Friday, February 03, 2006

The Religion of Peace

More like the religion of “blow to pieces”.

In the fog of the memory of the recent riots of France, there is new "protesting" in Europe and around the world at European embassys, over some offensive cartoons. These protests have included bombs and kidnappings.

I have nothing against Islam, or people practicing whatever ridiculous religion they want. The problem is that in societies (ours, Europe’s, Islam’s, et al) people have to be willing to function under a plurality of values. There is no room for that for many practitioners of Islam. This “outrage” over cartoon depictions of their prophet is the perfect opportunity to drum up desire to get the jihad going for real. Not just in Iraq against the occupying military there, but on the streets of Europe against people living their day to day lives.

Newspapers in France and Germany reprinted Danish caricatures of the Prophet Mohammed yesterday, saying press freedom was more important than the protests and boycotts the cartoons have sparked across the Muslim world. [,2106,3559516a12,00.html]

This is a link to Fox News, but the story is from the Associated Press:

Early Friday, Palestinian militants threw a bomb at a French cultural center in Gaza City, and many Palestinians began boycotting European goods, especially those from Denmark.

"Whoever defames our prophet should be executed," said Ismail Hassan, 37, a tailor who marched through the pouring rain along with hundreds of others in the West Bank city of Ramallah.

"Bin Laden our beloved, Denmark must be blown up," protesters in Ramallah chanted.
In mosques throughout Palestinian cities, clerics condemned the cartoons. An imam at the Omari Mosque in Gaza City told 9,000 worshippers that those behind the drawings should have their heads cut off.

"If they want a war of religions, we are ready," Hassan Sharaf, an imam in Nablus, said in his sermon.

About 10,000 demonstrators, including gunmen from the Islamic militant group Hamas firing in the air, marched through Gaza City to the Palestinian legislature, where they climbed on the roof, waving green Hamas banners.

"We are ready to redeem you with our souls and our blood our beloved prophet," they chanted. "Down, Down Denmark."

I'm no fan of Michelle Malkin, but she does have lovely pictures of the protesters and their peace loving signage.

There are layers and complexities to this, but the bottom line is that all this outrage is over cartoons. How much blasphemy do we see and hear daily towards other religions? Lots. It's time for Muslims to just deal with a little criticism of their beliefs rather than decide that people should be killed for being meanies. Stop whining. This article from The Globe and Mail is right: "It's falling straight into that trap of being depicted as a violent people and proving the point that, yes, we are."

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