A sorta-close transcript after the jump!
I got a message on YouTube the other day from yet another Muslim man “warning” me that I’m going to get my throat slit for saying that we have the freedom to draw pictures even if they offend someone. I’m so tired of these messages, in which the sender pretends to not be the one who wants me dead but can’t hide his joy at the idea of someone else doing his dirty work. I wrote back to tell him the he should grow a pair of testicles and either come try to kill me himself or shut the eff up.
I mean seriously, I think this just says so much about kids today. It used to be back in the good ol’ days that if someone made fun of your religion and your god said they deserved to die, you killed them yourself.
But all I ever get are these emails from Christians and Muslims “warning” me. Warning me that someone else is going to rape me. That someone else is going to slit my throat. That someone else is going to send me to the fiery depths of hell for all eternity. Kids today are so lazy.
So I was going to make this video all about people’s opposing desires: a desire to see something terrible happen to a person they hate and an equal and opposite desire to be kind and humane. But then I got this other message from another Muslim named Habib, and it’s the best response to those Muslims who are sending me their faux death threats over my freedom of speech videos:
Honestly, I don’t know how you repeatedly bring yourself to dignify the idiotic comments your videos receive, and I am so, so embarrassed on behalf of my co-religionists for their disgraceful and quite frankly horrifying comments. It is a sad, sad thing that this virtue – the rising above of the ignorance of others and the dignified, objective and articulate positing of valid arguments that should be so promoted by the spirit of learning set forth in Islam – is best and most visibly practiced in this situation by an atheist.
And let me say I have absolutely no problem with atheism. I bristle at atheists who promote their views without an understanding of logic, premises and conclusions and so forth, but no more or less than I bristle at so-called believers who wouldn’t know a logical argument for their own faith if it hit them with a truck.
However, and when I can remember to be mature about it, I wouldn’t have either of them, or you, or, unfortunately, my brothers and sisters who so disgraced themselves with their posts in response to your video, silenced for the world.
Yes, sometimes I feel an instinctive bristling when I hear what some people say about Islam. But a) it is their right to say what they will and b) are we not giving them mountains upon mountains of fuel for the fire?
Habib went on to say that he serves in the US Army and is proud to defend freedom of speech and freedom of religion.
So there you go, extremist Muslims who want me to die. There’s a fellow Muslim who probably disagrees with me on a whole lot of important issues, but who has the intelligence and maturity to discuss rather than threaten. And you should be damned grateful for people like him, too, because it’s people like him who will encourage non-Muslims to believe that your religion isn’t a death cult full of hopeless, brainless barbarians. Unless that’s the look you were going for, in which case I’ll let Habib know that you’ll be sending your cowardly threats to him, as well.