Words can be exceedingly dangerous, the words "burnt a Koran", "Blasphemous", "Insulting the Prophet" can be an instant death sentence in many Islamic countries if directed at you, the mob will respond instinctively to them and attack the indicated target. It is the power to control the mob that gives the Imans and Nutbars power to cower average people.
That is people reacting to words. Words 'could be' and in your case, they are, a catalyst. The words themselves, are not dangerous. The ideas (education) attached to those words is the key to what action, is the result of what that word is interpreted as. If people are not educated, they have little choice, except to believe what they are told. When someone can't understand the world around them, from the time they were born, and are imprinted over that same time, by a single opinion and interpretation. It is the only thing they know. The words in Kabul (eg) have not changed, they are spoken the same way as they were in the '60s. Then, people were educated, knew there was a whole other world outside their village. They went to University, and became doctors, lawyers, had a government that was effective, people were happy and prosperous. Over the next 50 years, the meaning of those words changed, as schools were blown up, sharia was reintroduced. The words were the same, but now Afghanistan was no longer rich, fertile and educated. Sheep are easily led. Now, give them some semblance of security, keep wages consistent, even at $2 USD /day and your sheep will do whatever you tell them. They know nothing else. instinctively, you call it. Ignorance is the cause of strife, not the words. Those that use the words, to incite hatred, are educated puppeteers and use their education to change the words meaning to suit their purposes. You will have to try very hard if you wish to change my opinion on this. IF
I'm wrong, please show me where. In my mind, words alone are harmless. Ignorance of their meaning (lack of education) is what causes people to put physical action, or not, into play upon processing that info based on what they have been told is the meaning. Call me blasphemous, scream it in my face or write it out on a banner and carry it around. You do that based on your interpretation and attack me for it. I hear the word and I could care less. I know what my interpretation is, garnered from many sources and formed as my own. Call me blasphemous or Batman, you'll get the same reaction and I won't try cut off your head.