2.13.2008

Cartoon Solidarity

You may recall two years ago when that Danish newspaper published those Mohammed cartoons that set of a bunch of riots by members of the "Religion of Peace." Well, yesterday Danish authorities arrested some people for allegedly plotting to kill the cartoonist, demonstrating how radical Islam is not compatible with Western ideals. In response, newspapers across Europe have reprinted one of the cartoons to show solidarity with the Danish newspaper and cartoonist.

The US media has generally refused to print these cartoons, for reasons of "tolerance" or cowardice or something. The blog Captain's Quarters was not afraid to reprint them, though, and he has encouraged other bloggers to do so. He says:
Perhaps bloggers can take up some of the slack, and provide some leadership for our media outlets here in the US. At the very least, we can do so to salute the courage of the Danes on the front lines for free speech. It's easy to defend free speech when it doesn't cost anyone anything. The Danes have manned the barricades when it counts.
I thought I'd participate, too, so here you go:


2 comments :

  1. "Danish authorities arrested some people for allegedly plotting to kill the cartoonist, demonstrating how radical Islam is not compatible with Western ideals."

    I give up--what does this sentence mean? Every time you say something like this, it just sounds like you're saying that Muslims are prone to badness, and white people are better. It's certainly not like Western people never plot to kill people who piss them off or people who've never done them any harm.

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  2. There are countless examples that back up that statement. Practitioners of radical Islam do not accept such tenets as free speech, gender equality, or personal freedom. Look up Theo van Gogh, or the Mohammed teddy bear incident, or what women in some countries are forced to wear. This is not to say that every Muslim is radical. However, many are, and Europe is going to have to decide if Western ideals, which are under attack, are worth defending.

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