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Thursday, February 23, 2006

It is so refreshing to see the crowds throughout the Muslim world leaving off their protests at a bunch of sophomoric Danish cartoons so they can concentrate on condemning the outrageous destruction of the Askariya shrine, and the equally outrageous destruction of Sunni mosques and murders of Sunni imams in response to it. I'm so glad to see thousands of Pakistanis, Saudis, Egyptians and Nigerians protesting the sectarian violence and hatred that is making a mockery of Islam's claim to be a religion of peace.

Oh wait.

That didn't happen.

Never mind.



By Blogger Bill Cunningham, at 6:23 PM  

"sophomoric" Danish cartoons? Have you seen them?

I hope you appreciated this question, Alex; I had to create a flipping blog to ask it!

By Blogger me, at 7:31 PM  

Someone sent me the following link. It's a short video called "Jesus The Musical".

Being a Christian I have a mind to go out there and do some demonstrating right now! On second thought, screw it. Sopranos is about to start on The Movie Network.

By Blogger Vince DC, at 10:11 PM  

Yes, I saw them. They were pretty stupid. Exactly the sort of thing a sophomore in college might draw.

Just because they were grossly sacrilegious and insulting towards Muslims doesn't mean they're not sophomoric.

And frankly, they are the sort of cartoons that idiots draw all the time and insult Jesus, Moses, Buddha, etc. It seems to be only the extremist Muslim community that sees fit to burn down embassies because of the actions of a few idiots.

By Blogger Alex Epstein, at 10:17 PM  

Just a quick note as I was in debate with some Moroccans here in Europe only last week (before the shrine biz). Turns out the Moroccan community in Belgium sent off their angry letter about the cartoons - but also sent an open letter to the Iranian government berating them for their Holocaust humour. Unfortunately, it's the sort of thing that doesn't get covered in the media. Too damn reasonable, I suppose. But there are some reasonable heads on shoulders out there. But I think in places like Iraq and Ian, they're busy trying to keep their heads ON their shoulders.

By Blogger Michael Leahy, at 12:38 PM  

There's a fairly lengthy discussion of the actual cartoons and what they're doing on Left2Right here:

The cartoons are actually a bit sharper than one might think.

By Blogger Steve Peterson, at 3:09 PM  

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