Fear is not Respect
It seems someone has come up with a few more caricatures of Mohammed, and at least one of them sounds pretty funny (although Chirac is not amused):
Besides reprinting the drawings, the satirical French weekly Charlie-Hebdo also printed new caricatures of its own, including one under the headline "Muhammad Overwhelmed by the Fundamentalists" that showed the prophet with his head in his hands, remarking, "It's hard to be loved by idiots."
Indeed. If Islam is truly a religion of peace, as moderates say, then Mohammed must be rolling around in sheer agony at these grotesque displays… and frankly, Polimom has a great deal of sadness for those moderates. They, too, must be absolutely aghast – not just at the outrageous antics of their fellow (but evidently far less civilized) Muslims, but also to be watching years of work toward promoting understanding going right down the drain.
Of course, if one read the editorial in today’s Washington Post, one might have concluded that the original publication of 12 Mohammed caricatures is the work of right-wingers (those devious, bigoted Danes!).
The cartoons, whose vulgarity and offensiveness are beyond question, were published as a calculated insult last September by a right-wing newspaper in a country where bigotry toward the minority Muslim population is a major, if frequently unacknowledged, problem. The Danish government depends for support in Parliament on a far-right populist party with an anti-immigrant agenda: Maybe that's why Prime Minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen arrogantly refused to meet with ambassadors from Muslim countries last fall, when the controversy might have been defused.
Yet Charlie-Hebdo is known to be very much on the left.
What Polimom cannot understand anymore is, what are these violent, rioting maniacs hoping to achieve? Is it respect? If it is, then they are failing miserably.
Polimom wanted to find the latest cartoon (the one with the humorous description) so I could show you (like last week), but I'm embarassed to say I've decided not to… but this is not out of respect.
It is because I find that I’m afraid.
I, an American, with a lowly blog and freedoms granted by the Constitution of the United States, am afraid to post a cartoon.
There’s something very wrong with this picture.
UPDATE: Michelle Malkin has a post about the Lying Imams.