John on February 8, 2006 at 11:15 am
Yesterday, Hugh had Michael Medved, Dennis Prager and Joe Carter on his show to discuss the cartoon war. A transcript is up at Radio Blogger. It was a good discussion, but one plagued by the same either-or thinking that has dogged so much of the blogosphere’s reaction to this topic. Joe Carter tried to break out of this at one point with the following analogy:
That’s like saying if somebody insulted my wife, and I punched him in the face, you’re going to support the guy who insulted my wife to show solidarity with him. I mean, they’re in the wrong. The Muslims who overreacted are in the wrong. But we don’t have to show solidarity for people who are being childish and juvenile.
This is an excellent way of putting it. It reminds me of another recent story. KU Professor of Religion Paul Mirecki made some very offensive anti-religious comments. A few days later he was beaten by someone reacting (so he claims) to those comments. Every Christian in his right mind condemned that beating. It was unequivocally wrong. Does that mean we agree with Mirecki’s obnoxious comments? Does our support of his right not to be attacked (his freedom of speech) lead to the conclusion that “We are all Mirecki now”?
Whoever hit Mirecki deserves prison time, but that doesn’t change the fact that Mirecki is a juvenile, anti-religious twit! Ditto for the Danes, one of the most secularized nations on earth.
This is not an either-or situation. We can reject the Jihadists without endorsing the anti-religious culture of the Danes. We can, in other words, have faith and freedom. That’s the third way: Buy American.