I've followed the Muslim cartoon riots with great interest...what I find the most curious is that I remember reading about them and seeing the actual cartoons on a few blogs back in September. For the life of me, I couldn't figure out why it was blowing up NOW until I found that clerics who had been living in Denmark whipped their congregations to a frenzy and sent "press releases" to the middle east including Denmark flags and cartoons of their own doing. Most of the "cartoons" were fairly bland and boring...the clerics themselves put in a picture of a man with a pig face (which apparently came from a photograph from a French pig party (I have no idea, ask the French) and other highly offensive images.
Things I find stunning:
The news outlets have no problem showing "Piss Christ" or a picture of the Virgin Mary covered with elephant dung...but in the name of "sensitivity" decline with the news story about the cartoons to show the ACTUAL CARTOONS. Since when did news outlets care about sensitivity? Duh, this is good ol' fashioned FEAR. News people have never cared who they have pissed off...unless it's literally their necks on the line. Wow. I guess terrorism actually works.
I also find stunning that the news being reported is that Denmark and other countries are scrambling to apologize and are censoring themselves. That shouldn't be the story! The story should be that those cartoons are getting distributed a hundred thousand times over the world. Wanna be a world player Islam? Wanna quit being thought of as insane murderous fanatics who hate your enemies more than you love your children? Suck it up and realize that it goes both ways. I've seen countless things that offend me as a Christian and a Mormon and a woman. I don't cut off heads and burn down buildings in protest.
I do cartoons.
"Oh no...we can't antagonize these people any more!!!! Quit provoking them!!!"
So...in order to get what I want I should over react in murderous violent fashion? Wow, I bet that's been noted by a whole lot of people! HEY, THIS ACTUALLY WORKS!!!!
Good Lord people! What are they going to do if these nutbars get REALLY offended? Cut off more heads? Blow up more of their young men? Fly into more buildings in major cities? If they're offended over lame cartoons, what's to stop them from being offended at the women in the office not being covered up? In the name is sensitivity (and safety) are we all going to start praying 5 times a day faced towards Mecca?
How can *I* be told I'm over reacting when these people are rioting over CARTOONS!!!
I didn't draw the offending cartoons...but if asked I would have in a heartbeat.
Because today "they" are coming for me.