Scott on February 8, 2006 at 9:47 am
Mark over at the blog Conservative Culture commented on my previous posting Cartoon Pot Calling the Cartoon Kettle Black. He pointed out that the type of content (ideas) contained in the “offending” Danish cartoons is different than the content/ideas underlying the few cartoons I posted as examples Muslim cartoons that “push the limits.”
I agree with him completely, and I appreciate him pointing out that I neglected to address that in my original post. As has been discussed in many other blogs, the Danish cartoons were published in an effort to make a journalistic point and to make an even greater point about the kid gloves being used when handling anything Muslim. As Daveed over at the Counterterrorism Blog points out:
“Jyllands-Posten decided to publish these cartoons because it wanted to test what editor-in-chief Carsten Juste described as “an article of self-censorship which rules large parts of the Western world.” “
There are people on both sides who believe there was a larger, more sinister motive behind the publishing of the originial 12 cartoons. It could be an attempt by the secular-humanist-atheist crowd to bash another religion (though not all of the 12 frames were offensive). It could be an attempt by the Jewish controlled media to insult Islam and its prophet. It could be a brilliant PR stunt conceived to draw attention to a newspaper in need to more readers.
I would tend to believe that it is more likely that the publisher was trying to make a point about free speech, while also seeing a way to enhance the bottom-line of the newspaper. No attempt to defame, besmirch, sully, stain, degrade, denigrate or insult Islam, just a demonstration of free expression and a profit margin.
BUT, the examples of cartoons from Arab/Muslim newspapers are completely different. There is no free speech issue attached to these, and no worry about the bottom line. These 5 cartoons (and the thousands more like them) have run in Muslim newspapers for years.
The goals of THESE cartoons is simple: mock all other religions (ESPECIALLY Judaism); vilify non-Muslims (ESPECIALLY Jews); encourage fear and hatred of non-Muslims (ESPECIALLY Jews); equate Western ideals of free markets, capitalism, freedoms of speech and religion, and democracy with the devil.
In the West, cartoons of this type are run as political and social commentary. They are used to lampoon one side of an issue (or both sides) while continuing the debate. However, no matter what country or what paper one reads in the Arab world, the Arab media cartoons all have the same general focus, the same general goal, and the same general themes â€“ hate all other religions, hate all non-Muslims, hate democracy and freedom, hate the West, and hate the Jews.
As I’ve said before, this whole Danish cartoon controversy is showing Islamic extremists in all their “glory” â€“ spoiled, petulant children who demand their way and who throw temper tantrums if they don’t get it.
They need what any spoiled child needs from time to time a spanking!
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