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Wednesday, February 08, 2006

The Horde Is Inside the Gate 

OK, 1 is not a horde, but believe it or not someone claiming to be a Muslim actually left a comment! See the comment link at the bottom of my previous post.

This Muslim thinks my pictures are ridiculous. Apparently there's something on which we can agree, since I think they're pretty silly, too. What the Muslim doesn't seem to understand is that it is exactly that ridiculousness that makes the Muslim community's response to the Dutch cartoons so asinine. What have their protests achieved? They have only managed to bring advocates of freedom into solidarity and commit them to action. The net result? A proliferation of Mohammed cartoons worldwide, which exacerbates the very disrespect Muslims claim to oppose. I were a Muslim, I would be ashamed of my fellows and their violent reaction to a bunch of silly drawings.

The Muslim goes on to make some other generalizations about Islam and its respect for other religions. It's too bad that these generalizations are true only in theory. In practice, Muslims have repeatedly demonstrated that they have no respect for any other religion. Let's be realists: Islam, as preached in mosques all over Asia and the Middle East, fosters a genocidal hatred towards Jews. This is not the ideology of a few radical extremists hiding in mountains or remote jungles. Imams in Britain, Egypt, Palestine, Jordan, Syria, Lebanon, Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan and elsewhere have all called for holy war against Jews and Americans. These feelings are widespread and pervasive. Where's the respect?

Turn it around, Muslim: Freedom of Speech is codified as a protected humanitarian right in the US. In telling the world that they cannot draw pictures of Mohammed, Muslims disrespect the ideology of freedom that we in the West cherish by law. Shouldn't we be offended at your imposition? Where's the respect?

The truth is that we've all got to learn to mind our own business. Religion is like sex. Most people do it, but isn't it better that we do it in the privacy of our own homes?

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