Here are the links. Everyone should read the Executive Summary. Remember to talk with the other group who is presenting on the same religion, so that you don’t end up with two of the same presentation. I would like to know Thursday, if possible, the narrower subject of your presentation (i.e., “Christianity in Sub-Saharan Africa,” or “Buddhist beliefs about creation and the afterlife”).
The biggest world news of the morning might be this: Turkey has approved military action across the border into Syria.
At the Daily Beast, Hussein Ibish discusses blasphemy laws in the Middle East. This time, the discussion is sparked by developments in Egypt, where two Coptic Christian children have been arrested for “insulting religion.”
Here are some links that might guide people toward some further answers to the questions we asked yesterday. Please note that some of these include video; if you’re going to watch them in the lab, please use headphones. Do also remember that not only is the YouTube video in question offensive to many in the Middle East, it is likely offensive to many here in the U.S.
Finally: Remember that this story is still developing, so you should be careful to consider what in these stories is fact, what is speculation, and what is opinion.
Okay, on to the links:
Wednesday night, MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow made the case that the attack itself was unlikely to be the result of a protest gone out of control, and that it was more likely a planned attack in retaliation for the US killing of al-Qaida’s #2 man (it’s long and complicated). The BBC suggests it might be another group, Ansar al-Sharia.
Dave Weigel of Slate gives some details regarding the still-murky origins of the offending video. Jeffrey Goldberg of The Atlantic has been working on this as well.
Weigel also provides a link to the story we touched on from 2006, when the Danish cartoon controversy broke out.
Finally (for now), Goldberg also had a thoughtful take on blasphemy laws and freedom of speech.
UPDATE, 9/13/12: Again, via Jeffrey Goldberg, the AP is reporting that the initially-reported identity of the filmmaker is almost certainly fake, and that the actual filmmaker may be a Coptic Christian, rather than Israeli.
And the photo above is one from a series of powerful images posted by the Atlantic Wire.