John on February 6, 2006 at 4:15 pm
Joe Carter at Evangelical Outpost has written about the cartoon war. I don’t know how much of this blog he has been reading lately (he links to one of my posts in today’s comments); whatever the case we seem to be on the same wavelength. Joe says:
I do not support the cartoonists nor do I support the violent Muslim protestors. Like Milton, I prefer to stand with the good men who “love freedom heartily” (unlike the jihadists) and apart from those who embrace license (as the cartoonists have done).
Or as I put it at the end of this post, Buy American. That’s the viable third way.
Joe then makes the point which has been at the core of my argument. The Danish press and those that have followed them have their own motivation for stoking the conflict. That motivation is found in anti-religious secularism. Yesterday,I wrote at length about this using Ralph Peters as my main text (see link above). Joe has found another source that explicitly supports my point:
Indeed, two European newspapers that showed their solidarity with the Danish press by reprinting the cartoons reveal what is really at stake. France Soir said it had published the images in full to show “religious dogma” had no place in a secular society. And in Germany Die Welt argued there was a “right to blaspheme” in the West.
Whereas the West was once measured by our highest ideals, we now champion the lowest common denominator. We not only treasure the “right to blaspheme” but mock and deride the very idea that anything can be considered sacred. Anything, that is, except the sacred right to say whatever we want, whenever we want, wherever we want in the hopes of offending as many people as possible. While this freedom must be guarded, it should be carried out with a deep reluctance and the odium of “good men.”
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