Feelings, nothing more than religious feelings

There’s a violent mob of Muslims protesting a perceived “insult” to Muhammad. Must be Tuesday.

Cairo (CNN) — Angry protesters climbed the walls of the U.S. Embassy in Cairo on Tuesday and tore down the American flag, apparently in protest of a film thought to insult the Prophet Mohammed.

A volley of warning shots were fired as a large crowd gathered around the compound, said CNN producer Mohammed Fahmy, who was on the scene, though it is not clear who fired the shots.

It would be nice to get clear on that before someone gets hurt. I mean, we’re talking about people who think it’s acceptable to riot in the streets because someone somewhere made a movie that they haven’t seen but have heard might make fun of them. If only that happened every time Michael Bay or M. Night Shyamalan made a movie…

But, anyways, pray tell us what’s so bad about the movie in question…

It was unclear which film upset the protesters.

Why am I not surprised?

An embassy operator told CNN that the compound had been cleared of diplomatic personnel earlier Tuesday, ahead of the apparent threat, while Egyptian riot police and the army were called in.

So they were storming an empty embassy.

Meh. Still not nearly as pointless and ineffective as prayer.

Mohammed al-Zawahiri — the brother of al Qaeda’s leader Ayman al-Zawahiri — added that “we called for the peaceful protest joined by different Islamic factions including the Islamic Jihad, Hazem Abu Ismael movement.”

Huh. Still not surprised. Not even surprised that the brother of Al Qaeda’s leader calls storming an embassy “peaceful protest”.

“We were surprised to see the big numbers show up including the soccer Ultra fans,” he said. “I just want to say, how would the Americans feel if films insulting leading Christian figures like the pope or historical figures like Abraham Lincoln were produced?”

How about a film that depicts Jesus having sex with a former prostitute? It’s 83% fresh at Rotten Tomatoes. Been there, done that. And it’s by one of my favorite directors, too. 🙂

And seriously, dude, America is primarily Protestant, not Catholic. Most people in America don’t give a fuck about the pope. I bothered to learn about the Sunni/Shiite split in Islam, so the least you could do is return the favor.

He added that “the film portrays the prophet in a very ugly manner, eluding to topics like sex, which is not acceptable.”

Hear hear! That is totally unacceptable! Muhammad should only be portrayed as having sex with a nine-year-old girl, as he is in the Hadith. As long as we stick to Islamic scripture, Muhammad will never be portrayed in “a very ugly manner, eluding to topics like sex, which is not acceptable.” Unless you’re one of those perverts who thinks that having sex with nine-year-olds is very ugly and not acceptable.

But, honestly, this ignorant tripe from the Islamic extremists in Egypt isn’t what’s really pissing me off about this incident. This is just typical bullshit from them. Here’s what really pisses me off:

The U.S. Embassy said that it “condemns the continuing efforts by misguided individuals to hurt the religious feelings of Muslims — as we condemn efforts to offend believers of all religions.”

“Respect for religious beliefs is a cornerstone of American democracy,” the statement said. “We firmly reject the actions by those who abuse the universal right of free speech to hurt the religious beliefs of others.”

Fuck you fuck you fuck you fuck you fuck you!

The spineless cowardice of that response makes Shaggy and Scooby Doo look like mighty warriors. The fucking Cowardly Lion thinks the US Embassy is utterly without dignity. They should have added a photo of everyone in the embassy cowering in the corner and shitting their pants to this article, because that is almost certainly what they were doing when they drafted this announcement.

You were stormed by a crazed mob who couldn’t even bother to specify what movie made them decide to start breaking shit and wreaking havoc, and this is what you have to say about it? The US Embassy is supposed to be America’s representative in the country in which it’s located. And, apparently, this is how we choose to represent ourselves.

How about condemning the fucking violence? How about condemning people who think that if their pathetic little feelings are hurt, that justifies starting a fucking riot? How about pointing out that responding to mere speech with physical violence is always wrong? Or, at the very least, how about pointing out that there’s no way to even address whatever grievances these protesters have if they don’t even specify what the fuck it is that they’re protesting?

We’ve got to set at least a base level of rationality here. And I really don’t feel comfortable with it being any lower than “At the very least just tell me what made you decide to start destroying things.” In fact, I think that bar is already set way, way lower than it should be. But apparently in today’s world we start placating religious fanatics before they’ve even bothered to put out the mental effort to say what they’re so fanatical about. At least a 2 year old has the sense to yell, “I want my bah-bah” before throwing a fit. Now protesters are prelingual. They can just start crying, and it’s up to mommy to find out if they want a titty-suck or a butt-wipe.

And after all this crap, the CNN article delivers a swift kick right to the balls:

The incident occurred on the 11th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks as crowds gathered in somber remembrance of the nearly 3,000 people killed that day.

Yeah, never mind 3,000 lives being snuffed out. An unidentified movie somewhere in the universe disagrees with my beliefs. We gotta have our priorities. Light the fires, boys.

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