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Submitted by seyfoe (Netherlands), Oct 21, 2012 at 21:28

This time I just can not understand it. What lies behind the urge to make fun of all the prophets and messengers of Allah( Jesus(puh) said in his language, Ellaha). And you depict it very subjective. There is a difference between anti-semitic( I agree it exists in the muslim world, Specially the countries that were immediately effected by the creation of Israel) and ant-religion hate speech. In the first case it has a deep and political foundation. The middle east is screwed up already because of 1948. But I have never encountered a mockery of Jesus or Moses(peace be upon them) made by a muslim. Thats the difference.

Now back to the why question. What happened here that I see Jesus(puh) acting in South park, Family Guy and all other worldly shallow entertainment. We now even have a commercial picturing Noah(puh) attracting women to his ship. That offends me as a muslim. I used to use that brand of deo. Now I will not anymore. I just wished christians would react the same when Jesus is attacked. That would show your real love for him. I am not suggesting you go out in the streets and burn American an Israeli flags. That is radical. The radical answer on that is to make more mockery of religion and religious people. That happened to the poor early Christians and even Jesus(puh). One big difference between Christianity and Islam is that Islam condemns mockery of the Torah and Bible. We can argue about the authenticity of the Bible, but we are not allowed to mock it. Please, enlighten me and tell me that Christianity says the same thing. Then we can agree fast and make a judeo-christo-islamic law banning all mockery of religion.

thank you for your time

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The urge is to establish the right to do so.

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