Sam Harris is one of my all-time heroes; he is a rare beacon of forensic-light when it comes to analysing world religions and demolishing their collective nonsense. In this excellent piece he nails the recent hysteria surrounding the allegedly 'anti-Muslim video', and the US Government's response.
'The latest wave of Muslim hysteria and violence has now spread to over twenty countries. The walls of our embassies and consulates have been breached, their precincts abandoned to triumphant mobs, and many people have been murdered - all in response to an unwatchable Internet video titled “Innocence of Muslims.” Whether over a film, a cartoon, a novel, a beauty pageant, or an inauspiciously named teddy bear, the coming eruption of pious rage is now as predictable as the dawn. This is already an old and boring story about old, boring, and deadly ideas. And I fear it will be with us for the rest of our lives.' (Sam Harris article).