PH professor defies ban, proceeds with screening of anti-Islam film

@romzee (938)
Philippines
September 22, 2012 6:53pm CST
Lawyer Harry Roque defied a UP ban for screening of “Innocence of Muslims”. And he reason out : “This is more important because today is September 21 (Martial law anniversary), we have to take a stand and honor those who gave their lives for our freedom,” he said in a phone interview. “Aside from freedom of expression, I have academic freedom.” Is he overextending his rights or his actions is justifiable?
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@nhieleiko (109)
• Philippines
24 Sep 12
I am not a Muslim but I can understand why they protest against this movie. People like Atty. Harry Roque cannot understand how the Muslim people feel if their Muhammad were used in the film. It is such a disgrace for them. We should be thankful because Filipino muslims try to settle it in a legal way by filing a case in the Supreme Court. He should understand that. What if our Filipino muslims will be like in the other country? protesting while killing people. Can he stop that madness? He should think well. We should be as one even if we have different religion. We are all Filipinos so we should understand one another.
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• Philippines
24 Sep 12
I think there is still problem with perceptions, what it be a religious or a people perception. Like many religions, people can have different perceptions of the same religion and the people professing them. There are liberal and fanaticals inside a common religion. i also commend our Filipino Muslims for disgracing it in a more civilized manner. That is a true mark of civility against barbarism.
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@romzee (938)
• Philippines
24 Sep 12
If only all religions can practice tolerance on other beliefs, then world peace can easily be achieve. The problems arises from the fanatics or shall I say lun.tics.
@rog0322 (2834)
• Cagayan De Oro, Philippines
24 Sep 12
Hi, That's freedom of expression. Let us just see how far that freedom can get, martial law or not. The Muslim community are up and against the one who made the film and they might as well include those who caused their show to be made public. If only the Christian has the same fervor for their faith...
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@romzee (938)
• Philippines
26 Sep 12
Christian are more subdue now than those of the earlier era of Christianity but it doesn't means we have lesser fervor in our faith than our Muslim brothers. "
@rsa101 (14878)
• Quezon City, Philippines
24 Sep 12
For as long as the showing of the film is confined inside the campus and would not be allowed to go on public. We all know that the film has created a lot of violence outside of our country. We should try to stop this film from being spread outside the confines where the film will be watched by many and would infuriate our Muslim brothers. I think the film is really just a depiction of mockery of their prophet mohammed which I think is strictly forbidden by their religion to be depicted in movies. We should respect this and not feed their frustration over this and suffer the same fate as those in other country.
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@romzee (938)
• Philippines
26 Sep 12
The film should be ban not because we are afraid of how our Muslim brother will react but out of respect for their belief.
• Philippines
23 Sep 12
Hello romzee, of course they can punish the professor for being defiant to the ban. but I understand why he did it, it's really no such a big deal because it's nothing more than a parody to me. I believe he's right, there's nothing wrong with the video instead those sensitive guys who took it seriously.
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@romzee (938)
• Philippines
24 Sep 12
Hello LetranKnight25. Although I haven't seen the controversial movie, I think you're right, It will just stay as a piece of sh.t if not to those sensitive guys that take it so seriously.
• Philippines
23 Sep 12
It’s his discretion as a professor to do or approve coursework for his students. That’s the academic freedom. However, I think he already knows that the university is banning it and they may take action for this. Personally, if there is an action afterward, he had known it and had it coming. He better not complain because it is already a matter of public record. Then again, don’t tell me that he can’t find another movie to show the concept of freedomof expression. Also, it doesn’t have to a film material to show for his class.
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@romzee (938)
• Philippines
23 Sep 12
Yes, he knows it for sure. I think he is just testing/showing how freedom of expression now differs during Martial rules.
@aerous (13474)
• Philippines
23 Sep 12
What is connection of Martial Law, into the anti-islam film. Why that Attorney, want to connect it since Martial is not about Islam? He is a lawyer, but not thinking in what to say. I don't know why people still thinking that Martial Law, is an acts to abuse innocent people. As far as I know they impose it because of the atrocities of those New People's Army, and harassing civilian and they killed innocent people. They should remember that not only the Military, was murdering innocent people. NPA are more to blame...those bombings and all the atrocities in the country is not Military propaganda but NPA propaganda, so that the government was to blame.
@romzee (938)
• Philippines
23 Sep 12
Hi aerous. I think he's just using the controversial film just to show his own agenda.
@aerous (13474)
• Philippines
26 Sep 12
It might be that way, friend. But I don't like what action he though about because he is a lawyer and acts like a lawyer. I don't know why he is always want in front of the news. He is an activist and he must be aware of what the implication of such thing?
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@romzee (938)
• Philippines
3 Oct 12
He must have a hidden agenda, don't you think? May be he have ambition to run for office, now that election got nearer. Just a thought...