• Stop Treating Muslims Like Five-Year-Olds

    In the wake of US Embassy attacks in various Muslim dominated countries, YouTube has blocked access to the now infamous 14-minute trailer to the film, “Innocence of Muslims” in Egypt and Libya. The trailer can be viewed everywhere else in the world, but not in those two nations.

    While it is true that the film looks like it was made by a five-year-old and I dare anyone to actually make it through all 14-minutes of it, YouTube and their parent company Google, should not treat Muslims like five-year-olds. It is not YouTube who should decide what grown adults should or shouldn’t be allowed to see.

    Freedom of speech is a natural right of all people and in America that right is protected by our First Amendment. While it is true that people shouldn’t be forced to listen to other people’s free speech, they shouldn’t be prevented from listening either. When religions try to insulate their followers from criticism or opposing opinions and beliefs, they become akin to a cult.

    If your religious beliefs can’t stand up to any criticism or ridicule, then perhaps your beliefs aren’t that strong. Religious believers are quick to talk about how much faith they have, but if their faith were really as strong as they boast, they wouldn’t be fazed by any criticism of ridicule. It is old when one has little confidence in one’s beliefs that criticism and ridicule become so threatening.

    With this in mind, the media shouldn’t treat Muslims like five-year-olds. They shouldn’t try to protect them from any kind of criticism or ridicule. They should treat Muslims like adults and allow them to make their own choices as far as what they are allowed to view on YouTube or any other form or media. If some Muslims do start acting like five-year-olds and have temper tantrums, the media should point out the silliness of such behavior rather than justifying that tantrum. It just seems like the media make lousy parents and a lot of Muslims need to grow-up and act like the adults they are supposed to be.

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    Article by: Staks Rosch

    Staks Rosch is a writer for the Skeptic Ink Network & Huffington Post, and is also a freelance writer for Publishers Weekly. Currently he serves as the head of the Philadelphia Coalition of Reason and is a stay-at-home dad.

    4 comments

    1. While I agree that in theory, the media shouldn’t have to treat Muslims like 5-year olds, in practice, it’s the Muslims who have to stop acting like 5-year olds. If extremist Muslims wouldn’t run around and loot, pillage and murder because they see these stories, then news sources wouldn’t feel they have to limit Muslim access to the stories. If anything needs to change here, it’s the Muslims who need to grow the hell up and deal with reality.

      Then they can see the grown-up news.

    2. Blasphemy is illegal in those two countries. Google is just respecting the laws of the country in which it is operating. Is it a bad law? Yes. Do we want companies picking and choosing which laws they obey? No.

      Blaming Google is attacking the symptom and not the cause.

    3. If these governments actually had a little more separation between their religion and their societies as a whole, a lot less of these rampages would be happening.

      In some cases though, the governments are actually encouraging disorder.

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