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Islamic cartoons -- not offensive at all; just funny

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Submitted by Romesh Chander (United States), Feb 7, 2006 at 13:50

Western media!! What western media?. The widely circulating papers in Europe have not published the 'cartoons'; only the papers with very small circulation have published them, and in most of the cases, not all of them. Some give links to cartoons. Hey, wait a minute; this is print media -- why should print media not print them -- don't expect people to have access to internet. If everybody had access to internet, print media will probably will not exist.

In the English speaking countries of US, UK and Canada, the darlings of the greatest press freedom, have not published them. And neither have the TV channels. Why not?

Hey, I cannot publish them. I don't own NYT, TIME, LA Times, etc. Nobody has to be an Islamic scholar that muslims don't like images of Muhammed. If muslims don't like, that is just too bad. If they are too sensitive, that is just too bad. You cannot have freedom if you pander to everybody.

Bunch of Chickens. If we fought a hard and long struggle against ideological Communism and shooting war against Nazism and Fascism, why can we not stand up to bunch of Islamists?? The attitude of the press is beyond my comprehension. English language press is nothing but a business for making money and nothing else.

If Muslims don't have toleration for freedom of speech, then they have no place in any free country. If they are living there, then they are living in the wrong countries. Hey, they came here not for freedom, but for economic reasons; there are awfully small number of muslims who come here for political reasons. Rest of them are nothing but economic refugees.

They don't want to integrate in our society. In Little Rock, Arkansas, they asked the city to allow building of 21 homes in a special neighbourhood where only muslims will live, and have their mosque, etc. Wait a minute. In 1960's we fought for 'desegregation'; now they want their own 'muslim ghettoes'. We have created anti-discrimination laws in US. I don't know exactly what the city did with their request.

I have looked at the cartoons. I find them to be funny, not offensive. If muslims were allowed to 'depict' Mohammed in pictures, even muslims will not find these cartoons to be offensive, just funny. What is offensive about "Hey, wait; we ran out of virgins" or what is offensive about 'keeping women under man's thumb' -- hey, we used to keep under man's thumb in US till Women's-Liberation mvement raised hell in 1960's -- only 40 years ago; and we men would love to keep women under our thumb even now.

There are a lot of things I don't like about US. I just ignore them. I even laugh at the stupidities of US society. That is life, folks.. And I have been here for more than 46 years now.
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