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Cartoons and religion

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Submitted by Len G (United States), Feb 7, 2006 at 18:43

I have no issue with the standpoints that the Western world should allow speech to be expressed rather than censored. What I think is reasonable though, is to draw a distinction between cartoons about public figures like politicians and those of religious icons, whether Jesus Christ, the Pope or Mohamed.

As a Catholic I would not like the Pope to be disparaged by anyone in a cartoon which has clear negative aspects, and the I think Muslims have a similar right as regards their Prophet. Politicians, sports stars, celebrities are not in the same category as the founders/icons of any religion.

That said, the reaction of the radical Muslim followers is about as stupid as one can get. It is a major demostration of savage and uncivilized behavior, proving they do not know how to live on this planet in the 21st century. They do nothing to convince other people to think Islam is peaceful. The challenge is for the vast majority of Islam to take back their religion and embark on a major PR campaign to "ex-communicate" those radicals who have done this. Thus far, the Islam majority has not done enough in their PR efforts, they need to move faster.
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