Monday, October 15, 2012
Muslims for bad laws
Awhile back I "liked' a Facebook page for Muslims for Peace, Inc. A small page, only 1000 or so likes, but the group seemed to be saying the right things & supporting the right causes & I took it as a hopeful thing. Then today Muslims for Peace posted this:
White House is holding a Public poll to initiate and implement a law against the disrespect of Prophets of major religions i.e. Prophet Mohammad PBUH, Prophet Jesus A.S and Prophet Moses A.S. Please sign this petition ASAP , as they required 25,000 signatures till 17th October.The wording seems to ask that prophets themselves be outlawed. To clear up the another obvious misstatement, The White House is not "holding a public poll." The White House hosts the poll on a page where anyone or any group can initiate a poll. Apparently, if a poll receive enough votes within a certain period of time, some minor functionary at the White House reads it, sends it up the chain, & a bureaucrat submits a public response. It's how the White House beer recipes went public.
WE PETITION THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION TO:
outlaw offending prophets of major religions
To enact a law that prohibits any action or literature that offend prophets of major religions: - Moses - Jesus - Mohammad Such acts offend billions of people, and cause unrest in the world. Furthermore, acts like this contradict the essence of coexistence and peace among humans. Labeling these acts as freedom of speech is similar to labeling murder as freedom of expression! We all know the chaos such acts can cause, but it's difficult to answer the question: What do they contribute to our nation, or humanity in general?
This poll taps into my personal fears that no extant form of Islam, even moderate factions, can really handle our First Amendment, given Islam's absolute need to defend the character of The Prophet absolutely, at any cost. Some idiot in America insults the Prophet, 10,000 Muslims riot in Pakistan & 100 Muslims are accidentally trampled to death,, which incites even more rioting, Death fatwas are issued.
A 14 year old girl just survived a fatwa assassination attempt by the Taliban. She didn't even insult The Prophet. She had the unmitigated gall to insist she had a right to an education. Which the Taliban considers an insult to Prophet Muhammad PBUH. So what offends the prophets & who decides what offends them?
In America (we have critics & mockers of all religions here) - we can only condemn their statements & request that they cease - Muslims decide it ought to made against the law. Criticize The Prophet, pay a fine or go to jail. & just to show how fair they are, they're willing to extend the law to insults against Moses & Jesus. Why stop at them? There are so many other revered religious figures. Why are only the three major Abrahamic faiths worthy of such protection?
Jews don't lose sleep over insults to Moses, Abraham, of any other prophet or patriarch. What keeps Jews awake are Holocaust deniers, threats to wipe Israel off the face of the Earth, & the naked hatred of Jews - all Jews - taught & encouraged throughout too much of the Islamic world.
American Christians don't get bent all out of shape by insults to Jesus. One insult is calling him a prophet rather than the Son of God or simply Jesus of Nazareth. He is either the Messiah or he is not, no in-between status. Jesus is rarely insulted; it's pretty obvious that Christianity's violence, excesses & prejudices don't originate with Jesus. Christianity's doctrinal foundation is the Son of God humiliated unto slow death in a public crucifixion - it doesn't get much worse than what happened to Jesus, who then triumphs over death in his resurrection. Christian martyrs historically are of a different order than current radical Islamic martyrs. Quite simply, Christians do not believe they go to heaven by committing suicide to kill non-Christians, or other Christians.. Although certain Christians in America are busy denying civil rights to homosexuals, undermining women's rights, mocking science, & attempting to subvert public education, they go nose-to-nose arguing with atheists & generally seem to grasp that in suppressing the First Amendment rights of others, they might risk their own rights. Instead, they buy up radio stations. build megachurches, write & publish top selling books of religious propaganda, & use their constitutional rights to full advantage by spreading the crazy idea that they are the victims rather than the people in control of one of America's two major political parties.
I often enough sympathize with the purpose of laws constricting free speech, but I rarely support the passage of those laws. If insulting the Prophet causes Muslims to commit murder, maybe it's time for Islam to change & stop committing murder in the name of The Prophet. . Because you won't get away with murder using that as a defense in The United States of America.