According to Liam, who was – ohmygosh – raised as a Catholic altar boy in Ireland, after spending much time in Istanbul filming his latest movie, The Grey, a change to practicing the Islamic religion might be in order:
“The call to prayer happens five times a day, and for the first week, it drives you crazy, and then it just gets into your spirit, and it’s the most beautiful, beautiful thing. There are 4,000 mosques in the city. Some are just stunning, and it really makes me think about becoming a Muslim.”
Liam has never made it a secret that he’s interested in religion, but hasn’t formally “settled” into a particular sector:
“I was reared a Catholic, but I think every day we ask ourselves, not consciously, what are we doing on this planet? What’s it all about? I’m constantly reading books on God or the absence of God and atheism.”
So, OK. Sure. I’m all for “to each his own,” even if I don’t practice what others practice. I’m not going to demonize someone because of their spiritual (or lack of) beliefs. It’s not my place. I know what I believe, and to me, what I believe is real, but I also believe that what you believe is also real. Call it a cop-out, call it what you’d like: it is what it is. The thing that gets me, though, is that there’s a large outcry against Liam for “abandoning” his religion and converting to a religion that many bigots worldwide look down upon. In a lot of the comment forums where related information regarding Neeson is posed, there are hate-mongers who appear to stop at nothing in alienating every single Muslim for what they believe. For example, from the Daily Mail:
“Don’t do it, Liam!”
Or the best:
“He converts to Islam, I will loose [sic] all respect for him as an actor.”
Yes, because YOUR RELIGION dictates your talents and defines you as a person. Right.
Then you have the American sites who have a lot of commenters also saying the same thing. From the Huffington Post:
“The muslim faith is NO good! Liam does not know what he is getting himeself [sic] into!!!”
“Relax guys…he’s only THOUGHT of becoming a Muslim…hope he doesn’t go thru [sic] with it :S”
What really gets me, what really, really gets me is that if Liam (or another prolific Muslim) claimed that they were converting to Christianity or some other more “user-friendly” religion, the consensus would be all “Oh! Joy! Good for him!” but because there are so many people who are prejudiced against anyone who practices the Islamic faith, Liam is looked at like some kind of traitor. Does. not. compute. Sorry.
I guess that whole “freedom of choice” thing that the world loves to ram down one another’s throats does not apply when it comes to anyone even considering the Muslim faith as a viable path. The f-ck.