I read this morning that a high court in Pakistan had “banned” facebook because of some stupid fan page that asked visitors to draw caricatures of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh).
WTF? Muslims, esp those in Pakistan, unfortunately did exactly what the creators of that page wanted: got provoked, inflamed youth even more, and if anything raised the profile of an otherwise idiotic page. My friend Adil Najam (of Boston University) accurately summarizes what muslim protests accomplished. I too wish I didn’t even have to write this.
Here’s my 2 cents worth if any protesting muslims are reading this – Does a hateful FB page really deserve this level of attention? is this the biggest issue facing muslims right now? Do we really need to care what some loonies on some website have to say/do/incite? Hateful speech is not to be encouraged, but can a troubled and struggling society like Pakistan really afford to be concerned about websites, movies, cartoons to this extent? Have we lost our sense of priorities? Pakistan, and muslims in general, must first deal with dissuaded youth, internal violence, cross-border terrorism, illiteracy, unemployment, inflation, and severe lack of health care, power or water.
This FB-related news item comes after observing several days of back and forth on another email list regarding the young Lebanese lady (Rima Fakih) who got crowned as the Miss USA. I have my own issues with beauty pageants and such but having a Muslim or an Arab participating in it has nothing to do with it. Do we really have to judge her now as a bad person because she grew up in this country and decided to participate in a contest that at least on its hallowed marketing materials claims to promote young women “who compete with hope of advancing their careers, personal and humanitarian goals, and as women who seek to improve the lives of others.” She now has a platform to possibly do some good, even if just in words. So let her, please.
Some people just need to grow up…and get their heads screwed on right so they can focus on better priorities.