This controversey shows how wildly divergenent our cultures are and removes whatever excuses were available to those who wanted to defended the “offended” parties.
The intention of the cartoons was to point out the hypocrisy of the militant Islamic fascists who use Islam as a cover for their backwards views on the world. The goal wasn’t to insult Muslims, only to draw light to the disgusting pervsion of religion that these terrorists use to justify their ungodly acts.
Whats amazing is that Americans are actually rationalizing the anger of these “slighted” people. Yes yes, great, beautiful religion, just dont ever make critical COMMENTS about it. Just ignore the stoning of women, support the destruction of the jewish people, converting the world to Islam, and attacking anyone who rubs the Mulahs the wrong way. If you disagree you might have to go into hiding for a decade or two, or if your unlucky you’ll be shot several times and then have your throat slit and be left to die in the street.
All the people who try to compare President Bush to these maniacs need to revaluate their view of the world. Lets compare the religious fundementalism of our opposing cultures:
American Christian Extremists: Jerks like Pat Robertson and Jerry Falwell say 9-11 was gods retribution for accepting gay lifestyles, that Sharon was struck down because god didnt like his politics. They are summarily excoriated by the press, bow to public opinion, and apologize for their retarded comments.
Islamic Fundematilists: Call for the destruction of the State of Israel, train their youngsters to kill themselves and in the process innocent children who happened into the wrong pizza parlor, murder anyone who utters a word of dissent, commit “honor mutilations” against women for, y’know, learning to read. what happens to them? oh, right they just swept a popular election.
When the “piss christ” and “Shit Virgin Mary” controverseys happened, people protested, availed themselves of the legal options available to them and, peacefully, rectified the situation. Christian groups asked that their taxes not be used to insult their religion, neither artist was hunted down and slaughtered like an animal.
Is the President unabashedly Christian, of course. Does any rational person believe that the current “war on terror” is actually a pretense for a Christian/Muslim grudge match? don’t be silly. Whatever you think of the war, the basis for it is far less apocolyptic than you would like to believe.
Anyone living in the free world should be outraged by the wild overaction to these cartoons.