This article says a lot about our relationship between Muslims, free expression and fear. DC Metro will not allow any issue ads because it’s clear that offending Muslims would be dangerous. Da Tech Guy explains:
What does that tell us? Since no other ad has caused this kind of reaction we must conclude that in the Metro’s opinion Muslims are so violent, so savage, so barbaric that the risk of a murderous response by members of the Religion of Peace™ exceeds the risk of offending any other group in the Metro’s history.
This is the heckler’s veto in practice. Personally, I think Muslim’s would be better off if folks gave them credit for not being violent thugs. Of course that would be a dangerous dance.
It seems the Phoenix Mosque involved in the protest actually preaches peace.
The Phoenix mosque targeted on Friday has condemned such violence and held a series of sermons at Friday prayers last year by an imam who criticized militant Islamist groups such as Islamic State, al Qaeda and Nigeria’s Boko Haram.
That’s a good sign, but too many Mosques worldwide call for violence, and it is really difficult to see a good ending for this.
Update 6/4/15: This video shows that some American Muslims would rather live under Sharia Law. Well. Plenty of places for that nowadays.