Anti-Islam Film Creator Receives a Red Target

Posted on September 24, 2012 by

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Video of Pakistani minister’s bounty: Pakistani minister offers bounty for death of anti-Islam film maker

Speaking at a press conference at the Peshawar Press Club, Ghulam Ahmad Bilour stated, “I invite the Taliban brothers and the al-Qaeda brothers that they should join me in this sacred mission. Along with others, they should also join in the good work. And God willing, whoever is successful (in killing him) I will present one lac Dollars (100,000 U.S. dollars) to him.”   Ghulam Ahmad Bilour, the federal minister, did not name the target of this bounty, but this statement non the less has put a huge target on the back of the anti-islam film producer Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, 55.  Nakoula has not confirmed his involvement and has not since returned to his home near south Los Angeles as he and his  family have  gone into hiding. During the press conference Bilour even went on to saying that he is okay with the punishment for killing this person if someone brings the blasphemous person to him.

Bilour is not a member of the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP), but he is a politician belonging to the Awami National Party (ANP). The prime minister  and the government absolutely dissociated itself of any relations or connections to Bilour’s statement.

Bilour also threatened other countries in saying, “I call upon these countries and say: Yes, freedom of expression is there, but you should make laws regarding people insulting our Prophet. And if you don’t, then the future will be extremely dangerous.” He also made a suggestion to the legislation that their anti-blasphemy law should be put into action at the global level so that any one who performs such acts will be punished for hurting the religious emotions of the Muslims. According to Bilour, Muslims across the world were in distress over the work of the filmaker and that the situation will remain tense until the anti-blasphemy law was enacted at the world level.

In these statements  Bilour portrays not only himself, but the Muslim community as being extremely vulnerable to pitiless acts of Islamophobic evangelicals. We cannot ignore the existence of evangelical Islamophobia during these times in which it was the 11th anniversary of the World Trade Center attacks when the U.S. embassies were and still are being attacked. People are being killed or threatened, the entire U.S. even, over a pathetically produced film against Islam.

Stereotypes are extremely present in this situation for both sides of the conflict. Muslim media used the video created by a small group of Christian extremists with Islamophobia, to create a disgusting representation of all Christians, and all Americans for the matter, in the Muslim minds. On the other hand, Americans are quick to stereotype a similar image of Muslims.

What do americans think when they see someone who even looks remotely like a Muslim? Terrorist. No non-Muslim American can deny this because we all know and all remember the attacks on the U.S. by people who follow the Islam religion. We immediately get the image of the entire Muslim community as all being terrorists. Similarly, when this crude video was produced, Muslims perceive that the Islamophobic views in the film are representations of the beliefs of all Americans. When really, both of these above actions against each others cultures are actions by small groups of hateful extremists, not the entire nation.

Meanwhile, the leaders of both of the religions seem to be conveniently quiet at times like these. They act as if the Islamophobia and hatred does not reach up to the top of the hierarchy. To the public and media mainstream they frown upon these kinds of violent actions and blasphemy acts, but really behind the scenes they all see other religions as far less superior to their own.

We are getting close to the last straw being pulled and about to hit rock bottom if we do not do something to stop the spread of these stereotypes. The actions to fix this, start on our own soil and our own views. We must first recognize and second criticize those who are performing hate crimes in our country.

We as Americans, must make a decision in which we continue to let Islamophobia spread further amongst us or put a stop to the spread and define a more respectful understanding of the Muslim nation. We must realize that corruption is within the evangelical community and those are the people creating the hostility, not the Muslim nation.  Brian D. McLaren stated, “The greatest threat to evangelicalism is evangelicals who tolerate hate and who promote hate camouflaged as piety.”

If there is going to be a fix in todays world the fix has to start with u.s.

 

 

Sources:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-19687386

http://content.usatoday.com/communities/ondeadline/post/2012/09/22/bounty-on-head-of-anti-islam-filmmaker/70000923/1#.UGBq744hzzL

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/09/23/world/asia/pakistani-minister-offers-bounty-over-anti-islam-video.html?_r=0

http://religion.blogs.cnn.com/2012/09/12/ambassadors-killing-shines-light-on-muslim-sensitivities-around-prophet-mohammed/

http://religion.blogs.cnn.com/2012/09/15/my-take-its-time-for-islamophobic-evangelicals-to-choose/#comments

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/pakistan/9560879/Pakistani-minister-offers-bounty-for-death-of-anti-Islam-film-maker.html

http://worldnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2012/09/22/14036172-pakistan-official-offers-100000-reward-for-killing-of-maker-of-anti-prophet-muhammad-film?lite

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