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Young Muslim Makes Video to Show All Religions Can be "Evil"

Young Muslim Makes Video to Show All Religions Can be "Evil"

Remember the anti-Islam video "Fitna" put out by a Dutch politician last month? Well a young Saudi businessman has decided to give Christianity the same treatment. Raed al-Saeed's increasingly popular video "Schism," mashes images of aggressive behavior by Christians with aggressive Bible-verses.

Unlike the Dutch video of violence by Muslims played to verses of the Koran, the Biblical version is not motivated by a desire to stop the spread of a religion. Instead, al-Saeed wanted to show that any religion, including Christianity, can easily be cast in an "evil" light. He told NPR that "It's not the right way to judge a religion by a video made by a guy who hated that religion."

To find out what images made the Christian version,

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Images of western soldiers in Iraq beating up alleged insurgents, a CNN broadcast of 2003's "Shock and Awe" bombing of Baghdad, terrorist attacks in Northern Ireland, fill the screen while violent biblical quotes — such as those from the Book of Samuel, urging killing mean, women, children, cattle — flash across the screen.

When the greater population is unfamiliar with a religion, which is often the case in the West with Islam, are violence characterizations more powerful? Will challenging videos, like al-Saeed's "Schism," help break down the us vs. them, good vs. evil narrative that exists between Christians and Muslims?

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Jude-C Jude-C 9 years
"The point of the movie was to show that Christians are currently performing violent acts against muslims" No, it wasn't. The movie was made as a satiric comment on the fact that any religion can be shown to be cruel and violent, given the correct propaganda and mash-up of images and quotes taken out of context for the proper effect. It is not meant to be taken at face value. As I said on here before (before we started coming up with political-candidate merchandising ideas and planning a get-together in New Orleans): He's not using this video to actually try to convince people that Christians are like that. He's using this video to show Christians that if they can see how distorted and unfair such a representation of them is, then perhaps they should wonder whether the distorted versions of Islam they see are inaccurate as well. It's not the same thing at all. Al-Saeed's video is not intended to actually be educational; he's not saying that all Christians are like that, only using the medium and form of expression to say that if Christians can see that this portrayal of themselves is inaccurate, then they should consider whether portrayals of other religions are inaccurate as well. Completely different in both intention and function. In fact, if you look at Citizen's original post, including quotes from Al-Saeed, you'll see that "Al-Saeed wanted to show that any religion, including Christianity, can easily be cast in an 'evil' light. He told NPR that 'It's not the right way to judge a religion by a video made by a guy who hated that religion.'" It's satiric. Not educational.
UnDave35 UnDave35 9 years
Abortion clinic bombings is correct, but I was referring to Christian terrorism on non-christian people (in other parts of the world. The point of the movie was to show that Christians are currently performing violent acts against muslims, and I don't see that happening.
Jude-C Jude-C 9 years
There are incidents of organized Christian terrorism in other parts of the world as well. I'm at work, which limits my research capabilities, but I'll be back later on with some links.
Kimpossible Kimpossible 9 years
undave - sure how about those who blow up abortion clinics or kill the doctors who perform the abortions? and I just saw Jude said that same thing - but that was where my mind went first as well.
Jude-C Jude-C 9 years
Fatal abortion clinic bombings carried out by fundamentalists would be a good start, I think.
UnDave35 UnDave35 9 years
Plenty of horrid crimes were carried out in the name of Jesus at one time. at one time? Sadly, they still are Please back this up with something resembling proof. Thanks
Kimpossible Kimpossible 9 years
thank you kris - you're very sweet.
KrisSugar KrisSugar 9 years
Kim, I think your comments are cool and I love your avatar!
Kimpossible Kimpossible 9 years
syako I know - I'm just envious that you all have so much in common and can have actual conversations and be friends... that's so cool. I'm not as good at voicing my opinions - many times I just end up sounding like an idiot...
Kimpossible Kimpossible 9 years
Plenty of horrid crimes were carried out in the name of Jesus at one time. at one time? Sadly, they still are.
UnDave35 UnDave35 9 years
If we are going to remember the crusades, let's also remember the muslim version of teh crusades, the invasion of spain and the mediteranian countries at the turn of the millinia (1000 AD). I agree that people do good and bad. It's time to get over what happened 1000 years ago, and move on
baltimoregal baltimoregal 9 years
I don't think this is the worst idea. The Old Testament is as old as the Koran so it's fitting. Plus, it's a rebuttal. In REPLY. And let's not forget the crusades. Plenty of horrid crimes were carried out in the name of Jesus at one time. It's time for us to understand that for other cultures to get past religious and cultural barriers, we have to do it first. There are no "evil empires" There are no "races". There are people. People can do bad things or good things, and they can be viewed in different ways. We need to be willing to understand and work together.
syako syako 9 years
:rotfl: kim - by now you shouldn't be surprised. we rarely stay on topic!! ;)
Kimpossible Kimpossible 9 years
LOL I came in here to see the 522 posts about your thoughts on a young muslims video on religion... boy was I surprised lol.
UnDave35 UnDave35 9 years
Geez. I disappear for 10 hours and look what happens. To all who are interested in a bible study, I will look at materials over the weekend and present some options on Monday.
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 9 years
Well looks like you all kissed and made up.
syako syako 9 years
:wave: bye everyone! GREAT DAY!! And can't want for the :highfive:
hausfrau hausfrau 9 years
:highfive:
hausfrau hausfrau 9 years
i gotta get movin! it as lovely chatting as always ladies! i hope your evenings are fantastic!
Jude-C Jude-C 9 years
Uhhh... :hug: for all
Jude-C Jude-C 9 years
:hugs: for all :)
Jude-C Jude-C 9 years
Bye to you too, Kris.
Jude-C Jude-C 9 years
Byeeee piper and cine--this was such bipartisan fun!
KrisSugar KrisSugar 9 years
heck yes! i'm out too ya'll. much love.
cine_lover cine_lover 9 years
One more thing, We need to really do the get together!! :highfive:
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