Muslims worldwide protest the documentary film “Innocence of Muslims.” The film depicts their prophet as a child molester, womanizer and violent criminal. A simple entry in Wikipedia with all its links to original Islamic sources confirms that Muhammed had sex with a nine year old girl, had thirteen wives and waged bloody wars against the neighbouring towns.
We have all noticed the embarrassing fact that the protesting Muslims have not been able to produce any arguments against the documentary’s claims. It seems that in their lack of evidence, they resort to childish screaming, setting fire to things, setting off explosives and killing innocents in a desperate attempt to silence their critics. The similarities between the film and Muslims’ energetic protests against it are indeed striking. The truth is apparently hard to hear. It is noteworthy how the followers of a faith that they themselves name as the religion of peace so often behave violently, especially when trying to convince us that their prophet does not inspire Muslims to violence.
In order to gain voters and keep their relationship with oil-producing countries, our (mis)representatives give in to the terrorists’ demands by apologizing for our using our right to free speech and our long standing tradition of keeping a healthily critical and often humorous attitude towards religion. The same happens when the politically correct media follow sharia laws by not showing pictures and clips from the documentary, in spite of their obvious relevance to the news coverage. It is imperative that the West looks strong in such situations, but by misrepresenting us Westerners as weaklings who take threats seriously, our policymakers actually negotiate with terrorists — which is a no-go. If there is one thing that Muslims hate and makes them increase their wish to destroy, it is signs of cowardice. Our appeasing politicians and the media’s show of respect is therefore not perceived as an invitation to reconciliation, but as a vulnerability that can be, and is and will be exploited further.
The behaviour of our timid leaders is an affront to the hundreds of thousands of Europeans and Americans who in the centuries before us gave their lives to create and defend our humanistic societies built on free speech and secular laws against brutal kings and medieval religious institutions. By not standing up against the fanatics, which apparently constitute the majority of Muslims, they put their voters and our children in danger.
Some day very soon this will be clear to all.