Sometimes my greatest wish is for everyone in the world to think critically. I know that such a wish is inhibited by the real forces of poverty, illiteracy, violence, and ideology, but it would just be so nice if everyone paused and said, “does this make sense?” Would the hate-mongering bigots behind the film be so convinced that every Muslim in America and the world is a secret member of al-Qaeda? Would Rush Limbaugh still spread the absolutely insane theory that Al Qaeda gave up Osama Bin Laden because they wanted Obama to be re-elected because he would be softer on them and their mission to destroy Israel? (Yes, the logic makes my head hurt too). Would an Egyptian still protest against an obscure film that was clearly made just to push his buttons? And, would Joe Scarborough really think that all Muslims (about 1/6 of the world’s population) mindlessly hate the United States just because a tiny portion of that population is currently protesting?
Well, I am happy to say that I am not the only one who seems annoyed by the lack of critical thinking. Last week I saw this awesome photo on the Facebook wall of an Egyptian group that I follow. It seems to be taken in Syria, where someone is poignantly contrasting the current outcry over the American film with the staggering, global silence over the continued slaughter of Muslims in Syria. “Every day there are films from Syria that are insulting to God and the Prophet. Where are you, Muslims?” As of Monday morning this, 12,000 people liked this post–way more people than were at the protests at any of the embassies. Now that is some critical thinking for you.