With Muslims, it is seldom that you see any positive demonstration of any sort for civil rights, human rights or general society issues. But you can clearly seeing them protesting and rioting against the slightest insult to their religion and the prophet. I think the reasons are obvious for that, Islam is, already a dictating religion with a bunch of human rights violations. However, my point here is not to expose Islam in that area (that will need a lot more than just a thread in this forum).
Currently there is an uncovered (by media) civil war in Iraq, we all know part of it from the news. Anyway, In the North-east of Iraq, there is the city of Mosul, an ancient city, which is actually beautiful. So I studied in the university of Mosul and I have a lot of good memories there and i still in contact with many friends there through FB. Al-Qaeda is now fighting vigorously the Iraqi army in that city and there are, as usual, many civilian casualties and property destruction plus fleeing from the city. My friends( from inside Mosul, and outside) are posting the news minute by minute on their FB pages to let everyone know what is happening. What amazed me is almost all the posts are basically prayers to Allah to save the city. Some people posting verses of Quran and demand everyone to say Doa'a so Allah will intervene and save the children who are dying there. They literally asking Allah to stop it, Nobody is thinking of doing something productive other than the useless praying of Allah, In fact, they consider that as a very effective way in being a part of the solution.
Is that denial? what is that? they know, according to islam, that Allah is responsible for everything happening to us, Why do they ask him to stop something he/she/it started.
I'm talking here about educated people posting that crap, people who are functioning individuals in their society and most of them are physicians and surgeons, they represent science the scientific entity in the society, yet all they do is asking the almighty to spare their beloved city..
It pisses me off how people could be deceived by religion. It is a very good reason to be against religion and advocate against it instead of being neutral and just an atheist. Because of their religion nobody is even trying to reach these families to help them get out of those parts of city where it is dangerous, they just fuckin rely on Allah.