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Innocence of Muslims

Understanding Middle Eastern Reactions to 'Innocence of Muslims'

Chase F. Robinson | Posted 11.26.2012 | World
Chase F. Robinson

The YouTube video "Innocence of Muslims" can now be added to a lengthening list of portrayals of Muhammad that have led to violence, both threatened and real, along with calls for censorship. Especially given the rank amateurishness of this video, why does it provoke so?

We Are All Blasphemers: A Response to Eric Posner

Greg Lukianoff | Posted 11.26.2012 | College
Greg Lukianoff

Every single person reading this has a belief that in some part of the world or at some point in history could've gotten you arrested, beheaded, or burned at the stake.

The Islamophobic Fringe

John Feffer | Posted 11.26.2012 | World
John Feffer

It is no surprise that people in the Islamic world believe that Westerners can't wait to say bad things about their religion. But the deeper reason for the heated response from the Muslim world is not so much Western rhetoric but Western policy.

Together Americans and Muslims Can Save the Arab Spring

Ethan Pack | Posted 11.26.2012 | World
Ethan Pack

As the unrest surrounding the "Innocence of Muslims" simmers down, we must face the upsetting conclusion that the last two week's events have followed the ideological script of the hatemongers who made the video.

ANOTHER Country Wants YouTube To Pull That Anti-Muslim Film

AP | JULIANA BARBASSA | Posted 11.26.2012 | Technology

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Google Inc.'s head of operations in Brazil was detained by the country's federal police Wednesday after the company failed to ...

Anti-Muslim Filmmaker Possibly Violated Probation By Using Internet

AP | GILLIAN FLACCUS and GREG RISLING | Posted 09.26.2012 | Crime

CERRITOS, Calif. -- The federal probation violation investigation targeting the man behind the anti-Muslim video inflaming the Middle East is proceedi...

Taliban Take Bounty Minister Off Hit List

AP | ASIF SHAHZAD | Posted 11.26.2012 | World

ISLAMABAD — The Pakistani Taliban announced Wednesday that they were giving a Cabinet minister an "amnesty," taking him off their hit list, beca...

I Am an American, and I Respect Islam

Abigail E. Disney | Posted 11.26.2012 | Politics
Abigail E. Disney

Good people will always disagree with each other. But disagreement is much different from hatred. Even those who disagree with you about politics or religion are, on the whole, good and decent people who simply see the world in a different way.

Turkey's Sick Of The Anti-Muslim YouTube Film Too

AP | Posted 11.26.2012 | Technology

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — A Turkish court issued an order on Wednesday allowing authorities in the country to block Internet access to the anti-Islam mo...

Yelling 'Fire' in a Crowded Planet

Frank J. Garcia | Posted 11.25.2012 | World
Frank J. Garcia

When every major Western liberal democracy except ours regulates certain forms of racist and hate-mongering speech, we can no longer simply assert that our approach is a non-negotiable liberal value.

A Message To Medina, The Beginning Of Giving Back

Claire Alkouatli | Posted 11.24.2012 | Religion
Claire Alkouatli

This message to the Messenger is from Muslims in Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Syria and Canada in the hope that we might come to know him more intimately, peace be upon him, and understand better the pain generated by incorrect understandings about him that manifest as crude films or violent protests.

Not in Muhammad's Name

Malik Siraj Akbar | Posted 11.24.2012 | World
Malik Siraj Akbar

The plea from Muslim scholars that "freedom of expression" should come with "responsibility" or "limits" is absolutely irrelevant. For ages, Muslim clerics and dictators have used "responsibility" and "limits" as a pretext to dissuade citizens from seeking their right to freedom of expression.

It's All the Rage: 'The Innocence of Muslims,' Social Media, and Free Speech

Ruth Starkman | Posted 11.24.2012 | World
Ruth Starkman

Indifferently offering equal shares of grotesque bigotry, reasoned debate, enlightened humor and a mind-boggling variety of other responses, social media raise complex questions about freedom of speech in an increasingly global world.

Pakistan Disowns Bounty On Anti-Islam Filmmaker

AP | REBECCA SANTANA | Posted 11.24.2012 | World

ISLAMABAD — The Pakistani government on Monday distanced itself from an offer by one of its Cabinet ministers to pay $100,000 to anyone who kill...

Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here: A Review

Deborah Stambler | Posted 11.24.2012 | Books
Deborah Stambler

Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here is a fine collection of prose and poetry by international writers that helps us turn our gaze, our hearts and minds to the free expression that connects us all.

"Traditional Values" Versus Freedom of Information

Christophe Deloire | Posted 11.24.2012 | World
Christophe Deloire

Deploring the "excesses of free speech" may be a wise move tactically but, in the long term, it jeopardizes freedom of information, which is a prerequisite for political, economic and social development.

Iran Doesn't Want You To Watch The Oscars

AP | NASSER KARIMI | Posted 11.24.2012 | Entertainment

TEHRAN, Iran — Iran's culture minister said Monday that his country will boycott the 2013 Oscars in the wake of the anti-Islam video made in the...

Muslim Protests Break Out In Greece

AP | DEMETRIS NELLAS | Posted 11.23.2012 | World

ATHENS, Greece — Greek riot police used tear gas and pepper spray to disperse Muslim protesters who clashed with officers Sunday during a rally ...

Crisis Averted; Challenges Remain

James Zogby | Posted 11.22.2012 | World
James Zogby

The crisis created by the film The Innocence of Muslims that many feared might spin out of control seems to be subsiding across the Arab World. The appeal by extremists to escalate the situation appears to have given way to more stable and thoughtful leadership.

Keep Calm and Carry Forward

Christopher Holshek | Posted 11.21.2012 | World
Christopher Holshek

The violent riots that have been going on at U.S. embassies and other places in the "Arab Spring" countries in particular are certainly cause for alarm, but what's really going on here?

I'm No Movie Critic, But Innocence of Muslims is SOOO Bad!

Edward Falzon | Posted 11.21.2012 | Entertainment
Edward Falzon

Innocence of Muslims by nobody-knows-who, going by the 14 minutes that have been released in trailer form, might well be the worst movie ever made on this or any other planet. Perhaps that's the reason everyone's rioting. They want their 14 minutes back.

30,000 Protest Against Militias In Benghazi

AP | MAGGIE MICHAEL | Posted 11.21.2012 | World

BENGHAZI, Libya — Hundreds of protesters angry over last week's killing of the U.S. ambassador to Libya stormed the compound of the Islamic extr...

LOOK: Film Permit For 'Innocence Of Muslims' Revealed

AP | Posted 11.21.2012 | Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES — The makers of an anti-Muslim film that sparked violent protests had a one-day permit to shoot parts of the movie at a Los Angeles ...

University Bans Anti-Islam Film

AP | Posted 09.21.2012 | World

MANILA, Philippines -- The state-run University of the Philippines is stopping students from showing an anti-Muslim video that has sparked violent pro...

What Salman Rushdie Reminds Us About the Freedoms That We Cherish

Christina Patterson | Posted 11.21.2012 | World
Christina Patterson

Those of us who believe in the right to say what you think without being threatened can only show that there are some beliefs that we cherish, too. We can show that we believe in the right of clever writers to write good books, and the right of stupid fantasists to make bad films.