Sunday, September 23, 2012

Anti Islamic film : what is the solution?

Controversy regarding anti Islamic film 
There is significant controversy over the film that intentionally or unintentionally showed Islam in bad color. One needs to think regarding this event. It has added to the current problems wherein people are fighting based on religious lines. The Salman Rushdie event is well-known. Muslims claim that Rushdie deliberately took anti-Islamic stance. He was threatened with death sentence. Fortunately or unfortunately nothing happened, even though Rushdie lost his freedom. Now the Pakistan minister has claimed that he would award the killer of the film-maker. This seems to be a knee jerk reaction or a well thought out action. At the same time, his party has refused to accept his stand. This is a personal statement made by the minister who claimed that "I am Muslim first". This implies that politicians tend to respect religion more than anything else or do they? One has to end this somewhere. Conflict between right and wrong always existed. Muslim clerics, at the same time, have called for peace. Restraint should be the need of the hour. One needs to tolerate and understand cultural differences. It is important that people understand consequences of their actions. In the future religious-sensitive films should be moderated, not censored. Voluntary restraint is the solution for this problem, even though this is not the only solution. Interaction between like-minded people can help obtaining solution to this problem. Let us remember: violence begets violence, so violence is not the solution to religious conflicts.

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