Send a Tweet
Most Popular Choices
Share on Facebook 13 Share on Twitter Printer Friendly Page More Sharing
OpEdNews Op Eds   

Can We Turn Hate Into Reason?

By       (Page 1 of 2 pages)   No comments
Become a Fan
  (11 fans)

I've been racking my brain to find something -- anything -- good to say about the US-made pathologically Islamophobic film that has triggered the deadly riots now creating bloodshed across the Muslim world.


My conclusion: There is nothing good to say about this film.


Is there anything at all to salvage from the dangerous contretemps is has caused?


Well, maybe.


If Egyptian Muslims -- and all Muslims -- could come to understand two things: The US government had nothing to do with this film at any point -- the US Government doesn't make films attacking -- or praising -- particular religions. In America, it's known as the Separation Between Church and State. And it is a cornerstone of our Bill of Rights.


The second thing angry Muslims need to understand is much harder because it runs counter to so much of Arab culture. It is a quote usually attributed to Voltaire. It says: " I disagree with what you have to say but will fight to the death to protect your right to say it."


"Protect your right to say it" -- this is the essence of free speech. At the risk of restating the obvious, this is the free speech that Muslim and Arab revolutionaries throughout the Middle East have only so recently won.


Yet it would be unreasonable of us to suggest that "protect your right to say it" is a construct about which average Middle Eastern peoples know anything at all. In fact, it is totally alien to them. And, quite likely, rejected out of hand.


Next Page  1  |  2

(Note: You can view every article as one long page if you sign up as an Advocate Member, or higher).

Rate It | View Ratings

WILLIAM FISHER Social Media Pages: Facebook page url on login Profile not filled in       Twitter page url on login Profile not filled in       Linkedin page url on login Profile not filled in       Instagram page url on login Profile not filled in

William Fisher has managed economic development programs in the Middle East and elsewhere for the US State Department and the US Agency for International Development. He served in the international affairs area in the Kennedy Administration and now (more...)
Go To Commenting
The views expressed herein are the sole responsibility of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of this website or its editors.
Writers Guidelines

Contact AuthorContact Author Contact EditorContact Editor Author PageView Authors' Articles
Support OpEdNews

OpEdNews depends upon can't survive without your help.

If you value this article and the work of OpEdNews, please either Donate or Purchase a premium membership.

If you've enjoyed this, sign up for our daily or weekly newsletter to get lots of great progressive content.
Daily Weekly     OpEd News Newsletter
   (Opens new browser window)

Most Popular Articles by this Author:     (View All Most Popular Articles by this Author)


Liberties Lost Since 9/11

The Silence of the Sheep


Law Professors Outraged by Senate Vote on Indefinite Detention

Feel Safer Now?

To View Comments or Join the Conversation:

Tell A Friend