Ready to Die for This?

by Ryan on February 18, 2006

in Politics,Religion

The above cartoon is amongst two others that are causing massive riots and violence towards non-Muslims across the world. You can view the others through this link. Some of them are in bad taste, but hardly enough to CONTINUE to be enciting violence and destruction across the world, now spreading weeks later into Central Africa.

I’m sorry, I kind of think this is not just a bit funny, but it also makes a distinct number of political points about the lunacy of suicide bombers and the blatant misinterpretation of the Koran. You know what that means about this cartoon??? It’s effective political satire.

I fear the kulturekampf taking place in parts of the Middle East at the behest of their governments is going to bubble over even further. I have a feeling that our European friends will feel the ultimate brunt of this irrational anger toward not just cartoonists, but the culture which supports political cartoon proliferation (read: Western Civilization and a pluralistic free press).

Like Bill Kristol at the Weekly Standard, I believe people should see what the deaths and injuries to dozens have resulted from. Also I agree with Annie C in that the idea that we in the West need to cow-tow to the violent protesters and irrational governments promoting this violence is ridiculous.

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Matt February 19, 2006 at 10:03 am

I have hardly been surprised by the reaction of radical Islam to the publication of these cartoons. These people are looking for any issue they can find to stir up violence and unrest. All that these radicals have accomplished is to further demonstrate to the world that these cartoons have accurately depicted their movement.

I think that one of the most disappointing things in this whole situation has been the reaction of “mainstream” Islam. There are riots and killing in the streets, and an imam recently placed a bounty on the heads of these Danish cartoonists… and what has been the response of mainstream Islam? Silence. If there was a leader in the Christian or Jewish religion calling for the murder of an innocent person, they would be instantly ostracized and condemned by the rest of the religious leadership. I haven’t seen the same reaction from the Islamic leadership.

I have never read the Koran, and, other than some basic beliefs, I don’t know much about the Muslim religion. I would like to believe that the majority of Muslims do not support this violence… I would like to believe that these radicals are perverting a noble religion… but their silence makes me wonder. If this really is a religion of peace, where is the outrage over the murder of innocent civilians?


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