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Reader comment on item: Something Rotten in Denmark?
in response to reader comment: The Recent Cartoon Controversy in Denmark

Submitted by Mark (United Arab Emirates), Feb 3, 2006 at 09:41

Why does it always seem that when dealing with a religious man the effect is so similar to dealing with a child.

Otherwise kind, generous, rational, helpful people become easily offended, angry and potentially violent because of religion.

We have always had the social taboo of discussing religion or politics on social occassions especially amoung those who we newly aquainted with is to avoid such scenes. That kind of social understanding should have informed the magazines in question.

I guess religion is such a personal thing that any slur against it is taken so personally.

However, having said that, I am sorry the cartoons were published. (I haven't seen them but have certainly heard about them), but I think the whole issue must make those of us who care to think objectively to find one more reason to distance ourselves from religion generally and Islam in particular. I personally prefer not to 'surrender' my sense of perspective and rationality.

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