“Opus” of Political Correctness

by Ryan on August 27, 2007

in Culture,Media Bias,War on Terror

Berkeley Breathed’s cartoon strip “Opus” was striken from Sunday’s Washington Post and other papers (probably syndicates) because it had the audacity to knock radical Islam in a satirical way.  Apparently, when shown the cartoon, a few Muslims on staff had an “emotional” response to the cartoon so the execs chose to strike it from the paper.  Some Muslims recoiled over the fact that the cartoon mixes a sexual innuendo in a cartoon where Islam is a theme.  Oh boy, load up the martyrdom vests, the Crusades are here! 

However, in what can only be called a ridiculous double standard, the Post ran an “Opus” cartoon last week where the girl, Lola, knocked the late Reverend Jerry Falwell.  I wonder if those same execs at the Post believe that Christians might have an “emotional” response to their religion being satirized?  Do they even ask?  Why does it seem that Islam gets a pass from the satirists pen, while other groups can be knocked and diminished?  In America, we don’t get murdered for our political points of view on religion– this isn’t Denmark yet.

These kinds of controversies created by media types only serve to aggravate both sides of what should be an open dialogue on a serious issue.  We satirize things in America.  That’s a part of our culture that we all have to live with.  It’s that whole free speech thing.  Radical Islam (roughly about 1% of all Muslims, which is still millions of people) wants to destroy America, forcefully convert Christians, wipe out Israel, and eliminate all non-Islamic Civilization.  I think we should be able to discuss these things in an open forum, which (to the chagrin of some) includes political cartoons.

The Washington Post Writers Group cartoon.

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