New Zealand has not yet seen, to my knowledge, any direct protest action related to the moronic anti-Muslim film Innocence of Muslims. But as violent demonstrations spill out around the world, one Aucklander has gained first-hand experience of the anger the film has engendered.
That’s because his website, Media for Christ, shares a name with the US-based group that reportedly produced the thing. And his website pops up at the top of many internet searches for that name.
The NZ Media for Christ is not in the business of hate speech, but instead concerned with disseminating “Christian material – from godly apologists, evangelists, preachers and prophets – to be shared with the church at large”.
And they’ve added a message on their front page confirming that they have nowt to do with their American namesakes. It reads, in part:
What is sad is that the majority of folks who have sent me hate emails (I understand their anger and harbor no ill-will – to do so would destroy the very message of Christ) have taken the time to look up my email id, but not bothered to read this statement.
I am myself terribly saddened by the loss of lives, property and devastation.
How a bunch of cowards (all those responsible for this film) can believe they are better than anyone else beats me!
What were the producers thinking??? I have a strong Muslim background, and with much reluctance I watched parts of the film.
The Bible, again and again, cautions its believers against taking a high moral ground.
Neither the Bible, nor Christ, accords anyone the right to judge another thought, belief or religion.
I strongly denounce this terrible film. I have no association or affiliation, formally or informally with the Duarte-based Media For Christ. I hurt for the families of the Americans who lost their lives helping others in a strange and foreign land.