First, the background in brief: A "film" of mysterious origins (apparently financed by "100 Jews" and directed by an "Israeli American") is translated or subtitled in to Arabic and shared with the Arab world. It depicts the Prophet Mohammed, which, in and of itself, offends many Muslims. It depicts the Prophet in coarse, unflattering ways. This really pisses some people off. They express their frustration in protest. Some of the protesters get very violent, killing people who have nothing to do with the film.
There are two reactions to this:
1) People say "Yuck! Islamic people are barbaric!"
2) People say "Yuck! The filmmakers are morons!"
Neither statement really approaches the depth or seriousness of what's going on.
Film is powerful. We learned this from the Nazis. Many of the world's more repressive governments work hard to suppress this kind of mass communication. TV and movies are heavily censored and controlled. Whoever made this controversial "Film" knew this and exploited it.
I get in to murky territory here, because people have been killed over this stupid "Film". I can't address the tendency toward brutality in the Muslim world, except to say that it angers me. If "accepting Muslim culture" means accepting Muslim violence, I reject Muslim culture. Of course, I don't believe Muslim culture necessitates Muslim violence, but it certainly seems to embrace it in some parts of the Islamic world.
In the West, frustration is ideally expressed not by violence, but by communication. Op-eds, essays, art. Even strikes, marches and sit-ins are much more about communication than they are about physical violence. I believe firmly in the virtues of expression-by-communication, and in the freedoms of speech, assembly, and the press that protect it.
I am proud to be a citizen of a country that embraces these freedoms, even if they result in trash. And I intend to make full use of these freedoms to point out how vile a piece of trash "Muslim Innocence" is.
The catalysts for cultural change are almost always acts of communication. Jesus spoke to his followers and changed Judaism forever. Marx wrote his Manifesto, and world politics transformed. Violence can appear to be a catalyst for change, but more likely, it inspires a hardening of attitudes, an entrenchment of opinion.
I think it's important to address problems in Islam, just as it is important to address problems in America, or in Judaism, or in any culture. I think it's necessary to address these issues with communication, rather than violence. I think there should be more brave artists willing to step up and say "hey, Islam, here's what we see when we look at you!"