Religion v/s Democracy: Deadlock continuesDate posted: September 20, 2012 | Short URL: https://samvada.org/?p=12321 | Share:
Suspected Christian adherents in United States of America released a movie and Leftist news paper in France published caricatures. Muslims world wide react violently to the depiction of Prophet Muhammad.
On the 11th anniversary of 9/11, Bacile, who is either an American Christian or a Jew, released on Youtube a 13-minute trailer for a two hour short movie, titled “Innocence of Muslims” Its Arabic translation was made available from some unauthenticated sources. The movie and its trailer has created unrest in Egypt and resulted in the killing of US ambassador in a rocket launch attack.
The scenes in the trailer portrayed the prophet Muhammad as a buffoon, suicidal, gay, lascivious and condoning of pedophilia. “Our prophet had 61 wives — 11 at the same time. He even had a girlfriend!” That’s the opening line, delivered poorly by a man almost definitely in brown-face makeup. “Every non-Muslim is an infidel. Their lands, their women, their children, are our spoils,” Muhammad says in one scene. Characters refer to him as a “bastard” and in one scene, a veiled woman asks Muhammad to “put your head between my thighs.” The film claims Muhammad was a fraud. His obedient followers are presented as a cadre of goons. It depicts Muhammad as a feckless philanderer who approved of child sexual abuse. The movie depicts the prophet mohammed sleeping with women, and as a feckless philanderer who approved of child sexual abuse, talking about killing children and referring to a donkey as “the first Muslim animal” and asks the creature if it likes the ladies. The movie has scenes implying the Koran was not divinely inspired, but drafted from verses plagiarised from the New Testament and Torah.
The movie, both English version and its Egyptian Arabic version, has an amateur cast. The voice and the audio appears to be artificial and edited. Critics of the movie allege that insults about the Prophet Muhammad are disguised as revelations in dialogues. Th ere are doubts expressed now about the identity of the producer of the movie. Actors of the movie have expressed ignorance about the intent of the movie and have regreted the violence reactions the film has created.
A Satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo has hit the news stands on Sept 19th 2012 with a cover showing an Orthodox Jew pushing the turbaned figure of Mohammad in a wheelchair. The weekly carries a total of four cartoons which include images definitely intended to represent Mohammed, as opposed to any other Muslim. In two of them, the Prophet is shown naked. One is inspired by Jean-Luc Godard’s 1963 film Contempt and features the naked Prophet asking the director “You like my buttocks?” – parroting a line delivered by Brigitte Bardot in the film. Another shows the founder of Islam crouched on all fours with a star coming out of his behind with the inscription “A Star Is Born.” The film references were an attempt to satirise the crudely-made short film Innocence of Muslims, which has triggered the worldwide protests.
Charlie Hebdo’s editor, Stephane Charbonnier, has defended the cartoons. “I’m not asking strict Muslims to read Charlie Hebdo, just like I wouldn’t go to a mosque to listen to speeches that go against everything I believe,” he said. French prime minister Jean-Marc Ayrault has called for “responsibility” and said anyone offended by the caricatures could sue. But he made it clear there would be no action against the weekly. “We are in a country where freedom of expression is guaranteed, including the freedom to caricature,” he said.
The left-wing, libertarian publication’s offices were firebombed last year after it published an edition “guest-edited” by the Prophet Mohammed that it called Sharia Hebdo.