That’s It Then

I wrote a while back about how, while I disagreed with the violence in the Middle East over the cartoons, I was at least willing to say hooray that one faith was still willing to get exercised over someone mocking their religion.

While I toe that line still and still think that most of the cartoons were originally written to inflame sensitivities, I do have to say that the imams and others whipping up the masses have gone — and have since the beginning gone — too far. This is no longer about cartoons. It is no longer about being upset that Islam has been mocked. This is about inciting the masses to attack the west.

It also speaks volumes about the immaturity of many in the Islamic world that, instead of criticizing the cartoons, they’d rather tear down a KFC and kill some westerners. I am finding it harder and harder to see that the West and Islam can peacefully co-exist.

What also is upsetting to me is the number of Western media outlets that will not show the cartoons “out of respect for Islam,” but will not think twice about showing Christ in a jar of urine or the Virgin Mary depicted in cow manure. They are not censoring themselves out of respect for Islam, but out of cowardice.

The cartoons might not have been news, which is the original excuse for not running them. But they are news now and hiding behind “respect for Islam” is not only lame, it’s also a lie.

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  • Let’s talk about CNN….can’t show cartoons out of respect for Islam….but gee, there are some old news story (Abu Ghraib)photos (true, not shown before) that will tear the families of AMERICAN SOLDIERS TO PIECES and further fan the “Arab Street” against America, but…that’s OK….after all, Bush Lied, people died.

  • A cartoonist by the name of Flemming Rose of Denmark is responsible for all of these cartoons. And the news media does not do an expose on him, critique him and educate the American public about who he is! I am fed up with our suppressed media, and the rest of you had better get on board and realize that our rights are going to become nonexistent as far as the First Amendment goes. Google Flemming and you will find out more about him, and maybe you will connect the dots and see this is the same type of propaganda that was used to demoralize the Germans and start a war against people that are in many cases just like us! As a matter of fact many of my ancestors came from Germany. Cartoons were used to inflame World War II, and that is what is being done now to start World War III.

  • correction: Flemming Rose commissioned the cartoonist, so I suppose he is the so-called concerned editor that wants to improve Middle East tensions.