My initial tweet about Bacile, the person said to be responsible for the film mocking the prophet Mohammed, was not because I am against the First Amendment. My tweets reflected my exasperation that as a religion professor, it is difficult to teach the facts when movies such as Bacile's Innocence of Muslims are taken as both truth and propaganda, and used against innocent Americans.
If there is anyone who values free speech, it is a tenured professor!
So why did I tweet that Bacile should be in jail? The "free speech" in Bacile's film is not about expressing a personal opinion about Islam. It denigrates the religion by depicting the faith's founder in several ludicrous and historically inaccurate scenes to incite and inflame viewers. Even the film's actors say they were duped.
Bacile's movie is not the first to denigrate a religious figure, nor will it be the last. The Last Temptation of Christ was protested vigorously. The difference is that Bacile indirectly and inadvertently inflamed people half a world away, resulting in the deaths of U.S. Embassy personnel. (Continue Reading.)
Thursday, September 13, 2012
University of Pennsylvania Professor Anthea Butler Calls for Arrest and Prosecution of Those Who Mock Muhammad
Muslims continue killing people over cartoons, films, and books that mock their prophet. What's the solution? According to University of Pennsylvania professor Anthea Butler, we simply need to outlaw speech that makes Muslims angry. Hmmm, why didn't the rest of us think of that?