so (some) Muslims can't handle a political cartoon?

what else is new. they get all upset over unflattering depictions of their prophet as a terrorist? fine, be upset. let's see do the math, shall we?

a symbol of Islaam, combined with a symbol of violence. can we guess what the response was? how about a dozen armed Palestinians surrounding the offices of the European Union in Gaza, burning flags and threatening to kidnap French, Norwegian, Danish & Germans unless their gov'ts apologize for publishing the cartoons. 300 Pakistanis screaming for the death of France and Denmark. a lot of bluster, and i hope it stays that way- but won't be the least surprised if the situation escalates.

sounds like the cartoons were right on the money to me. i'm not a fan of any religion (hence the name atop this page) but i think, to the credit of the general (contemporary) Christian culture, you'd be hard pressed to spark 'em into a violent reponse to any depiction of their religious figures. the subculture of violence within the Muslim culture is certainly higher than in other groups, but i tend to view it as a case of some bad apples ruining the image of the normally-adjusted majority.

and does anyone really expect any better from the Palestinians, a people that can sweep out their gov't of former terrorists in favor of a bunch of practicing terrorists? surprise! they waved guns and threatened people.

more power to the European papers that are printing and reprinting this stuff in spite of the response, and more power as well to all the Muslims who expressed their displeasure without threatening violence.

regardless of what happens in the rest of the world, thugs can shout all they want and/or shoot whomever they please, but the American press'll never bow to censorship. the religiofascists won't be happy until they control everything, but they lost the argument when the Constitution of the United States was ratified, and the idea of personal freedom- of human rights- took root in the world. let them stamp their feet; their tantrums won't last forever. the world's outgrowing that crap.....slowly.

more proof this is the greatest country in the world: the American press response to all the controversy? instantly republish the inflammatory material ad infinitum! i love it.

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