Thursday, February 09, 2006

Cartoon Violence, part 2: Coulter’s Take

Love her, hate her, just make sure you sit up and take notice of her.

Recently, Nate (the exile in Iowa) commented that his blog (Pencils Suck) was found by a guy claiming to be a Muslim who took issue with Nate’s stance on the editorial cartoons of Mahomed. Not that we need evidence, but this clearly shows that this topic crosses typical party lines. (Big surprise.)

You might remember that Nate isn’t much of an Ann Coulter fan. (I’ve heard she rubs some folks the wrong way.) However, he might get a kick out of her recent column. Maybe you have friends and relatives who don’t like Ann but think this cartoon violence nonsense is a load of… nonsense. Have them read this one.

She says the caricatures were probably made to show how the followers of Islam have a predilection toward violence. (Not that I need to say this, but that obviously doesn’t mean all Muslims are violent… if she or anyone meant that they would say all Muslims are violence. No one is saying that. Move on.)

In order to express their displeasure with the idea that Muslims are violent, thousands of Muslims around the world engaged in rioting, arson, mob savagery, flag-burning, murder and mayhem, among other peaceful acts of nonviolence.

Muslims are the only people who make feminists seem laid-back.

The little darlings brandish placards with typical Religion of Peace slogans, such as: "Behead Those Who Insult Islam," "Europe, you will pay, extermination is on the way" and "Butcher those who mock Islam." They warn Europe of their own impending 9/11 with signs that say: "Europe: Your 9/11 will come" -- which is ironic, because they almost had me convinced the Jews were behind the 9/11 attack.

For those who carry on this way because of some, to be fair, insulting and crass cartoons seems to be unique to Islam. We know many cases of crude (so called) religious art. Let’s not even use those examples. What about other religions with strict laws?

Making the rash assumption for purposes of discussion that Islam is a religion and not a car-burning cult, even a real religion can't go bossing around other people like this.

Catholics aren't short on rules, but they couldn't care less if non-Catholics use birth control. Conservative Jews have no interest in forbidding other people from mixing meat and dairy. Protestants don't make a peep about other people eating food off one another's plates. (Just stay away from our plates -- that's disgusting.)

But Muslims think they can issue decrees about what images can appear in newspaper cartoons. Who do they think they are, liberals?

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