- Religion and Philosophy
The Anti-Islamic Video: Innocence of Muslims
Muhammad Movie Trailer
The Internet and YouTube helped spark the recent murders in Tripoli, Libya and now cause riots in Egypt. The video is 14 minutes and only part of the larger film that cost $5 million (mostly from donations from Jewish sectors). The trailer was posted back in July with little notice. It has only been viewed 200,000 times mostly in Muslim countries. The film was shot in the USA and the cast and crew of 50 were duped into thinking they were filming an adventure film. Much of the dialogue has been over dubbed with inflammatory language. The director, Sam Bacile, his real name is Abu Bacile and was sick of Muslims killing Christians and others. He is a real estate businessman in California and the real title of the film is, Innocence of Muslims, a misleading title. The movie shows Muslims and Mohammed in bad light as a womanizer, pedophile, murderer etc.
When a casting call went out in Hollywood for the crew cast, the ad indicated the film would be a historical Arabian desert adventure film to be called, "Desert Warrior" directed by Sam (Abu) Bassiel.
In Egypt, rioting has been happening and the urging by the Muslim Brotherhood geared toward the US Embassy. It took days before its president, Morsi, to make any comments about the murder of the US Ambassador in Libya, which might indicate how the Muslim Brotherhood using this video to incite anger towards America. Riots have spread to Yemen because of the video. America gives Egypt $1.3 billion a year. Yet, President Obama states Egypt is not an ally. Worse, is that the President of Afghanistan condemned the video yet not the murder of Americans in Libya! Without America, Karzai would not even be Afghanistan's president and the Taliban would still be in control there.
Viewers of this film indicate that it is very amateurish, one actress was only paid $500. It is campy, cynical, sarcastic with a definite spin against Islam and Muslims debasing Mohammed (he is akin to Jesus for Christians) in very negative situations in sometimes vile manner. Its owner is an Arab Christian who finds Egyptian laws and customs anti-christian there and financed a film to "hit back" at Muslims. It was bound to happen.
The problem with free speech is this precise issue. What we in America simply take as a "stupid" film, and campy, overly sensitive Muslims in the Middle East, take way too seriously and think it is a product of the USA. Something, representing the US government's position, which is far from the truth,yet on the street, that is what they believe. That is what matters.
Maybe the US should make a film showing how much America loves Islam and Muslims. Trouble is, would they believe it?