Today I saw this movie or part of the movie called 'Innocence of Muslims' made by someone called Sam Bacile (I don't even know who this guy is and if he has made any other movie before)...the quality and content of this movie is pathetic. The movie (actually it doesn't even deserve to be addressed as a movie) is very poorly filmed, edited and scripted. The movie is made with only one intention that is to create disturbance, to create uproar in Islamic counties and Muslim communities of the world and guess what....people didn't disappoint the maker of this movie (or video clip) at all, I think even its maker himself would not have imagined that his movie will attract this much attention and people will take it so seriously. There were many protests, riots, damage of public property and also there was assassination of some US diplomat just because of this one video clip....sounds so unreal and filmy...but its reality. People made this video so successful that I am sure many more will come like this after all who don't want to become successful and famous, that too with so little effort. So this crappy video is a big HIT now..bigger than any Hindi movie or Hollywood blockbusters...
As I said almost all religions claim that they teach love and compassion, but very seldom we see these qualities in their followers when their religion is criticized or even if some one points out some uncomfortable truths from history. This is true for every major organized religion, I am not only talking about Islam or Hinduism here (two major religions of India), there are no exceptions...but almost every religion on this planet when criticized their followers suddenly forget all teachings from their books, gurus, messengers or prophets and indulge in violent protests, vandalism and riots in the name of protecting their religion...I don't understand how one can protect his/her own religion by killing others. This massacre in the name of religion is going on for centuries, people are killing each other in the name of protection their religion but even after so much killing no one could wipe out any religion from this earth, rather more and more messengers and prophets were born and more religions were created...so all this violence bred more sects, religions, factions within that religion (moderates, conservatives or liberals). There was another news also where at least 6 people (including 2 minors) were killed in Gaziabad (town in UP, India), this happened after the violence that followed the alleged desecration of the holy Quran. Six people died because someone did something to some book? this doesn't make any sense to me, no matter what book that was, be it Bhagavad Gita, Quran, Bible or something else and how someone can insult a book? Once person buys any book it his/her property and they can read it or throw it or burn it, how does it matter? and after killing so many people what good it did to that book or religion? can anyone explain me that? sounds totally insane..isn't it?
I don't know if people see something wrong in their violent reactions, on one side they believe that there is some powerful, super controlling entity who created this world (including we humans) and also manages it and on other side they kill each other, destroy their creators creations and that too in name of protection that all powerful creator?? does it make any sense? and this is true will all major religions not any particular religion. There are so many ways to protest or to register your point or disagreement but for some reason they prefer only violence. It's quite natural to get upset to see something which you don't like or not to feel comfortable with things which hurt your feelings but you won't kill people just because of some unpleasant comments against your beliefs or over disagreement. I don't know when people will realize this. Organized religion has disappointed me big time, it failed miserably in spreading peace in world, it doesn't seem to be working, I think we need something like science where people can disagree freely with each other but still work peacefully towards fulfillment of some common great goal that is to serve this humanity and planet. I know many people won't agree with this and will give many reasons for need of existence of religion but then they should also able to tell me when this mad violence in name of religion and its protection will stop? If something is not working its better to dump it and search for an alternative rather than waiting for that thing to fix itself, when we know that it cant fix itself and we all know it very well. Unless we all understand this basic problem with our approach towards our religions and its symbols, videos like this will come out and will become big hit and will kill many more, many books, articles or cartoons will be published which can cause riots and we all will be watching helplessly like this and wondering whether this madness will stop at all or not...decision is in our hands.
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