Archive for February, 2006

Not really surprising

Friday, February 17th, 2006

Enough is enough - it’s a cartoon!

Muslim clerics have been complaining in the press about Islamophobia, which I roughtly translate as “fear of Islam”. Gentlemen, when one of your own is talking publicly about offering a reward and a free car to the person who kills this cartoonist, does this really surprise you?

There is a double standard in operation here - a muslim cleric can openly call for the murder of a cartoonist, but the free press is being told by Islam in general that they are forbidden to publish pictures.

It isn’t surprising that there is growing resentment in the West to Islam as it only seems to respect itself. Non-believers are only tolerated as long as they don’t break Islamic teachings. Note I say Islamic teachings, not law, because thank goodness, in the free world it isn’t law.

On your own heads be it gentlemen - if you want respect for your beliefs, then start taking positions that will earn respect and not condemnation.

As far as “moderate” Moslems are concerned, if you don’t condemn your own lunatic fringe, then you get painted with the same brush. And rightly so!

“Islamophobia” I would suggest is a response to some pretty outrageous behaviour so look to yourself first!

A very canadian approach

Tuesday, February 14th, 2006

I quote: “Mohamed Elmasry, national leader of the Canadian Islamic Congress, says he would like the Western Standard charged with distributing hate literature”.

Now in prior commentary I have commended Dr. Elmasry for his approach, but on this one I think he is completely wrong. Distributing hate literature is very different from publishing a cartoon that offends Muslim sensibilities.

Are the cartoons offensive to Muslims? Yes, there can be no doubt about that. Are they hate literature? No I do not believe so. Are they news ? Very much so.

The Western Standard showed poor judgement in publishing the cartoons. Lets face it, anyone with an internet connection can view them for themselves, so there really isn’t anything positive that would come out from yet another publication. That being said, if they wish to show poor judgement, it is their right.

The issue here is that Islam is trying to impose its view of the world on people that do not subscribe to their faith. That should never be acceptable in a free society.

There was a film released many years ago by Monthy Python called “The life of Brian” that was offensive to Christians in general and catholics specifically. Was the film banned? No, and in my mind - that says it all.