February 04, 2006

Protein Wisdom Tackles the Danish Cartoon Controversy

It appears that Goldstein doesn't like the idea of journalists being bullied with threats of physical violence into a practice of "tolerance" that places Muslims above all other religious groups on the planet:

Even now you have Kos commenters contorting themselves into positions of self-righteous progressive onanism that are a wonder to behold—suddenly, free speech is not a universal right worthy of the crafting of puppet heads and the defacing of Starbucks’ windows, but instead is a culture-specific gift that needs to be filtered through the religious precepts of the culture of the Other. Unless, of course, that “Other” happens to be, say, Evangelical Christians. In which case, such extremists MUST BE SHOUTED DOWN with free speech.

Yup. Read the whole thing.

Meanwhile, Harrell tells us enough is enough, and we should stop reprinting the cartoons:

Yes. It’s all true. The Muslims who think people who draw their religious figures should be beheaded are backwards and primitive and uncivilized. Unwarranted beheading is pretty much the textbook definition of backwards and primitive and uncivilized. We can all agree about that.

But hasn’t the point been made? Haven’t we gotten the message out by now? Seriously, are we not at this point acting like school-yard bullies, making fun of that one little kid in class just to make him cry?

I just can't see it that way. In my mind, the Muslims are the bullies here, trying to force the rest of the world into granting a special status to their religion with threats of violence.

The Muslim reaction to the Danish cartoons is the equivalent of burning a cross on the front lawn of Western Civilization. And if we respect their wishes because of intimidation, we will have granted them a right to dictate what speech is acceptable all around the globe.

Posted by Attila Girl at February 4, 2006 09:08 PM | TrackBack
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