Muslim protests unjustified

A group of violent  Muslim protestors, angered by a video on YouTube that mocked the prophet Mohammed and Islam, attacked embassies in Yemen, Libya, and Egypt on Sept. 11.

Most well known of these attacks was in Libya, where U.S. ambassador Chris Stevens and 17 others died in the attacks.

While the people of Islamic religions should be able to protest negative connotations about their beliefs, killing only enforces theses negative beliefs further.

By attacking these embassies, the only thing that protestors have shown about their religion is that when criticized, they resort to violence and killing.

If Muslim extremists want people to stop attacking their religion, they should stop acting in ways that invite others criticize it so easily. The actions these extremists take include killing for religious reasons and holding signs that read, “Behead those who insult Islam.”

Following this YouTube video, there have been protests in Islamic countries against American freedom of speech.

These extremists do not define the religion of Islam as a whole anymore than the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attackers. But these attacks create an association with Islam and violence.

These protestors need to understand that a YouTube video does not represent the beliefs of the United States, its government, or its people. Freedom of speech in  America allows citizens to say anything, even if it conflicts with government policy.

Such rights do not exist in most Muslim countries, where the government must first authorize public speech. But this does not give the people an open invitation to assault and kill American emissaries.

Muslims call their religion the religion of peace.  But when extremists use their religion, and insults against their religion, as an excuse to kill, this is certainly not the case.

Editor’s Note: Upon further review, information from the source thereligionofpeace.com was removed because of credibility issues , and information from jewishvirtuallibrary.org has been removed because it is not pertinent to the story (October 22, 2012)