posted on Feb, 3 2006 @ 03:34 PM
Idolatry is a big no-no when it comes to Islam. Portraying the prophet is a serious crime, for reasons only a religious extremist could possibly
understand. I don't agree with their reaction, because it seems ridiculous to me, completely out of the realm of logic and reason. Consider though,
And, on top of that, most of the cartoons were poorly drawn and poorly conceived. There were several gems, the one with the two burqa clad women and
the scimitar-wielding prophet (sans eyes) was particularly clever. The bomb hat was well drawn, but I'm really not sure what the point of it was.
Do papers have the right to run these cartoons? Absolutely. Do muslims have the right to be offended when you commit a sin against their faith?
Absolutely. (Certain sects of Christianity have a right to get offended at abortion, birth control, taking the lord's name in vain, pre-marital sex,
and so on, we can't reasonably ask them to change their beliefs, neither can they reasonably ask us to change ours - it's an idealogical
The bottom line is, we have to be as tolerant as we can of the behaviors of our neighbors. Failing that, people really ought to move somewhere more
in tune with their beliefs, rather than insinuate themselves into a culture vastly different than their own and then riot because they don't like the
policies put in place by the majority. If these rioters hate Europe so much, deport their butt to SA or the Pakistan badlands. Let them enjoy the
fruits of their unwillingness to coexist peacefully with others.
The laws handed down by the state, that govern us all, have to serve us all. Laws governing idolatry don't apply to us all, so we don't all need to
abide by them. Muslims are free to not draw the prophet, and to avoid gazing at his likeness, but they have no right to dictate the artistic pursuits
I would urge people to remember that the rioters represent a very small percentage of muslims. Most adherents of Islam are law-abiding and peaceful,
just as most Christians and Jews are the same.
The core of Islam is perfectly compatible with Christianity and Judaism, and in its purest form is a religion of peace and submission. Arguably,
Islam is one of the only religions that lends itself well to governance, since the fundamental understanding of muslims is that the ummah is a
community, not just spiritual, but brick and beam. Moderates are under-represented in the MSM, and that goes for ALL the religions.
The other fringe, folks like Maximus, are just as dangerous and embarassing as these rioters. Every time a muslim acts up, it's "Bomb the Hell
outta them!" Obviously there's a real problem with that mindset. Roadblocks have been thrown up by BOTH sides in this conflict, and it's the
responsibility of the great, unrepresented masses in the middle to rectify the situation.
I think it's high time the fringes of both sides got together in a small dirt arena and settled their differences once and for all. Moderates on
both sides can watch on PPV, while these fundamentalist barbarians duke it out and blow each other up, for no other reason than because they're unfit
for anything else.