February 08, 2006
I'd be hiding too...
The whole Denmark cartoon thing is really making me worried. Who would've thought Denmark would start WWIII? Obviously, you have to support freedom of the press and freedom of speech. The thing people seem to be overlooking is that with those freedoms, and all others, comes responsibility. You have a responsibility to use those rights appropriately. In this instance, the responsibilities were respect for others' religion and timing. Would we have liked it if someone from Saudi Arabia made 9/11 jokes on 9/12/01? Well, then i think it's understandable that someone from the Western World should not make jokes about Muslims at a time when they feel the Western World is invading them.
It may seem like a simple cartoon, but sometimes the simplest things can be a big slap in the face.
Now, this doesn't mean that I think all of this rioting and violence is worth one cartoon. Most of this violence is being lead by militants and extremists. They're always looking for some justification for violence against westerners. Look at Muslim leaders. They're trying to stop all this. They are urging peace. They were offended and they want Muslims to show restraint and tolerance.
Until this happens, if I were the cartoonists, I'd be hiding too.
Posted by mldarby at February 8, 2006 10:40 AM