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Reader comment on item: Destroying Sculptures of Muhammad
in response to reader comment: Freedom comes with responsibilities

Submitted by B. Williame (Belgium), Apr 16, 2008 at 02:45

"I do believe in the freedom of expression, yet I do not agree on using swear words in songs, articles …etc. I do not agree on pornography as a form of art."

Ok, but your not obligated to look at them, are you?

"It is unrealistic of a anyone's part to expect no consequences on his/her actions if he/she is going to insult someone's believes. Won't any of you feel hurt, insulted, and even outraged if someone pictured a member of your family as a criminal or even worse?"

Possibly, but I'm one who is not. If a child in a class room makes a drawing of the theacher he gets punished with having to write 15 times that he should not or he's put in a corner of the classroom. Going a rampage is an OTURAGIOUS reactions to drawings. Be angry, fine, but not being able to make a drawing of the cartoonist in response makes those Muslim barbaric in the eyes of the rest of the world.

"Mohammed to Moslems is dearer and more precious than anyone who had ever existed or will exist on the face of the planet."

To MUSLIMS and MUSLIMS only... understand that the rest of the world don't give a damn about him in exception that they know now there are unbalanced people out there that have shown to be insanely protecting what ever could be connected to him.

"I do agree on the fact that the reaction to that outraging insult should not be a violent one. But what really ticks me off is how the westerns do not understand the way we fell, nor respect our felling and keep on insisting on their right of freedom!!!"

Guess you don't understand how westerners feel, you don't respect there feelings and keep on insisting us using your right to scutinize us, enjoy our liberty's and money while still attacking our habits.

"A Moslem will never ever insult Jesus. You know why?, because we respect Jesus and we believe he is a prophet of God and because Islam instruct us to speak only when we have a good thing to say. The hadeth says: if you believe in God and the day of judgment say kind words or hold your mouth."

You just did as he is believed to be not a mere prophet but the SON OF GOD. So, yeh, you insult christian belief... But surprise, surprise Christians TRULY belief in peacfullness and mutual respect so they don't burn down your emabssies, etc...

"To sum, there is no question that these pictures are outraging. The insensitivity from the westerns part is even more outraging (at least for me), yet the way I believe Muslims should handle this situation is thru rational open dialog."

On what outhority do you base that these pictures are outraging? The lionshare of the world did not, just a fhew insane mobs consisting of alleged muslims... I agree on the last part, not using violance but dialog might help your cause... Anger, just brings anger.

"P.S: shari'a is collection of rules and practices that any Moslem should follow. So non Moslems are not required to practice shari'a the same way they are not required to fast during Ramadan. I really do not understand where you go the idea that Moslem men are trying to force shari'a!"

Because in Sharia there rules set for only moslems also asks of them to act when others do some few minor things like not wearing a headscarf... The rules are for moslims to follow, true. and For non muslims to feel the consequenses... Free men and women (as much as they still exist in this world) don't like to be put rules upon them by foreign belief.

I hope I helped your quest for understanding of not only your faith but also the cultural differences between Islam and western culture.

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