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article imageOp-Ed: Google must remove 'Innocence of Muslims' from YouTube

By Kimberly Reynolds     Feb 27, 2014 in World
The U.S. appeals court ruled on Wednesday that Google must remove from YouTube an anti-Islamic film called "The Innocence of Muslims." The film, which depicts the prophet Muhammad as a fool and a sexual deviant, sparked protests across the Muslim world.
The ruling overturned an earlier lower court ruling granting Google and YouTube permission to post the movie.
Copyright Contentious
Google was under heavy pressure from the White House, Muslims and groups advocating for religious tolerance. In the end, the film was removed not only because of the content, but because of a copyright issue with one of the actors. Cindy Lee Garcia objected to the film after learning that the film contained a clip featuring Garcia which was intended for a different movie.
Personal Safety
Garcia was motivated to sue not only by copyright issues but also by the extremist backlash to her part in the movie. In an interview with the Daily News, Garcia says, “I’m getting horrible death threats over the Internet, people saying they’re going to cut me up, chop me up and kill me and my family.”
Religious Rights
The court ruling once again highlighted the position of Muslims who, depending on interpretation of the Quran, are encouraged to assault or kill “infidels” who blasphemies the prophet Mohamed. In another high profile case, a Danish editor who published cartoons depicting the prophet, was put under a fatwa which outlined the “benefits” a faithful observer would receive for killing him.
Targeted Groups
The same people who feel blasphemy of their spiritual leader is punishable by death have a decidedly different opinion on their own views. To call for the death of Jews is not only sanctioned but encouraged. The persecution of Christians in Muslim states goes beyond blasphemy, to outright murder and persecution of the faithful.
Political Ruling
Although the ruling ostensibly was about copyright protection, there is no doubt the ruling has political ramifications. Political leaders and public institutions across the Western world know the danger of allowing the principles of free speech to permeate the Muslim debate. Protections unheard of for other religions are routinely sanctioned in the name of religious tolerance.
A recent example comes from York University in Ontario Canada, in which the administration ruled a Muslim student did not have to attend a class with women because it violated his religious views. The school's director explained, “the OHRC (governing body) does require accommodations based on religious observances.”
Goose and Gander
Non-Muslims, infidels, are expected to revere the religious head of an institution that breeds hatred towards non-believers. Perhaps following their own advice, they could find it in their heart to extend the same outrage to leaders that advocate for extremism against Jews and Christians. What is good for the goose is good for the gander.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of DigitalJournal.com
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