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Egyptian demonstrators climbed the walls of the U.S. Embassy in Cairo today and pulled down the American flag to protest a film they say is insulting to the prophet Mohammad.
Al Ahram online says the film is reportedly being produced by U.S.-based Coptic-Christian Egyptians, including Esmat Zaklama and Morees Sadek, with the support of the Terry Jones Church in the United States.
Jones is the evangelical pastor who stirred controversy last year by threatening to burn a Quran in public.
The AP says clips of the film available on YouTube show the prophet having sex and question his role as the messenger of Godâ??s words.
Originally posted by fenceSitter
Although I do find these actions extreme, the simple fact is that any visual depiction of their prophet is against their Islamic faith. Mostly Sunni Muslims and Muslims adhering to a more traditional version of Islam are going to be offended especially when it is done by a non-Muslim.
You don't have to agree with it. You don't have to like it. But you can tolerate it out of respect for your fellow man. We all believe in things that other do not and as long as we live in a world where tolerance of those differences do not exist, violence and hatred will always rule.
I also don't think this incident is entirely about a single film. I think it is also an excuse to take out resentment many people in the Middle East have for the west.
Any visual depiction of Mohammed risks offending almost 25% of the worlds population. So if you are out to make a few enemies, this is certainly the best way to do it.
The U.S. Embassy said in a statement Tuesday 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."
Others expressed more general grievances about U.S. policy, chanting anti-American slogans and holding up bits of a shredded American flag to television camera crews in front of the embassy.
The Embassy of the United States in Cairo condemns the continuing efforts by misguided individuals to hurt the religious feelings of Muslims – as we condemn efforts to offend believers of all religions. Today, the 11th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States, Americans are honoring our patriots and those who serve our nation as the fitting response to the enemies of democracy. Respect for religious beliefs is a cornerstone of American democracy. We firmly reject the actions by those who abuse the universal right of free speech to hurt the religious beliefs of others
"Respect for religious beliefs is a cornerstone of American democracy."
Originally posted by Lysergic
Did they successfully capture the flag and return it to their flag and score a point?
I never knew Egyptians loved to play CTF.