‘Innocence of Muslims’ film inflames Islamist paranoia
The US film Innocence of Muslims ought to be banned. Not because it mocks Islam and insults Mohammed, but because it looks absolutely dire. The reported budget was $5m, but His Grace could have made it for a fiver: the acting is sub-Neighbours; the screenplay crass and amateurish. It has all the appearance of a Monty Python sketch, minus the brilliant satire and comedic genius of true creative artistry.
As a result of this film, the US consulate in Libya has been attacked with rocket-propelled grenades, and one American has been killed. Some 2000 protestors have also breached the walls of the US Embassy in Cairo, burning the American flag and replacing it with a black banner emblazoned with the Shahada: ‘There is no God but God and Mohammed is His Messenger.’
Yes, yes, we've head it all before. His Grace hasn’t seen the film (and wouldn’t waste his time): it reportedly offends not only because it dares merely to portray Mohammed, but because that portrayal is one of a homosexual son of dubious parentage, who rises to advocate child slavery, extramarital sex, warmongering and summary massacre, all in the name of religion. The message of the film is, quite simply, that this ‘prophet’ is a fraud, a bastard, a rapist and a child molester.
Well, that’s not very nice, is it? The film’s writer, director and producer is one Sam Bacile. He wanted to showcase his view of Islam as a hateful religion. "Islam is a cancer," he said. “The movie is a political movie. It's not a religious movie.”
Either the man is being duplicitous and deceitful, or he's just stupid. No-one in America could possibly be so unaware of the likely religious consequences of this particular political polemic, especially since Pastor Terry Jones is involved (he of Qur’an burning fame). They must at least recall how Pope Benedict’s Regensburg lecture was received. If a tedious academic treatise can result in riot, bloodshed and murder, film footage in this video age has the capacity to be positively incendiary. Of course Sam Bacile and Terry Jones know that: it is precisely their intention.
But what troubles His Grace is that this outbreak of violence and irrationality coincides with the decision of Channel 4 not to screen Tom Holland’s programme Islam: The Untold Story.
Mr Holland, the author and presenter of the documentary, has apparently received threats and abusive tweets, and so the spineless C4 have decided that this story of Islam will remain untold. Thus, ever so subtly, are the airwaves of Britain being incrementally subject to Shari’a: Islam may not be critically discussed; its history may not be investigated; its precepts may not be debated. The Prince of the Power of the Air arises to seize his throne. And if the broadcast media are not themselves obligingly self-censoring, they will be threatened into subjection and censorship imposed.
This is scandalous. We live in a society which permits freedom of speech and freedom of expression. And yet a few Islamist threats – credible or not – are deemed sufficient to deprive an entire population of satirical entertainment and legitimate religio-historical inquiry.
The Lord Chamberlain has returned, and he’s a Wahhabi, seeking to agitate, occupy, subjugate, inculcate and deny liberty and justice to all in the new Dar Al-Islam. The blasphemy laws have effectively been recast to protect one god, one faith and one prophet, and the mainstream media are complicit in their supine subjection. This is Islamism: the untold story.