Jeff Jacoby has a good review of Geert Wilder's 15-minute film Fitna, and he notes a disconnect: there's a greater condemnation about a movie which depicts violence done in the name of the Koran, than there is for the violence acts themselves.
"....it isn't as though Wilders had to invent anything. The violence Fitna portrays is horribly real, and the fanatics who commit it are explicit in saying they do so as Muslims."
"Where is the Islamic world's outrage against that? When has Iran's foreign ministry ever excoriated the beheading of a hostage, or the poisonous sermon of a jihadist imam, as 'heinous, blasphemous, and anti-Islamic?' How often has the Organization of the Islamic Conference thundered its disapproval of 'honor killings' or Islamist anti-semitism? When Theo van Gogh was murdered in public, when the Taliban turned Afghanistan into a repressive terror state, when fatwas were issued for the murder of Danish cartoonists - where was the chorus of Muslim anguish then?"
Irshad Manji thinks that Fitna was a boring harangue, and that Geert Wilders missed an opportunity to make an even better film:
"A more engaging approach would have been to pepper the film with positive verses from the Qur'an, thereby revealing that Muslims who expound hostility are actively choosing to ignore the better angels of Islam."
"There are plenty of positive passages to highlight. The possibility for women's dignity is shown by 3:195, which states that God rewards 'any worker among you, be you male or female -- you are equal to one another.' Imagine aligning that passage with the shot of a woman's body mutilated by an honor killing."
By all means, Irshad, make that movie. That could be a powerful statement. But who decides which Koranic passages to believe and act upon, and which to ignore? Can any of Allah's literal words be refuted or ignored?
Robert Spencer asks where is the outrage over this children's film produced by Hamas, a puppet show of a child killing President Bush?
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