Tuesday, February 07, 2006

"Harming religious feelings"

The editors of two Jordanian newspapers have pleaded not guilty to "harming religious feelings" after they published those damn cartoons. The New York Sun and the Philadelphia Inquirer are the only two American papers to publish them so far.

For whatever reason one wants to claim they were published, the cartoons in question started out as a non-news worthy item. But now that there is violence all over the world in reaction to them, they have become newsworthy in addition to the violence itself. So people want to see what the fuss is all about, and that is part of what the press if for.

That "harming religious feelings" is even a charge is indicative of a place where there is no freedom. To some Christians, it "harms religious feelings" that there are people who are anything other than a Christian. Jews had their religous feelings harmed by the Passion of the Christ. Christians are not doubt having their religious feelings harmed by the Shabri Kumbh Mela in India.

Islamics have had their feelings hurt by these cartoons. Mind you this all started in European countries where no law was broken, and no physical harm was put upon anyone. Yet the reaction to their hurt feelings is kidnapping, murder, and widespread intimidation and violence. "Clerics" are running up and down the streets telling them to stop, when just the other day they were whipping up the fervor.

The spreading violence is viewed by the violent themselves as jihad. For these people, many of whom live in free, democratic countries, there is no way to deal with anyone who would criticize their religion except violence. And when the U.S. is running around the world making sure all these nations become "democracies" we ought to put some forethought into what they're going to do with it.

1 comment:

anne arkham said...

Thank goodness I've never made fun of anyone's religion.