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Innocence of Muslims Used by Tunisian Government to Threaten Artists.

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A source inside the compound told AFP that the U.S. embassy in Tunis was working as normal on Wednesday despite the violence in Libya and Egypt. (Reuters)

The Innocence of Muslims , which calls the Prophet a murderer and a paedophile, is apparently, worth violent protests, and deaths.

Its – very dodgy – producers and the self-righteous Islamist crowds must be happy.

Some say we should “understand” this anger.

But rather more dangerous trends are getting mixed up in the furore.

There have been demonstrations across the Muslim world, including Tunisia where the government has been moving towards creating Islamic and political censorship for the last few months (more details here)

On the BBC World Service NewsDay this morning Tunisian Prime Minister Hamadi Jebali said,  “”violence should not be met with violence”. He equated the ‘violence’ of the video with the real violence of the Islamists who attacked and killed in Libya. Artists and musicians who are “provocative, ” again it seems, are  in some way ‘violent’ . 

In Tunisia this year Salafists have attacked artists and their ‘impious’ and ‘un-Islamic’  works on a daily basis, and, famously, in La Marsa and  in the  Bizerte festival. There is no doubt they  find anything outside their religious world-view “provocative”, from degenerate art to drinking beer or to not wearing a veil.

This is far more important than a poor and crass US video.

Jabeli would not doubt prefer them simply to be censored and punished by the legal system and no doubt we will see clauses criminalising  blasphemy and insulting religion in the Tunisian constitution.

It’s hard not to be reminded of the thuggish assassins Mr. Albert Wint and Mr. Charles Kidd.

In Diamonds are Forever Mr Wint tells James Bond that he is a “man of peace”. He “abhors violence”.

Whilst his friend, Mr Kidd, knows no such qualms.

‘Moderate’ Islamists would simply like the right to be able to order people, anywhere in the world, about what they can say, and do,  and what they can watch.

The Salafist Mr Kidds try to enforce this.

In the lands of the Arab Spring this pattern of mutual influence, between ‘extremists’ and ‘moderate’ Islamists is shaping the culture and politics of North Africa. And not in a good way.

Written by Andrew Coates

September 13, 2012 at 11:56 am

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  1. All American embassay in islamic country must be set on fire for this kind of event


    September 13, 2012 at 1:01 pm

  2. I see your commenter is doing his best for intra-communal relations. I’m past reasoning with f’wits like that, I just want to emit a giant, Fuck off Rage Boy. All you’re doing is publicising a crap film – well good for you. No-one would have ever heard of it if a bunch of head-banging loons hadn’t done this nice big PR job for it.


    September 13, 2012 at 10:14 pm

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