Where the blame should lie

Fanning the flames of religious strife:

Speaking by phone from an undisclosed location, writer and director Sam Bacile remained defiant, saying Islam is a cancer and that he intended his film to be a provocative political statement condemning the religion. Bacile, a California real estate developer in his fifties who identifies himself as an Israeli Jew, said he believes the movie will help his native land by exposing Islam's flaws to the world. "Islam is a cancer, period," he repeatedly said in a solemn, accented tone.

This ($5 million) movie was not financed to make money in the box office, it was financed to stir up trouble and drive a wedge (deeper) between the U.S. and Islam.

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Blame?

Are you seriously suggesting that the blame lies with Sam Bacile and not the intolerant zealouts in the Middle East who have expressed their religious indignation through destruction and violence?

He deserves his share, at least

Guys like Bacile and Sheldon Adelson try to use their millions to shape U.S. foreign policy into what they (personally) believe is the correct moral path. And if they don't get what they want through government channels, they use media to try to stir up trouble, hoping that will force governments to change their policies.

Of course the attackers were wrong, but so is Bacile. His intent wasn't to be creative or expressive, it was to enrage Muslims. But his end goal isn't to make them angry, it's to force you and me to consider an entire religion as our enemy. You may fall for it, but I'm not going to.

Question

Perhaps you have fallen for the notion that religions are to be privileged. Genuine liberalism includes a belief in the right of freedom of expression, including expressions which are critical -- even satirical -- with respect to religions.

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