Blasphemy in the Internet Age

September attack on the U.S. consulate in Libya.
September attack on the U.S. consulate in Libya.

A controversial YouTube video has divided nations over the freedom of expression.

by Benjamin Hayward

A half-dozen seventh-century, Arabian horsemen exit left across sand marred by tire tracks. In front of a green-screen dune, the actor playing Muhammad appears splashed in orange blood. “Every non-Muslim is an infidel,” he shouts the lines of the script with pause in his voice. “Their lands, their women, their children are our spoils,” and the clip ends with a slash of his prop sword through a foreground of slow-motion flames.

These are the final scenes of the 14-minute, controversial internet video “Innocence of Muslims” that claims to be the trailer for an unknown feature-length film. The video “depicts Muhammad as a fraud, and shows him …

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