In his 1916 classic movie “Intolerance”, D.W Griffith shows how big empires and people were destroyed to smithereens because of their Intolerance towards other people’s actions or thoughts. The Babylonians, The Greeks, empires upon empires have turned to dust because of their Intolerance of new ideas. It is not the other people that caused the death of these old civilizations, it is their arrogant attitude to attack and censor ideas and it is their inflexibility to bend towards new ideas that caused the downfall of just every big name in history. Even the Pope who was once next to God; one who had the power to deliver blessings and absolution from grave sins, one who had the power to shun science and philosophy in his region has today become nothing but a shadow, an old, ailing figure who in the turn of millennium asked forgiveness for the inquisitions, crusades and the incarceration of Galileo by his predecessors.
In the modern world, 9/11 represents a date which is remembered as an attack on a bunch of free people, in a free country by a group of radical, religious extremists. But for me, this date represents something more. It was the date of a new clash of ideologies – The clash of a modern, developing, scientific culture with an old, regressive and religious culture. In the old age, whoever questioned the religion of a dominant group was burnt on stake or crucified. The progress of science had been slowed down because of the arrogance and political aims of religious priests and kings during the medieval age. But an eclipse cannot always stop the light of sun. In the same way, times have changed and scientists and philosophers have revolutionized the modern era. I am so thankful that I am born in a time when we have mapped the Human DNA, when we have sent Rovers on Mars and when we have conquered so many diseases like Small-Pox and Plague that were once considered the curse of a merciful and vengeful God. But more than anything, I am happy that I am born in a progressive, science dominated, and free society where we have equal rights for everyone and freedom to say whatever we want to. But wait a minute; do we all have that freedom?
Wasn’t Theo Van Gogh brutally murdered on the streets of Amsterdam for making a short film? Van Gogh had some thoughts against a religion and he was an artist. So he did what he could to express his thoughts. He made a film. Sadly, he was partially decapitated by a fundamentalist Muslim named Mohammad Boyeuri. An era ended the second when Van Gogh closed his eyes to the darkness of death while bleeding on a street.
The modern world did not come in a wink. It took generations of people to bring this change. Voltaire once said, “Even if I do not believe in your idea, I will fight to death for your right to say it”. John Stuart Mill wrote in his prominent work, “On Liberty”, that a person is free to say anything until it physically harms someone. Just tell me, how was Theo Van Gogh’s work physically harming Mohammad Boyeuri? Mill, continued to say that even if the whole world except one agrees on something, even than the world would be wrong to censor that lonesome dissenter, in the same way that that one dissenter (if he had the power) would be wrong to censor the whole world.
Islam came from a group of Bedouin merchants and savages. It might have some good things to say, but the times have changed now. We are not living in the 7th century. We are not living in a time when giving only a quarter or less of assets meant giving rights to a woman. In the current days, the whole discussion has progressed towards equality. Be it women, homosexuals or anyone, they should have equal rights with everyone else. In the modern world if someone talks about marrying a 6 year old child, we put him in jail or a mental asylum. Mohammad and his ideas do not belong to our times.
Yesterday on 9th September of 2012, an American diplomat was brutally killed by an Islamist mob at US embassy in Libya because someone made a film depicting Mohammad as Paedophile and mass murderer. It was not the fault of that US ambassador but still he was killed. In Egypt, Islamist mob breached the walls of US embassy and hoisted their black flag inside, saying, “Mohammad is our prophet and Allah is our god”. Today, they have done mass protests in Yemen and Iraq too. The film that these fanatics are talking about was made by an Israeli- American Jew named Sam Bacille. I am not supporting this imbecile, Sam Bacille. I don’t think his movie was good or showed the reality in many cases. But he has the right to express his ideas.
The last time Muslims killed many of their own in Pakistan and Afghanistan while rioting against Jyden-Poshten cartoons, they inadvertently promoted the cartoons. The first day before the riots, the cartoon was published only in one newspaper, later it was published all over Europe. This is the same that is going to happen again. They have already murdered 4 Americans for something that these people did not have a hand in. Islam is showing its colours and world will take revenge by standing on the side of the film-maker and they will make thousands of more movies. This is the truth.
In the beginning, I was talking about intolerance and clash of Ideologies. This clash will certainly lead to the death of Islam and its brutality. Romans and Byzantines were more powerful than Islam and yet they died because of their Intolerance. Islam will die too.
Islam is Anti-science, Anti-progress and Anti-Human rights. Is this a coincidence that some Egyptians were able to breach the US embassy security in Cairo and climb over its wall only in a time when an Islamist organisation like “Muslim Brotherhood” has come to power there? Mohammad Borsi should rethink about leading and promoting the Islamist organisation is his beautiful country. He might just not want scars in the deserts of Egypt.