I am a United States citizen. I am free to criticize or mock any religion if I choose to do so. There are no religions more sacred or divine than any other according to the First Amendment of the U.S. Bill of Rights.
Amendment I: Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
I am not bound by any words of Islam. If I choose to picture an image of the Prophet Muhammad in my mind and bring that image onto paper or film, I am free to do so in this country. Because I am a student of history, I understand the value of our freedom. These are freedoms that should be universal human rights.
No religion or government is above criticism or satire by a free people. A free people cannot submit to fear and still be free. Islam is no more worthy of favoritism or special treatment in regards to our right of free speech than Judaism or Christianity. Just because the so called Prophet Muhammad claimed to speak for god doesn’t make it true. What is written in the Koran is no more the words of god than any other religious scripture.
When Moses dropped a tablet in the movie History of the World Part 1 thereby changing his declaration from fifteen to Ten God-given Commandments, there was no insane savagery that the civilized world had to deal with. When Jesus Christ declared himself to be a right bastard in South Park’s The Spirit of Christmas, there weren’t any riots. So why is it when a cartoonist or cheesy film maker insult Islam there needs to be bloodshed?
The answer is maturity. There used to be times where non-believers would be murdered for insulting Christianity. There used to be times where people of different beliefs would be forced to convert or die. That is no longer the case in today’s modern world; however, many Muslims refuse to evolve from the dark ages. Their barbarism cannot be tolerated or feared and certainly shouldn’t be rewarded by achieving special protection that other religions do not have.
Nothing desecrates Islam more than the suicide bombers and gunman who take lives in the name of it. Extreme intolerance and hatred is bred from insecurity and ignorance. For three hundred years Islam ruled science, but those days are long gone. Now Islam is most famous for terrorism and burkas. The Prophet Muhammad commanded the acquirement of knowledge from cradle to grave, but many of his followers continue to dogmatically embrace mentally debilitating ancient bigotries. May the strength of freedom and human progress prevail over the assault of religious extremists in all nations. For all those who died so that we could be free, we will not forsake your legacy.
James Kirk Wall
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