I’m doing science today and, as my brain is busy trying to avoid using the passive voice while writing a paper, I’ll save my neurons for that and put up a few easy-to-write posts.
First-time commenter “J. Lee” sent his/her take on a post, and rather than approve it, burying it among comments from several days ago, I thought I’d put it above the fold and let readers respond however they want. Lee mounts a defense of Muslim outrage and a critique of Charlie Hebdo for provoking that outrage with its drawings of Muhammad.
The first bit in italics is from my post, “CBC wimps out on showing the Charlie Hebdo cartoons“. I’ll direct J. Lee to the responses after a few days. Here you go:
You can judge the honesty and commitment to free speech of a journalist or newspaper by whether or not they’ll publish the [Charlie Hebdo cartoons]
To Muslims, all visual depictions of Mohammed are sacrilege.
For a Muslim, seeing such a thing in print would be akin to you discovering that someone had drawn your child’s naked body, including the genitals, labeled it with your child’s name, and distributed it globally.
The cartoonist might point out, “This is a caricature–see how hilariously we contorted your child’s genitals? This is freedom of speech! We do caricatures of everybody–why would we skip over your child?”
Would you “get the joke” and chuckle along with them?
The caricatures of Mohammed are a form of hate speech. I see nothing cowardly in the decision of mainstream media not to participate in hate speech.
It seems that many in the West have decided that all Muslims are evil because a few have committed atrocities, and therefore they’re all fair game for anything from torture to bullying. That’s a recipe for a truly global WWIII with no safe havens.
There’s no courage involved in striking a bold pose and saying “Bring it on!”
My only personal comment involves the last line. “No courage”—really? The folks at Charlie Hebdo knew what could happen to them, and published anyway. Does it take more courage to do that than to withhold publication of cartoons to save your skin?