A Mild Dissent

&#8220Had it been Christ or the Virgin Mary instead of Muhammad, I guess we would also be supporting the Danish media against the protests of Christians.&#8221

I think I have to dissent, mildly, from most of my friends at RedState who are willing to support the Danish media. I myself find the actions of the media there rather childish.

It was less than twenty years ago when Hollywood mocked the Christian faith with The Last Temptation of Christ. Christians took to the streets in protest and picketed theaters showing the movie. Muslims joined the protests because Christ is considered a prophet. Less than a decade ago, when Kevin Smith’s Dogma came out, complacent Christians did not protest, but still muslims protested the depiction of Our Lord in a satirical light. Now with Dan Brown’s pseudo-historical bs treated as near gospel by the mainstream media, hardly anyone says a word.

Now comes the present controversy. A Danish author wanted a picture drawn of the prophet Muhammad and discovered that it was against the tenets of Islam for there to exist a graven image of God or Muhammad. Upon discovering this, a Danish newspaper drew some relatively unfunny comics mocking Muhammad. One showed Muhammad at the gates of paradise telling young muslim men to back because they had run out of virgins (personally, I found that one funny). Another showed Muhammad with a bomb in his turban. They were not that impressive.

Muslims were outraged that their prophet would be mocked openly. They protested. Soon the Jesse Jacksons of the Islamic world were whipping the masses into a frenzy. Simultaneously, the rest of Western Europe joined in the gag and started running the cartoons. It became like a playground scene where some of the kids getting picked on by the bigger kids begin to cry and more of the big kids join in to get the kids to cry harder. Only in this case, the kids happen to be muslims who take their faith very, very seriously and are willing to kill or be killed in defense of it.

As the State Department, I think rightly, said, we should respect the freedom of the press, but there must be responsibility in that freedom. These cartoons were drawn mockingly in a nation where ethic tension between the native and muslim has been growing. Perhaps we mature Christians are just use to the scorn and derision of secular society, but muslims are not. And while I think their outrage has been disproportionate to the offense, at least they are willing to protest the mocking of their faith instead of being willing to accept the secular world’s constant peeing on their faith.

Had it been Christ or the Virgin Mary instead of Muhammad, I guess we would also be supporting the Danish media against the protests of Christians.

[editor’s note, by Erick] Now, let me reiterate that I think the protests in the muslim world have been disproportionate to the offense. In the West, we have Christians willing to blow up abortion clinics. The difference is that those types are a very small minority in the West and the majority in Islamic countries.

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  • I think that this is a buch of crap. I refuse to walk on eggshells for religious or political correctness in lands where freedom reigns. If it is God who gave us the freedom to mock his prophet to begin with than God will see to it those guilty are punished. Man should not be doing the punishing.

    Judaism seems the only religion not bastardized by the hands of extremists, and asshatery. I’m not Jewish, but they seem to be the only major religion kid on the block that has his stuff together. Muslims should be “Stomping the guts out of Private Pile.” The man in their platoon who has snapped.

    They sit on their hands and wait for everyone else to do the right thing. If it wasn’t for America they’s all be DEAD DEAD DEAD DEAD! Let me say it again……….If it wasn’t for the USA most muslims would be DEAD. Hell most everyone else too.

    His name was Adolf Hitler. He was Darth Vader. He wanted us all dead. Maybe he would have saved the English as pets. We start one war (we didn’t even start it!!) and what do we get?? A bunch of crap.

    “Muslims take to the streets in protest.” Who cares?? Most common muslims are cowards against their closest opressors, but yet fervently violent twoards distant powers whos grip if not exaggerated is non-existent. They’ve been tricked by the corruptors of their religion. They are scared to die for their own freedom. Scared. They probably don’t even want it. If they do they should die for it like everyone else had to. Why do we have to show them how to die for freedom? I’d sign up to go if I ever saw them sticking up for themselves. Cowards. I’m sick of catering to a mindset of a conquered people (Most Middle Eastern Countries whov’e had their independence for less than 75 years) who’s hatred is misguided, and unfounded. Who’s flags waived for centuries on their soil? OBL would have you believe it was the Stars and Stripes. He’s got his people believing it. History should overtake Math and Science in the classroom, and perhaps this type of stuff would not be allowed to happen so easily. These folks are out for the destruction of WESTERN CIVILIZATION for the crimes of Old Europe, and the new order that gave Isreal a state. Fools. If you ask me I think extremist Christians like this idea. They want Armegeddon or so it seems. They sure are fostering it.

    In the imortal words of Tony Montana. “Somebodys gotta be the bad guy.”

  • I personally thought those comics were pretty funny. People get pretty upset about stuff like that. If it had been Jesus being mocked in the paper that’s another battle. Running out of virgins is too witty.

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  • Wow, Todd if you live in Georgia run for the Senate and I’ll vote for you! I like someone that tells it like it is!