Worldwide violence during protests purportedly over a second rate video produced by a convicted US felon have illustrated the fervour and hatred produced by minority militant mobs when they are stirred up to agitate.
US embassies and consulates were particularly targeted. Several people were killed.
Mobs gathered in Sydney and London to protest a day after the main violence in the Middle East, which was started on September 11 to mark the anniversary of militant Islamic attacks on New York, when thousands were killed when planes were flown into the Twin Towers.
The protesters came out after Friday prayers!
Friday prayers? It makes you wonder what they were praying about. Peace wasn’t in their minds, obviously. Of course, the Friday sessions include preaching. What could they have been preaching about to have stirred up the men and women into what became such a frenzy?
There is another shocking side to this. Children as young as three were seen carrying banners which called for the beheading of anyone who mocked their prophet. Some snap for the family album!
Interestingly, Revelation talks about Christians martyred by beheading. One has to wonder if there is, or will be, a connection in the future, in the last days before Christ comes.
Then I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded for their witness to Jesus and for the word of God, who had not worshiped the beast or his image, and had not received his mark on their foreheads or on their hands. And they lived and reigned with Christ for a thousand years.
Something to lose your head over
So you’d behead someone for making a bad movie? A poor cartoon? Thank God Christians don’t attack people for mocking Christ, or Buddhists for mocking Buddha!
Christians have fought each other over bad doctrine, but that is mostly intramural – infernal, yes, but internal – and not because of some stupid movie which mocks Christ, or there would have been hell to pay over movies like The Life of Brian, which actually managed to expose some of the hypocrisies and folly of both religion and politics! Maybe the militants need a good laugh, but they don’t seem to be able to see the funny side of their pomposity.
Hindus, of course, have so many gods you’d never know if one was being mocked anyway, but there is surely something more sinister to this whole protest, burn and destroy thing than is being put about.
Rioting over a second rate movie
What possible reason could anyone have for even bothering to riot over the so-called movie which has ostensibly been responsible for the strong feelings? The film trailer is readily available on YouTube, but if any normal, sensible person can actually get through more that two or three minutes of this abysmal piece of filmmaking they are either masochistic or being paid a huge amount to report on it.
It is truly a dreadful piece of theatre. Everything about it is very, very bad. The acting, the false backdrops, the plot, the direction, the fake beards, just everything. No one could possibly take this seriously. No one in their right mind that is.
But to use it as a pretext to violence and protest is simply banal and beyond belief. No. There is something beyond this particular monstrosity of a movie which is driving these people to the streets and to perform murderous and violent acts of savagery. It has been claimed that the attacks which killed a US Ambassador were not just spontaneous anger but a well-planned and orchestrated attack which contrived to use the movie as a pretext.
What drives people to such acts of desperate violence on such a regular scale and for what are seemingly innocuous incidents, such as the Danish Cartoons, which incited major violence and mayhem in many places? There is something greater than protest and indignation happening here, surely.
A threat to nations
This is a movement making itself known to be a threat. This is a militant wing of a religion that is asking for a jihad. This is saying, ‘If you criticise our religion, our prophet, our way of living or our right to stir up violence we will break up your nation, attack your leaders and disrupt your peaceful way of life, your democracy, and your right to free speech’. This is anarchy.
And it is on the rise in the West, where Governments have opened their borders to the mostly peaceful settlers from other nations, as they should, and said ‘Come and make your home with us, come and join our peace, come and be liberated from your war-torn and impoverished nations, come and let your children grow in safety and security in our beautiful, democratic, fair and welfare state’.
Most migrants to Australia, and, for that matter, the US and European nations have come as peaceful citizens, bringing their culture, their religion, their languages and customs into already thriving countries and made them better for it.
But there are minority groups in every nation which are making it hell on earth for everyone else because of their selfish claims to control of the destiny of every other citizen. People who milk the cow dry then slaughter it in spite and leave it rotting on the roadside.
A peaceful but silent majority
I work with and have neighbours who follow this religion, and we get on well. I am not threatened by them. They are colleagues. Most deplore what is taking place, so I am not saying all are responsible, or even agree with what is taking place. The majority, like all of us, just want to get on with life and be a good neighbour. But how do we know what might take place at any given time in our neighbourhoods? I live in an area which is predominantly Muslim, and it is mostly peaceful. But where are the strong protests about what the militants are doing?
How do we deal with those minority militants who threaten us with their protests, their violence and their intrusion into the way of life we have offered them as an alternative to the religious systems they or their parents left for a better life in a free society?
Posted by Steve