 5, No. 234
9:27 - Muhammad and Omar are “gay.” (With nineteen wives and concubines, Muhammad had very few children and no male heirs.) References to bizarre sexual behavior can be found in Sahih al-Bukhari, Book 4, No. 143, Sahih al-Bukhari, No. 2393, and Sahih Muslim, Nos. 3663 and 3674. The story about Omar apparently comes from this Shiite cleric’s speech: http://ibloga.blogspot.com/2012/06/london-based-shiite-cleric-yasser-al....
11:15 – An elderly woman, Umm Qirfa, is torn in two by two camels – Ishaq, para. 980
11:32 – “Whoever refuses to follow Islam has only two choices – pay extortion or die.” – Quran Surah 9:29
12:38 - Torture of Kinana bin al-Rabi (a Jew) in front of his wife, Safiya, who Muhammad later raped – Ishaq, paras. 764 – 767
13:10 - Fight between Muhammad and two of his wives – Hafsa and Aisha – when he is caught in bed with Hafsa’s Coptic slave Maryah after he had promised not to sleep with her. This is the subject of Quran Surah 66.
13:43 - “Every non-Muslim is an infidel; their land, women and children are our spoils.” – Ishaq, para. 484
(Source: Luis Palme, Deference as a Cover for Defects)
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The Canadian Border's deference to Islam
Is this information not all readily available in Canada? Has the movie trailer not already been watched by millions of Canadians? It is on the internet, and if the full version is posted on the internet at some point, won't that also be available to Canadians?
Yet on Thursday, Oct 11th, the Canadian Border police were all in a panic about the movie and stopping a copy of it entering the country with Terry Jones. Terry Jones had no copy of the Innocence of Muslims trailer or the full length movie at the border crossing. He was searched, his luggage, car, phone, computer were searched. He was repeatedly questioned about the movie.
Why? Canada has angry mobs of Muslims and, as it turns out, are afraid. Terry Jones has no criminal record, has not been violent and was not planning to be violent or to call for violence. He was planning to speak against violence and oppression.
He was turned away with a demand of proof that he did not have a criminal record, nothing about Islam or the movie given as an official reason. What they did know was that Terry Jones has no respect for Islam or Mohammad, and is not afraid to say so. He is concerned with saving lives. You would have thought that Canada would be too. What is the world coming to?