Anti-Islamic Film Gets Reaction From Niles West Kids

As protests rage around the world, a junior wrote up a thoughtful reaction to what troubled her upon seeing this video; other students commented.


The Islamic world is furious about a video that attacks and mocks Islam. The American filmmaker was arrested last night, not for the film, but for violating parole. 

Patch has been covering the story in the filmmaker's hometown of Cerritos, Calif. 

Locally, a junior at Niles West High School, who is Muslim, has written about why the video was upsetting and hurtful to her. She quoted other students in the article, and two students so far have added their comments as well. 

Meanwhile, protesters in Egypt and other parts of the Muslim world continue to express anti-American outrage, and demand an apology from President Obama. 

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CK September 29, 2012 at 12:48 PM
I have been readign Patch only recently so I dont know what it has had in the past. Did the high school or Patch have articles about the Christian lady in muslim Sudan (?) who was to be executed because she named a teddy bear Muhamed? Are their articles about anti-christian acts and laws in moslem countries like Turkey? Were there articles aboout anti-Christian church activity in Indonesia last December? Did you have articles condeming Indonisa entertainer Rhoma Irama when he made hate speeches against Chinese and Christians? Did they have articles defending Mel;Gibson when his movie Passion came out? Every body is supposed to be offended gets what they want. Well Im offended that the Muslims in America want free speech suppressed and their theology PROTECTED. I am offended that the government knew the ambassor was killed by well made plans and NOT some dumb movie that nobody their could see anyway.
Pam DeFiglio September 29, 2012 at 06:55 PM
CK, To address your points, Patch offers local news coverage, and we ran this story because it was a local reaction to an international event. It's not within our scope to offer international or national news. We only do local reporting. On another one of your points, there have been many news reports that show Muslims in the Middle East (who live in countries that do not have free speech) favor suppressing this video. However, I have not heard of any calls by Muslims in America for suppressing free speech. Just to be aware, though, there is a history in America of trying to suppress free speech. Remember that tomorrow starts Banned Books Week, which brings awareness that in past decades, many Americans have tried to suppress free speech by trying to ban books like "To Kill A Mockingbird" and "Harry Potter." In any case, most Americans would probably agree that we endorse free speech, which is guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution, but that it must be exercised responsibly (case in point: Fox News apologized for showing video of a man shooting himself). And a final note--I hope for more tolerance in our world, so that people everywhere can, if not embrace others' cultural and religious beliefs, at least adopt a "live and let live" attitude.
Pete September 29, 2012 at 07:53 PM
Wow thank you ck you said what alot of us wanted to but were to afraid....well put
CK September 30, 2012 at 04:32 PM
To Pan D My first comment was for the student not Patch. I know you do local news but the student herself brought up the international issue with naming countries. If she can do it so can I. You say you dont know about speech suppression items in America. Well google 'Islamic Society of Greater Kansas City", "Islamic C enter of Passaic county" and the Friday meeting of Muslims in Dearborn Michigan. I also will put links in another comment box and I hope they work. I can understand the student being concerned about safetty at their masque just as my family and friends when they get on an airplane. It wasnt evangelical Christians who crashed planes into Twin Towers. You talk about banned books but didn't mention the famous example we covered in high school when Jews tried to ban Shakespeares Merchant of Venice because they didnt like Shylock character. The Muslim army MD who killed his fellow soldiers was not charged with 'hate crime' but with 'workplace violence". ALWAYS A DOUBLE STANDARD. I remember working in Evanston when faked hate crimes were allegged by a Hispanic guy and there were nazi signs painted all over.. The guy was later found to have lied and everybody said Oh he was just trying to bring the issue to public notice.


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