The USA Today published a controversial opinion editorial by radical Muslim cleric, Anjem Choudary. The title of the article, "People know the consequences," alludes to the notion that French officials are largely responsible for the attack for allowing the paper to mock Islam. Choudary claims such systematic murders are justified under Sharia (Islamic) law:
"Muslims consider the honor of the Prophet Muhammad to be dearer to them than that of their parents or even themselves. To defend it is considered to be an obligation upon them. The strict punishment if found guilty of this crime under sharia (Islamic law) is capital punishment implementable by an Islamic State. This is because the Messenger Muhammad said, "Whoever insults a Prophet kill him."
"However, because the honor of the Prophet is something which all Muslims want to defend, many will take the law into their own hands, as we often see."
Although Choudary does not represent the view of the majority of Muslims, his views are extremely dangerous and add fuel to the fire that is extremism. Not only does Choudary advocate for the suppression of free speech, he places greater value on religious views than he does the sanctity of human life. Such views belong to the dark ages, not the 21st century. Humanity must not submit to such egregious, intellectually perilous logic. Let's hope moderate Muslims speak out against such views and advocate for the freedom of expression of all people.
"Contrary to popular misconception, Islam does not mean peace but rather means submission to the commands of Allah alone. Therefore, Muslims do not believe in the concept of freedom of expression, as their speech and actions are determined by divine revelation and not based on people's desires."