Monday, February 06, 2006

MORE ON CARTOON CONTROVERSY

Here are some more tidbits on the Cartoon Controversy:

First, Jeff Jacoby has a great piece called We are all Danes now. I particularly like the opening paragraph:

Hindus consider it sacrilegious to eat meat from cows, so when a Danish supermarket ran a sale on beef and veal last fall, Hindus everywhere reacted with outrage. India recalled its ambassador to Copenhagen, and Danish flags were burned in Calcutta, Bombay, and Delhi. A Hindu mob in Sri Lanka severely beat two employees of a Danish-owned firm, and demonstrators in Nepal chanted: ''War on Denmark! Death to Denmark!"In many places, shops selling Dansk china or Lego toys were attacked by rioters, and two Danish embassies were firebombed.

It didn't happen, of course. Hindus may consider it odious to use cows as food, but they do not resort to boycotts, threats, and violence when non-Hindus eat hamburger or steak.

Next is a piece from Der Spiegel, by Ibn Warraq, titled Democracy in a Cartoon:

Best-selling author and Muslim dissident Ibn Warraq argues that freedom of expression is our western heritage and we must defend it against attacks from totalitarian societies. If the west does not stand in solidarity with the Danish, he argues, then the Islamization of Europe will have begun in earnest.

The great British philosopher John Stuart Mill wrote in On Liberty, "Strange it is, that men should admit the validity of the arguments for free discussion, but object to their being 'pushed to an extreme'; not seeing that unless the reasons are good for an extreme case, they are not good for any case."

Finally, Sacred Cow Burgers weighs in with an image from Jay D. Dyson titled "Islamist Hypocrisy." Go check it out!

Hat tip to Magua, and thanks for the support.

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