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US Embassies In Egypt And Libya Attacked After Terry Jones Posts Film Depicting Mohammad As Gay

by David Badash on September 11, 2012

in International,News,Politics

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Today, the eleventh anniversary of 9/11, brought attacks on U.S. embassies in Egypt and Libya — not related to the 9/11 attacks of 2001 — but provoked by Christian Pastor Terry Jones, who posted a video depicting Mohammed, some reports say, as a homosexual, and having sex, and compares either Mohammed or all Muslims as child molesters and engaging in bestiality. Jones, who reportedly did not produce the film but did post it on YouTube, became infamous around the world in 2010 after creating “International Burn A Koran Day” – threatening to publicly burn Korans — despite pleas from the highest levels of the American military, noting it would endanger the troops.

Those of the Islamic faith believe Mohammed to be a prophet or messenger sent by God, and some believe he is the founder of their faith.

“Egyptian demonstrators climbed the walls of the U.S. embassy in Cairo today and took down the American flag and replaced it with a black flag to protest a U.S. movie reportedly tied to Pastor Terry Jones that they believe insults the Prophet Muhammad,” ABC News just reported:

“There is no god but Allah, Muhammad is Allah’s messenger. We will sacrifice ourselves for you, Allah’s messenger,” the nearly 2,000 protesters chanted, according to Reuters.

Dozens of protesters scaled the embassy walls and took down the flag from a pole in the courtyard. After failing to burn it, they ripped it apart and replaced it with a black flag bearing Arabic writing. Reports that the black flag was from al Qaeda were not confirmed.

There were also news reports that gunmen had tried today to storm the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, the second-largest city in Libya. The media said that the incident was related to the film.

A U.S. official confirmed the “security incident” at the consulate and said security forces were working to secure the site. All staff were safe and accounted for, the official told ABC News.

CBS News adds:

The protest was sparked by outrage over a video being promoted by an extreme anti-Muslim Egyptian Christian campaigner in the U.S., clips of which are available on the social website YouTube and dubbed in Egyptian Arabic. The video depicts Muhammad as a fraud, showing him having sex and calling for massacres. Muslims find it offensive to depict Muhammad in any fashion, much less in an insulting way. The 2005 publication of 12 caricatures in a Danish newspaper triggered riots in many Muslim countries.

By evening, the protest grew with thousands standing outside the embassy, chanting “Islamic, Islamic. The right of our prophet will not die.” A group of women in black veils and robes that left only their eyes exposed chanted, “Worshippers of the Cross, leave the Prophet Muhammad alone.”

Dozens of riot police lined up along the embassy walls. They did not stop protesters who continued to climb up the wall and stand on it, chanting. But it appeared they were no longer going into the embassy compound.

One young member of the ultraconservative Salafi movement, Abdel-Hamid Ibrahim said, “This is a very simple reaction to harming our prophet.”

At The Atlantic, Max Fisher’s excellent reporting, which includes the videos, below notes that in Cairo, Egypt, protestors “say they’re protesting an American film that insults Prophet Mohammed. About half an hour in, someone took a photo that appears to show some of the protesters, of which Reuters estimates there to be 2,000, setting off celebratory fireworks.

The movie is called Mohammed Nabi al-Muslimin, or Mohammed, Prophet of the Muslims. If you’ve never heard of it, that’s because most of the few clips circulating online are dubbed in Arabic. The [below] clip, which is allegedly from the film (update: Kurt Werthmuller, a Coptic specialist at the Hudson Institute, says he’s confirmed the clip’s authenticity) is one of the only in English. That’s also because it’s allegedly produced by Florida Pastor Terry Jones (yes, the asshole who burnt the Koran despite Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates’ pleas) and two Egyptians living in the U.S., according to Egyptian press accounts. The Egyptians are allegedly Coptic, the Christian minority that makes up about a tenth of Egypt.

Obviously, there’s a lot to this story that’s still unclear. What we do know is that some members of Egypt’ssometimes-raucousoften rumor-heavy media have been playing highly offensive clips from the highly offensive film, stressing its U.S. and Coptic connections. In the clip below, controversial TV host Sheikh Khaled Abdallah (known for such statements as “Iran is more dangerous to us than the Jews” and that Tehran had engineered a deadly soccer riot in Port Said) hypes the film as an American-Coptic plot and introduces what he says is its opening scene.

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LOrion September 11, 2012 at 7:21 pm

HERE is Leah's comment: RT @leahmcelrath: You or others don't have an inherent right to put human beings in danger because someone insulted YOUR prophet OR *my* prophet. #newrules

James_M_Martin September 11, 2012 at 8:29 pm

Well, for one thing, here is the problem: "There is no god but Allah…." If I wish to posit that there is Yahweh Jehovah, Zeus, Elvis, whoever, I have seriously blasphemed. We finally met a monotheism that is right up front about it. Anyone who does not believe in this Allah guy (and I do not, I assure you) is an apostate by definition. Thus, when the late Christopher Hitches titled his book about atheism, "God is NOT great," he put himself into the same category of blasphemer as his friend Salman Rushdie, who had a fatwah put on him by an Eye a tollah. Want to know why Mideasterners are best governed by tyrants? The first tenet of their religion is "Submission." This predisposes them to fatalism and acceptance of anything that happens as the doing of Allah. How can you question authority when your holy book demands submission? The problem with monotheistic religions is that each believes its god is the only god and you should have no other god but that god. Kind of silly when you figure that the theories of evolution and gravity are supported by mountains of evidence, but the theory of god has nothing to support it but myth and superstition.

BJLincoln September 11, 2012 at 10:45 pm

The guy should be arrested! He knew that badmouthing their God would piss them off. He started an international conflict that put people in danger.

The arts tend to cause tension, take "PissChrist". It is beautiful until you learn how it was made. Bill Donahue and the Speaker of the house, John Bonehead, managed to force the Smithsonian to remove a video because for 6 or 7 seconds it showed a crucifix with ants crawling on it.

As an artist, there is a fine line between making a person think or making a social statement and creating something that is SURE to cause such a stir that people are in danger. This film is not art. It was created by a hateful man that set out to call another religions God mean and hateful things knowing it could create a dangerous situation. Making it in the language of the people he wished to target was also deliberate.

He should be arrested and charged with starting an international riot.

InvokeRights September 11, 2012 at 10:56 pm

This guy always has been, and always will be, and idiot. His religion doesn't like it when people go against their beliefs, but yet here HE IS telling these folks that "Since you don't like us, we hate you, and by such, I will make this video after I burn your book!"

If I was in a position of power, this guy would be arrested and THEN sent over to their country to do with as they will because he sure in the hell wouldn't be allowed in this country anymore!

bestvitiligotreatment September 18, 2012 at 3:08 am

how dare they to insult our" PROPHET MUHAAMAD (PBUH)

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