Monday, February 06, 2006
Those Danish cartoons
The cartoons, from Human Events Online.
And here is an essay on what the press in Europe has done, and the press in the United States has not done, with them.
Essay, from Left2Right.
It seems that two of the Muslem Imans from Denmark also got some hate mail when they protested the cartoons back in September, that included three other very obscene cartoons. Now these Imans in their personal anger have distributed those obscene cartoons in Syria and the Palestine areas, and the new cartoons have taken on a life of their own. Now the "Arab Street" thinks the obscene cartoons were "published" in Denmark as well. So now we have people full of Hate and Self Rightgeousness on both sides of the issue talking, nay, shouting past each other. Not to mention the Jacque Chirac says he will nuke any country that allows an attack on France.
Those cartoons don't look like they could start WWIII do they?
Re, "Not to mention the Jacque Chirac says he will nuke any country that allows an attack on France."
Do you mean allows an attack on Iran?
history repeats itself....
Interesting, too, that traditional Islam prohibited the depiction of any human form, but because of issues of idolatry. Treating Mohammed's image as sacred means putting him on a level with God. In that sense, an obviously irreverent caricature is actually less of an offense against Islam than, say, the self-admiring portraits of Saudi princes that deck their public buildings.
As to why American news outlets should or should not publish these cartoons, some have, some have with Muhammad pictilated, other just didn't.
The Danish Muslem instigators of this whole thing tried to get the ball rolling in September and failed. What they are on record as wanting is an EU law prohibiting such blaspheme as they see it. Well the fire died down and nothing happened, so they added some obscene cartoons that came to them in the mail to the mix and are tying again by setting the Arab Street on fire elsewhere. Now the papers in the EU are now engaged, and are thumbing their nose at them, which is exactly what the Imans wanted to happen.
Let us leave it over there where it belongs. Importing the argument to the U.S. is simply non-productive.
By the way did anyone catch the "South Park" version of Muhammad?
One note of cultural interest however, is that for the most part, it is the ultra-conservative religious types in America that are most willing to show the cartoons that another religion deems as blasphemous.
Ironic, huh? If Christianity were being ridiculed, say by some 'artist' supported by the NEA, the guys on the left would be behind him. For some reason, Christianity is the only religion that it is OK to mock in this country.
Can I ask you a question: how do you feel about Hindus and Buddhists? Would you ridicule Hinduist polytheism?
Personally, I think if we all spent a little more time being respectful of people who believed differently than we do, and a little less time arguing that "my God can beat up your God", the world would be a whole lot better off. Religious disagreement has engendered many a war in the past, and apparently will continue to do so in the future.
I don't know. I've never met a practitioner of either faith. I hate to do this, but what does 'respect' mean? I would not order chicken instead of steak if I went out to eat with a Hindu - is that disrespectful? I would share belief in God with either, as I believe it is my duty - this I would try to do respectfully. I guess I would try to respect their beliefs, but I would not alter my life to appease, nor would I remain silent in my own faith.
Whether people ridicule Christianity or not doesn't matter to me. In fact, I ridicule what passes for Christianity in this country sometimes myself.
I' guess making fun of anythin for the sole purpose of harming someone else is "wrong" unless you meahn to harm the someone else because he-she is an actual enemy bent on doing you harm.
We made fun of Nips and Japs during World War II. That wasn't wrong, I don't think. It would be today, probably.
IF you think that all of Islam is the enemy, I suppose that calling them all "towel heads" or "sand N's" might be the same thing. But all of Islam is NOT the enemy.
Suicide bombers and those who support them? They're homicide bombers, sissies and their mamas dress them funny, especially with those towels on their heads.
As were the ball-less murders who used to wear sheets on their heads in our own country.
"Rambling, not necesarrily reasoning."
Personally, I have never met any religion that didn't deserve ridicule sooner or later. In general the older the religion and the more orthodox the more likely there is some paradox or incongruity that will open it to ridicule.
Did you see the south park episode on the immigrants from the future coming that “Took are jobs”?