Islam isn't my specialty, so naturally I will be neither watching nor commenting upon the recent brouhaha involving a viral video critical of Muhammed. However, I do think it is a worthwhile place to make a point.
Why don't Christians get activist when crap like The God Who Wasn't There comes out?
Obviously, I do not mean "activist" to the point of assassinating people, burning things, and overturning cars. I mean a much more orderly, much more intellectual, but also very much as public, activism where we make our displeasure known, and also explain why we are displeased -- in great, intellectual detail, and with accompanying public shows of numbers.
It is said by some news agencies that much violence is expected in the Muslim world today as they meet for Friday services, and are expected to hear their weekly versions of sermons which encourage them to go out and have at it against the Great Infidel. Right now, it's hard to imagine pastors on Sunday activating their congregations the same way, unless it is to attack the buffet down at Golden Corral. Why is that?
Oh yes, of course, many Christians did show up at Chick-Fil-A to show their support. When there's food involved, and you have to eat lunch anyway, and you may not even have to get out of your car -- well, that's about the limit of Christian ideological activism, I suppose. Maybe if we could get Chick-Fil-A to cater a demonstration against The God Who Wasn't There, more Christians would show up?
It's puzzling, really. We have demonstrations at abortion clinics (rightly so), but it doesn't occur to anyone to demonstrate against things like Flemming's film that attack our underlying reasons for demonstrating against abortion. Right now Westboro Baptist could get a bigger showing for a soldier's funeral than I could get for a demo against Flemming's crap.
In that parlance of today, what's up with that?