Wednesday, February 01, 2006

Lune Toons

It looks like other European newspapers are reprinting the Danish cartoon that have upset some Muslim leadership and led to calls for boycotts and demonstrations.

I totally agree that no religion should be allowed to infringe on free expression, whether that be Muslims trying to stop papers from portraying images of Jesus to Christians or Jews protesting movies like "Last Temptation of Christ" or "Passion of the Christ."

But on the other hand, if you intentionally go out of your way to 1. portray their prophet knowing it is against their custom and then 2. make sweeping generalizations about the Muslim religion being extremist bombers then you're sort of an asshole and should expect people to be pissed.

The Jyllands-Posten apologized on Monday, saying it regretted offending Muslims. It said it had not broken Danish law by printing the cartoons, however its editor said Wednesday that he would not have printed them had he foreseen the consequences.

How much forsight does it take to forsee that Muslims would be offended by drawing an image of Mohamad and dipicting his turban as a lit bomb?

Personally as long as no violence is called for against Danes then I don't see a problem with calls for boycotts, but buring Danish flags in demonstrations probably doesn't help the image problem that led to the cartoon in the first place.

4 comments:

Black Adam said...

geez, I don't see why the Danes are so pissed off about the flag burning. Isn't flag burning freedom of expression?

I don't see it as an "image problem" for Muslims -- they've been suffering with an "image problem" for about 40 years in Europe. And, compared to the asshattery of printing the cartoon in the first place, flag-burning is a positively quaint form of asshattery.

elemental said...

welcome adam,

Yes, I agree with what you're saying about the flag burning. I just notice that it is a commonly used image when news stories involve Muslims.

rayhana lisa said...

The media is also controlled, lest we forget. Aren't we also only shown what 'they' want us to see?

Freedom of expression has its limits too. In fact, everything has its limits.

When things go beyond these limits, that is when problems arise.

elemental-23 said...

Lisa, absolutely - the media never pays attention to Muslim or Arab issues until they burn or blow up something and then its just to show how 'barbaric' they are. They ignore any news that involves Muslims or Arabs handling their grievances in democratic and peaceful ways.