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A few months ago, a Danish newspaper published what newspapers publish dozens of times a day: cartoons.
Cartoons serve as an alternate way to express one’s opinion. They can be family oriented, work related, political, and yes, even religious. But they all have one thing in common: they are never meant to be taken seriously, and are of course the sole point of view of the artist. It is a matter of expression what one draws and a reflection of their views on a certain topic. Most newspapers have commentary sections. They serve as an alternate opinion to the one (if any) presented in the paper. This is not only productive and potentially educational, but allows alternate positions to be examined.
What is going on in Europe and the Middle East is beyond apprehension. It is total chaos stemming from fear and hatred. The Muslims all over the eastern world are rioting because of their belief that Muhammad should not be drawn. No one, they argue, has the ‘right’ to draw their prophet. Hmmm. That’s interesting. And it begs the question.
What rights do they believe someone has? Do women have a right to education, or is that a right solely allowed to men? Do women have the right to be individuals, or must they be completely submissive? Do people have the freedom of choice of religion in a country that imposes Sharia Law? Ahh… Now these questions shed light on the true mindset of the people who believe against freedom in many forms.
Freedom of speech and freedom of opinion are one of the largest dividing factors that separate truly free nations from communistic or barbaric civilizations. Can one be truly free if their choices are limited to what someone says they can or cannot do? And what if the ‘restrictions’ are based on a philosophy that allows absolutely no dissent? What does the Koran require of Muslims to do to non-believers? I don’t know what the answer is, but judging by the events of the last week or so, it’s not ‘make friends.’
The cartoons themselves represent the nature of the Muslim religion. The direct definition of ‘Islam’ is ‘submission,’ and as such, I guess we really can’t be surprised at their response. Islam is not, as most people would have you believe, a religion of peace. Oh! they claim, it’s only the extreme Muslims that believe in Jihad. We are a religion of peace and love, they shout as they hurl Molotov cocktails at embassies, burn flags and effigies, and their leaders cry bloody murder over what? A handful of cartoons?
This past Sunday, on Fox News, Brit Hume got it right:
What is striking about this is what offends these Muslims who are protesting and these imams. Does the slaughter of innocent people in many parts of the world in the name of Allah offend them? Is that a sacrilege worthy of protest? No, not in the least. No, cartoons published five months ago in a -what- for people who live in Gaza and Damascus is an unknown and unheard-of newspaper--that's what's offending them. Not to mention, of course, the kinds of slurs against Christians and against the Jewish faith that are regularly spread abroad in the Arab world by the mass media and by these imams.Freedom of speech is absolutely worth fighting for. It doesn’t matter what people say, I support their right to say it. I look at these cartoons, and I find them completely neutral. They’re not especially comical, nor do they inspire any sort of rage. Maybe because I’m not Muslim, and I cannot see this ‘deeper meaning,’ but these have got to be some of the most boring cartoons I have ever seen. Why then, is happening? The fact that the cartoons depict the ‘explosive’ nature of Muslims is actually prophetic, and it seems to me that if there ever was a stereotype that’s absolutely dead on, this is it.
This is really a disgrace. And it is a disgrace not least because of the obvious, howling double standard involved here. The really great sins are ignored. And this trivia is protested.
Let us examine a brief Cause –> Effect relationship, and I would like you all to judge which party here is over-reacting. Which group is the one doing the ‘hate mongering’ and who are the victims?
So what is the lesson here? If you don’t like something someone says, then you have an obligation to hate, assault and firebomb him or her into submission until you get your way, right? RIGHT?!? Wait a second….
But honestly, i believe there is something much more going on here than meets the eye. I think there are very evil forces out there that are promoting a much bigger agenda. What it is, i'm not quite sure....
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