Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Stranger In A Strange World

YouTube was kicked off the net by Pakistani authorities inadvertant disabling of the normal path to the site, which was meant to stop Pakistani's from accessing it, but ended up stopping everyone on the world from accessing it for about two hours.

People are primarily talking about how this could be used by hackers/jokers/terrorists to slow or stop some other crucial sites on the net.

People should be talking more about the pandering and shameless behavior of the Pakistani government, and other governments, in reverting to base motivations such as this - the reason they took away the path to the site was because it contained a clip featuring a Dutch lawmaker who has said he plans to release a movie portraying Islam as fascist and prone to inciting violence.

While a number of other videos featuring the politician, Geert Wilders, would remain visible to Pakistani Internet users, the one which was removed had been "totally anti-Quranic ... very blasphemous," said Pakistan Telecommunication authority spokeswoman Nabiha Mahmood.

This may have been done in part because of the unrest and protests that followed the publishing of cartoons in a Danish newspaper in 2006 that featured Mohammed and that apparently many Muslims found offensive. Recently those cartoons were reprinted.

It is so amazing that entire governments can be driven to such actions based on statements, cartoons, ideas about a religion or a long dead, historical religious leader.

In the West some say if anyone talked that way about Jesus, there would be mass protests, unrest, violence.

But there have been many opportunities for such reactions, and they don't lead to much real violence, nor to any governmental calls for censorship.

They don't lead to any beheadings or jihads.

People balspheme in the West all the time. We let others speak their mind on religions, or their lack of it as the case may be, without getting militant about it.

Do we in the West (and those in Asia who simlarly don't get up in arms about supposed insults to Buddha, the Dali Lama, or Brahma-Vishnu-Shiva) care much when someone insults God?

Some of us get a little righteous, but we allow free speech, we respect other's religious beliefs, and we tend to leave others alone about it for the most part.

We do see some of our citizens get all pissy about some things as a result of their beliefs, such as shooting abortion doctors, but they don't do this about insults to Jesus himself.

Some Muslims seem to have no sense of humor, proportion or religious humility.

What a drag.

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