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Submitted by John R. Peacher (United States), Feb 7, 2006 at 21:51

The furor over the Danish cartoons seem to have brought the practice full circle. On a daily basis Jews and Christians are depicted as pigs and monkeys in major Islamic publications, even school books for children in state run schools.

For those of Christian or Jewish belief, Jesus was either a Prophet or a Savior, and He was Jewish, written of and portrayed in the New Testament Christians use. His existence is pretty well a given and widely accepted as fact. Religious beliefs are fair game in todays world in open societies. Insensitive as the cartoons in Denmark were, the playing field is somewhat even given the history of Islamic cartoons.

Now, can we get on with the issue of terror, IED's in Iraq, living together and finding middle ground where we can all live as human beings without forcing our beliefs on each other? We should not behead cartoonists, issue death threats against authors, force our religious beliefs on each other but take the good in all religions and learn to share this planet and help and assist our fellow citizens of all nations. Our very survival as a society depends on this. Closed societies will eventually open as globalization takes hold, maybe not in this generation but surely in the next; if we do not become even more irrational.

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