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07 February 2006 @ 08:56 pm
I suppose I should just sit quietly, but...  

as somebody in weirdjews posted, from Filibuster Cartoons:


Seems to me that people ought to be respectful of others and of beliefs not their own, but it also seems to me that it needs to apply in both/all directions.

Current Mood: distresseddisgusted
ask mevorona on February 8th, 2006 04:11 am (UTC)
Jeffgalacticvoyeur on February 8th, 2006 05:13 am (UTC)
yellow journalism at its worst

timed for the greatest effect

in this case, a diversion away from how fucked up everything is at the moment, carefully crafted to inflame the easily inflamed

We Are Not Amused.
Stephen Leighsleigh on February 8th, 2006 01:06 pm (UTC)
I think all the furor largely shows that if someone or some group wants an excuse to get froth-mouthed and violent, there always something out there that will suffice as an excuse...

And yes, respect should apply in all directions...
Lollardfishlollardfish on February 8th, 2006 02:09 pm (UTC)
This, to me, is precisely the issue.

I'm not sure about the whole graven images thing, and neither have the Muslims been, historically. But slandering/mocking the prophet is right out. But I have no sympathy for people who demand politeness in the press then invoke the Protocals of the Elders of Zion and demand the destruction of Israel and the massacre of the Jews.

The problem, though, is the "moderate Muslim." The question I always ask myself is what makes a moderate Muslim house, feed, give money to, or even become a radical. Or more importantly, what makes a moderate Muslim sit quietly and let the radicals set the agenda. There's a newspaper editor (I can't remember where in the Islamic world. I want to say Dubai, but I can't remember) who asked whether Islam was more hurt by cartoons or by beheading people on television. He's right, but the cartoons mean that those who most need to hear it, aren't listening.
Mizz Laura Jeanmizzlaurajean on February 8th, 2006 02:55 pm (UTC)
"An eye for an eye and the whole world is blind." Ghandi

I think all members involved ought to be sent to their rooms until they can at least pretend to appear as adults.
gomeza on February 8th, 2006 05:54 pm (UTC)
Silly human, expecting people to treat each other with respect!
dd-bdd_b on February 8th, 2006 07:54 pm (UTC)
The most widely circulated of the cartoons that started this seems, to me, to be making the point that suicide bombers and their supporters are *claiming* the backing of the prophet for their actions. That's a thing worth pointing out, I think. And tough bippies to anybody who finds it offensive.

The *method* of pointing it out, a cartoon using an image of the prophet, appears to go against some muslim rules (which have been widely ignored historically in the muslim world).

Whether it's "insensitive" to ignore muslim religious rules in a Danish newspaper is perhaps an open quesiton. Or, to put it differently, should all newspapers on the planet be required to follow all the rules of every religion on the planet? The only possible answer to that question is "no" (but you can perhaps make an argument that a lesser degree of adherence to *some* rules of *some* religions would be the right thing to do).