Iran urges West to take action on anti-Islam film


Iranian worshippers hold up anti-US placards and posters showing Iranian supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, and late revolutionary founder Ayatollah Khomeini, during a protest after their Friday prayer, on Friday, Sept. 14, 2012, as part of widespread anger across the Muslim world about a film ridiculing Islam’s Prophet Muhammad. AP/Vahid Salemi

TEHRAN, Iran — Iran’s top leader is urging the West to show it respects Muslims by blocking a film that mocks the Prophet Muhammad and has touched off rage across the Islamic world.

State TV quotes Ayatollah Ali Khamenei as saying Western leaders must prove they are not “accomplices” in a “big crime.”

But such an appeal falls into the major cultural divides over the film. U.S. officials say they cannot limit free speech and Google Inc. refuses to do a blanket ban on the YouTube video clip. This leaves individual countries putting up their own blocks.

Khamenei noted Monday that some nations place restrictions on expression, such as banning Nazi-related sites.

Iranians have staged several demonstrations against the film, but none have been violent.

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  • mon key

    Islam is said to be a way of Peace and Understanding. Yet, the way leaders of the Islamic faith reacts to obscure commentaries about their faith, they take is as if every one who is not of their faith agrees to such commentaries. The automatic reaction has always been violence and threats of conflict. Is this what the Prophet (PBUH) thought of what Islam should be, or is this just leaders of the Islamic faith who are using the Prophet (PBUH) for their own hegemonic agenda?

    • simplengmamayan

      Who are you to question their faith? Your an atheist are you not?

      • mon key

        what is it to you what i believe? if violence is an expression of faith, then i would rather NOT believe.

      • simplengmamayan

        then what is it to you about their belief?

      • mon key

        why do they have to be violent? you don’t get my point. mag isip ka nga nang mabuti. di lahat nang bagay ganun ka simple. kailangan pag isipan. 

  • JEO

    They are thinking they the righteous one. We should not buying on the demands of this group of people.

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