Faith Based Judgment Meets Doctrine Based Free Speech

by Hal Mooz 17. September 2012 07:32

Benghazi murders: Revisit free speech

It was a reprehensible crime. Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and three other U.S. diplomatic staff members were nurturing excellent U.S.-Libyan relations until they were murdered by a Muslim mob in Benghazi.Unfortunately, these four innocent Americans have been the latest casualties of the West's conscious or subconscious policy to foist its liberal ideology on unwilling Muslim societies. The amateurish movie "Innocence of Muslims," produced in California by an Egyptian Copt and American evangelical Christians, portrays the Prophet Muhammad as a child molester and womanizer.

All these incidents sparked indignation throughout the Muslim world. Yet Western statesmen and media generally defended the artists' and authors' right to produce these materials, citing the free-speech principle, even though some questioned the wisdom behind the projects.

Westerners are mostly comfortable with unbridled freedom of expression and the privatization of religion because these doctrines have evolved from the West's unique historical experience. These values stemmed from a reaction to the Catholic Church's suppression of freedoms, the Inquisition and fierce power struggles with secular governments. Historical memories of those traumatic episodes have engendered antipathy for religion and religious values among many Westerners.

Muslim history has had no such conflicts between the laity and religious hierarchy.Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton has staunchly justified this stance in the case of the video "Innocence of Muslims," citing America's "long tradition of free expression." She added that "we do not stop individual citizens from expressing their views no matter how distasteful they may be."

http://www.sfgate.com/opinion/article/Benghazi-murders-Revisit-free-speech-3866748.php?t=3b7a50ddfc






 

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