In the last week, violent protests spread across Libya, Egypt, Tunisia and countries across the Middle East and Asia, targeting U.S. diplomatic missions. The provocation: a 14-minute trailer posted on YouTube for "Innocence of Muslims," a low-budget film depicting the Prophet Muhammad as a degenerate, a womanizer and a pedophile.
It all raises very uncomfortable questions about the fine line between defending the freedom of creative expression and inciting religious hatred.
While the violence, the injuries and even the deaths were inexcusable, these tensions come at a time when the Muslim world feels itself under cultural siege by the United States and the West.
In 2005, a Danish newspaper printed cartoons depicting the Prophet Muhammad that many Muslims called insulting. Dozens of people were killed in violent protests and Danish missions were targeted in the Middle East.
The Dutch filmmaker Theo van Gogh was assassinated in 2004 after his film "Submission" took a critical look at Read More »from Salman Rushdie and the Conflict Between Creative Expression and Blasphemy