Raging about #MuslimRage

Posted on September 20, 2012 by

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Recently in the United States there was a small anti-Islamic film produced. The video portrayed the prophet Muhammad in a negative light, something that is extremely offensive to members of the Muslim community. In response to this, there was widespread rioting throughout the Muslim community. Unfortunately, there were some amongst the rioters that instead of taking out their frustrations in a peaceful way, felt the need to strike back. These violent protests resulted in the death of several United States Citizens, one of which was a United States Ambassador to Libya.

Earlier this week Newsweek magazine came out with their latest issue and before readers even made it to the first page they were confronted with what would become more controversy on the subject. The cover of the new Newsweek showed an up close image on those who were protesting the recently aired anti-Islam film produced in the United States. The main controversy is centered on the headline of the issue: “MUSLIM RAGE”.

As is true with any large group of people, there is a large spectrum of attitudes amongst the Muslim community. Newsweek magazine (along with many other people across the United States) tends to focus on the only members of the Muslim community that are talked about; the angry protesters. Most Muslims were offended but maintained level heads and understood that despite the fact that the film was produced in the United States, it was not produced by the United States. The Huffington Post shows the sides of the much larger group of the Muslims that are getting a bad reputation from the minority that are taking their protests to much more extreme levels.

The article explains that all Muslims are deeply troubled by the video but there is a large group of people that are attempting to organize the protests without violence. As the cleric Youssef al-Qaradawi said “Our manner of protesting should reflect sense and reason”.  This shows the side of those whose voices are overpowered by the violent protesters.

The author of the Newsweek article, Ayaan Hirsi Ali, is a harsh critic of Islam. Having escaped an arranged marriage, she has been the subject of debate on the bias of her stance. In response to the article displaying all Muslims as having this “Muslim Rage” the group of more conservative Muslims, along with many other people that found the article offensive and inaccurate used #MuslimRage on Twitter to make jokes and satirize the article. This hash tag was originally supposed to be used to reflect on the article but has now been used to make a joke of the whole thing. Some of the funny tweets and pictures that mock the article by Ayaan Hirsi Ali can be found on gawker.

In conclusion the new cover of Newsweek magazine seemed to be an attempt to push the current Islam phobia that is spreading through the western world. However with the help of modern technology and the global network that is the internet, the situation was diffused by the good sense of humor of those whose culture was being threatened and by those who support them.

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