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Promoting sanity in the face of blasphemy

  • Bramantyo Prijosusilo

PREMIUM
Ngawi, East Java   /   Tue, April 1 2008   /  12:15 am

With the announcement of Geert Wilders' taunting film failing to entice violence, as many feared, more people are jumping on the Islam-bashing bandwagon to gain popularity amongst the xenophobic right in Western democracies. Inevitably many more will do the same in pursuit of cheap popularity. The dilemma facing the global Muslim community is how to protect the sanctity of their religious symbols, while demonstrating to the world that freedom of speech was actively pursued by the Prophet Muhammad and the original Islam. The Prophet carried the light of reason to disperse the darkness of ignorance of jahiliyah in his times, and consequently freedom of speech is a highly regarded Islamic value. A German theater is currently staging Salman Rushdie's notorious The Satanic Verses and the adapted play is due to run for eight weeks, Britain's Guardian reported Sunday. Turkish acto...