Faith at Altitude

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Monday, February 06, 2006

A picture is worth a thousand (or more) protesters

And who says no-one reads the paper anymore?

In case you missed it, the Muslim world is, generally, in a state of uproar over a series of political cartoons published by a Danish paper. The cartoons showed the Islamic prophet Mohammed (a no-no in itself) in less-than-flattering terms, which upset many Muslims and culminated (at least for now) in the burning of the Danish embassy in Lebanon.

The newspaper (Jyllands Posten) apologized, sorta, to offended Muslims, but argued publishing such cartoons was protected as free speech -- an argument backed by the Danish government. Many Muslim leaders and even whole governments say the need to be sensitive to other religions is paramount, and is still demanding a more forthright apology and retraction. Many Muslims are also boycotting Danish goods.

So what trumps what? Are religious figures open for hard-core satire in political cartoons? How would you feel if, in a political cartoon, Jesus or Moses or Buddha (or the religious leader of your choice) was shown gleefully brandishing a nuclear weapon? Or entering a porn store? How would you react?


Blogger my_take said...

All this uproar over the cartoons serves to show the divide between the Muslim world and the rest of the world. Other religious people, particularly Jews and Christians, have been satirized for decades in the media with no comparable uproar. If Jews and Christians were to riot, vandalize, murder and pilliage in the same way that the Muslims have, most of the newspapers, television stations, etc, would have been torched at least once by now. A recent example of a comparable cartoon is one of Jesus hanging on the cross with dollar signs for eyes. Now, as a Christian my first thought is that it was inappropriate at best. However, my next thought was shame on the so called christians who cause such a reaction to occur. Many in christian media have made a mockery of the Gospel of Christ by teaching that godliness is a means of gain, 1 Timothy 6:5. I'm sure many Christians like me, would have the same reaction. The Muslims who are demanding an apology should do a little self examination before they demand a special apology not afforded to other religious peoples.

10:21 AM  
Blogger The Mama of the House said...

I have to agree with "my_take." Truthfully, I cannot accept people's mockery of Christ. Nonetheless, the free press is important. Usually, it for good reasons stereotypes and cartoon satire exist. They ought to have us look at our own behaviors and see what we can do to fix them.

8:20 PM  

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