At least four people are dead in riots stemming from the Islamic world’s outrage over a new movie said to be an insult to Muhammed and the Islamic religion.
What a tragedy, since evidence is emerging to show the film doesn’t even exist beyond a 14-minute mock-trailer. In other words, it is a hoax.
There is no known copy of the full movie, only the YouTube trailer and no record of a movie called “Innocence of Muslims” being made in California.
And the trailer itself is little more than “an incoherent, haphazardly edited set of scenes” that “suggests multiple video sources — there are obvious and jarring discrepancies among actors and locations,” says Rosie Gray at BuzzFeed.
I myself have been fooled by these fake movie trailers, some of which are amazingly elaborate and extremely convincing — only to feel like an idiot when I have found out they’re a complete crock.
But my chagrin doesn’t extend to the point where I’ve wanted to shoot people or storm an embassy.
It’s things like this which underscore the dangers posed by emotion-driven religious fundamentalism, which walks up to borders of human ignorance and says “Aha, there’s God!” and yet explains nothing thereby.
It was only a few days ago, after a little letter of mine appeared in the paper defending education in evolution against someone who called it child abuse, that an anonymous Sound Off response was so bold as to say people like me would soon be sorry for our insults to Jesus Christ.
Probably a good thing I didn’t draw a cartoon about Islamic creationist myths while I was about it.
Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition September 15, 2012