I just wanted to post that I saw "The Innocence of Muslims" on YouTube right now, and it's probably one of the worst production pieces I've ever seen in my life. It's so insanely bad that I have seen high school production videos which could stand for an Oscar in comparison to it.
Yes, it's really that horrible.
However, I'd like to point out that, as bad as it is, and as much of a past criminal as this "Sam Bacile" is, with his apparent history of narcotics convictions and Federal prison time, and as much of a liar as he is, stating that he's Jewish, Israeli, and a real estate developer with five million dollars in "Jewish donor" funds backing the film (which are absolutely all untrue and have been proven by now to be so), it is absolutely insane to riot over this piece of trash.
I use that word deliberately: It truly is utterly insane. This film will convince no one of anything in any way whatsoever, other than it's an extremely bad "film". In fact, I even hesitate to use the word "film" to describe it (yes, it truly is that bad of a production).
But the fact is that I've seen literally hundreds of anti-Jewish films from the Muslim world online and from right-wing hate groups. I've seen hundreds of Nazis marching against Jews and others in the street. I've seen Daniel Pearl beheaded literally because he was a Jew, on screen. And I've seen footage of hundreds of Christians blown up and burned alive because of their faith.
And have Jews and Christians ever rioted because of it, storming embassies, and killing people in other countries because not only their faith was butchered on screen, but their people literally butchered as well in front of a camera?
I have not.
The fact is that there is something vitriolic and insane about Islam as it is today which makes a large number of its adherents in other countries do horrific things in response to the smallest perceived slight against their religion. We've all seen it before with the Danish cartoons, and with other "insults to the Koran" - there is no other religion in the world right now from which we can expect exactly this response each and every time. Absolutely none. We can expect a variety of abuses, stupidities, and even protests, but not the storming of embassies and the murder of absolutely innocent people simply for revenge "for the faith".
To say that this is simply a cultural artifact is utterly blind, stupid, and morally vacuous. It is not a cultural artifact; it is a religious one. It is a religious one because you have the exact same people with different religions (Jews, Christians, Baha'i) who do not storm embassies in those countries when their religion is insulted. You have atheists in those same countries, mostly in hiding, who do not riot in the streets when they encounter hatred against atheists. It is literally only the Muslims in those nations who do. It is only when Muslims are insulted that people need to go into hiding.
That makes it a religious problem with Islam.
I am absolutely sick to death of hearing people excuse it with explanations about societal pressures and lack of education. I dare say that Christians in Muslim countries have far less education than Muslims do overall, and they do not riot when they are insulted.
No, I'm going to lay this squarely on the shoulders of Islam right now and blame it for what is going on. Sam Harris and Christopher Hitchens were absolutely correct to blame Islam for such ills in the world today, and to say that we need to deal with it and squarely face that particular problem. I am not calling for the eradication of Muslims, and neither were they. I am, however, calling for a confrontation about what Islam is about, what it stands for, and for what it orders to its adherents.
I once again think that this film is utter trash, and I have rarely seen something else so badly produced, but there is no excuse for these riots other than what is written in that stupid, savage, ignorant book full of moronic "decrees". And, at this point, anyone who starts excusing this crap in any way, anyone who starts mentioning the sensibilities of the regional inhabitants, anyone who calls for "understanding" of their position, is a fool and an enabler and an embarrassment to rational thought. To those people, I say: Snap out of your navel-gazing stance of rationalization and self-hatred and start accepting the realities of the world around you, no matter how it makes you feel. Grow the fuck up.