This article contains this appalling statement: "Such statements could not but stir the Muslim community." The West is completely losing the idea that one's reactions are one's own responsibility, and that the only people to blame for violent thuggery are the thugs themselves. This is a massive capitulation to violent Islamic intimidation and a retreat from the principle of freedom of speech, which involves the societal agreement that one will not respond to being offended with violence or attempts to shut the offender down. Freedom of speech is our foremost bulwark against tyranny, and tyranny is coming.
"'Allah's enemy!' Radio host slash-attacked for anti-Islam rant on air," from Russia Today, May 29 (thanks to Pamela Geller):
A radio host has been hospitalized after being cut 15 times by an unidentified criminal. Two weeks ago the journalist ventured to criticize the founder of Islam, the Prophet Mohammed, on air.
RT, like the rest of the mainstream media, assumes that we are all Muslims now and all acknowledge Muhammad as a prophet.
Sergey Aslanyan, 46, was brought to Moscow’s hospital with numerous non-penetrating knife wounds to the chest, neck and arm.
According to the police report, on late Monday evening an unknown man called to Aslanyan’s flat over the building intercom and called him outside for a talk. When the journalist stepped out of the entranceway he was knocked over the head with a heavy object, after which the assailant brought the knife into play.
Aslanyan claimed that the attacker was shouting “you are Allah's enemy!” while slashing at the victim.
Police say the abuser was a slim man of about 30, while according to some witnesses there were several attackers....
Still, Izvestia newspaper made a guess that the attack could be linked to recent statements made by the journalist in a radio show. While discussing religion in general he made some “from zero to hero” remarks towards the Prophet Mohammed.
“The Prophet Mohammed, as we know, was not a religious figure. He was a businessman, but after getting considerable financial support built plans as to how to get to the top,” Aslanyan disclosed. He also said that the Prophet “rewrote the Bible” so that “now everyone would know the Prophet Mohammed was not a market shopkeeper, but an outstanding political figure.”
According to Aslanyan, the idea of Islam was a “business project from the very beginning,” and turned out to be successful due to “handsome financing.” Besides that, the journalist, who was an external expert at this radio show, speculated that the Prophet had some sort of sexual disorder.
Reportedly, the journalist later apologized on air for the harsh statements he had made, but that did not change public opinion much.
Such statements could not but stir the Muslim community. There was a widespread angry reaction on the Islamic internet forums.
Outrageous capitulation to thuggery.
Muslims from the Republic of Tatarstan, where Islam is the dominant religion, wrote a letter to the Prosecutor General’s office saying Aslanyan’s statements had insulted them.
“These insults wound our religious feelings and come into conflict with Russian legislature, because they unleash ethnic discord and interreligious hatred,” insists Imam Seijarfar Lutfullin.
Despite being disappointed with the journalist’s position, representatives of the Muslim clergy of Tatarstan refused to have anything to do with the assault on the journalist.
“Islam does not recognize the resort to force – for this there are authorities and courts,” the spokesperson of the Clerical Administration of the Republic of Tatarstan told Izvestia....
Funny how so many Muslims misunderstand the idea that "Islam does not recognize the resort to force."
As bad as the RT article is, this one from the Guardian is even worse: "Russian journalist attacked in Moscow," by Miriam Elder in the Guardian, May 29 (thanks to all who sent this in):
A Russian journalist is in hospital after being lured out of his home and stabbed 20 times late on Monday night in the latest attack on a member of the press.
Sergei Aslanyan, 46, works for Radio Mayak and spent 10 years as a presenter on Echo Moskvy, Russia's leading liberal radio station.
Police sources said Aslanyan received a call from an unknown number just before midnight, inviting him outside for a chat. After leaving his home in southern Moscow, he was stabbed repeatedly in the chest, neck and arms by a man, or several men, wielding a knife.
"The victim has been hospitalised, his life is not in danger," a police source told the Itar-Tass news agency.
Police have opened an investigation into the attack.
The Izvestiya newspaper suggested the attack could have been linked to a recent radio appearance during which Aslanyan insulted the prophet Muhammad.
The programme prompted an angry response among some Muslims, with an imam in the eastern city of Kazan asking prosecutors to investigate the journalist.
Others linked the attack to Aslanyan's reporting on Russia's auto industry and corrupt traffic police....
Although the article does acknowledge that the attackers may have been Muslims, it also suggests an alternate explanation, and completely ignores the cry of "You are Allah's enemy."
That's the mainstream media for you.