Video from the South China Morning post covering the demonstrations of Muslims in Hong Kong regarding the Innocence of Muslims film. Community representatives were able to present a letter to a representative at the American Consulate.
Speaking to friends yesterday at Chungking Mansions there has been considerable thought amongst Hong Kong’s Muslims about how to protest and voice their concern. Alike the protests surrounding the Danish Cartoon incident in 2006, Muslims wanted to voice their concern and also represent the open, peaceful and accommodating culture of Islam in Hong Kong.
As ever the balance between free speech and social responsibility comes under close scrutiny. The legal connotations of free speech should be rightly protected, but are tarnished when they are manipulated to deliberately cause offence and ridicule other people and their beliefs. Even under the rubric of free speech there are many issues which are taboo and curtail such freedoms. There is no free speech in talking about bombs in an airport, and the offence taken at topless pictures of a British Royal this week shows how people feel offence quite deeply on vastly different issues. Balancing this, the insanity of deliberately inciting rage, can only be paralleled with those that take the offence to the extreme of killing…a very cursory attempt to sum up a complex issue.