Saturday, February 04, 2006

Muslim Reaction

Another example of how inflamatory the Muslim religion can be is demonstrated by the reaction to the Islamic cartoon published in a Danish newspaper.
...gunmen briefly kidnapped a 21-year-old German on Thursday from a hotel in Nablus. Palestinian gunmen threw a pipebomb into a French cultural centre in Gaza City in the early hours of yesterday. Later, 300 demonstrators rampaged through the lobby of a building housing the Danish embassy in Jakarta.

Anjem Choudhary, one of the leaders of the demonstration, refused to condemn the threat of another suicide attack in London on the scale of the July 7 bombings as a result of the perceived insult to Islam. "I am not in the business of condoning or condemning," he said. "The fact is that 7/7 was brought upon the people of London and Britain by the foreign policy of Tony Blair. There is no reason why there should not be more suicide bombings in London."

Now isn't it interesting that in 1987 when Andres Serrano created his "art" depicting a crucifix of Jesus Christ submerged in a class of his own urine, nobody was kidnapped, and no news was heard of Christians throwing pipe bombs. I have to wonder what would happen if George Carlin did a piece of stand-up, capping on Muslims.

I do think publishing the cartoon was probably in bad taste if the artists knew the stigma attached to a drawn image of Mohammed. But however insensitive and bad form the cartoon may be, is it really worth the backlash that it has caused?

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