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Reader comment on item: How the Cartoon Protests Harm Muslims [by Leading to a Separation of Civilizations]

Submitted by orange yonason (United States), Feb 15, 2006 at 01:19


The following is the best one-liner I've heard on the topic of "noble" Islam's response to those "offensive" cartoons.

"If these street mobs would make a fire to burn what offends Islam, then let them jump into the flames themselves."

Then, purged of their most violent, we could finally clearly see how the "moderates" would behave without the threat of death hanging over their heads.

The author of that lovely thought, Dr. William R. Stimson, continues:
"Over here in Asia, some months back, in the name of Islam, a zealot in Indonesia hacked the heads off three innocent girls as they walked home from the Christian school their parents had enrolled them in. Islam was silent. A few days later, in the name of Islam, zealots in Thailand stormed a peaceful Buddhist monastery, murdered the enlightened abbot and burned the place. Again, not a peep out of Islam. The first step towards a cure is to name the illness. Not mighty Islam, but tiny Denmark had the courage. .

We can be grateful to the Western tradition and its freedom of the press for providing the needed corrective and hopefully preventing the subversion of a great sacred tradition into a crude and violent caricature of itself."

Thank you, Dr. Stimson.

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