Annan pleas for calm.
Muslim protests have contained banners saying:
"Butcher those who mock Islam"
"Freedom of expression go to hell"
"Europe go to hell"
"Behead those who insult Islam"
The list goes on...
The cartoons? I have them all on my fridge. Reminds me of the world I live in. Are they violent? No. Do they encourage violence directly? No. In fact, they are realtively tame. And yet the Muslims (some of them) are crying blue murder and most of the rest are fuming. And these are the same people who published a cartoon of Jews dressed as Nazis murdering small children.... *hypocrisy alert*
IMO the cartoons were in poor taste. However, they were not violent and they were not encouraging violence. The west is famous for its satirical attitude to religion and its apptitude for political satire. All religions and organisations are fair game (with the possible exception of Jews, but considering the systematic genocide of the Holocaust, that is understandable). Those who are being satirised need to accept the freedoms that allow it, ignore it if they dont like it, be irritated and offended by all means but GET OVER IT. They are fair game, just like anyone else. Their religious laws do not apply in the west and they are foolish to expect that they should. This is really a very small matter, considering 9/11 and 7/7 etc. And if they are as religious as they claim, surely their own religious conviction will carry them through. They dont need to west to pussy-foot around them for fear of hurting their religion.
Besides, if they deny us freedom of speech, that does not bode well for them in the future...
....and it seems this has already been covered! *slaps self for being dense* Is there any way this post could be moved to the real topic on this? And this topic deleated?
Edited by Schmokie_Dragon, 04 February 2006 - 10:24 AM.