Tuesday, February 7, 2006

Irony Personified

Does anyone else find it terribly ironic that the Muslim community is totally reinforcing the caricature of Mohammed with a bomb in his turban with all of the riots and peaceful 'protests' that have ended up being violent? Yeah, it's rather childish and shocking, but it's a cartoon. I mean, if Christians got all up in arms about the 'art' over the years depicting Jesus, the Bible, God, and any of the other figures in the Bible in a demeaning way, we'd have been panned for it! Mohammed was a peaceful prophet, and yet the people that follow him have managed to earn the reputation for themselves as violent. And the leaders of the Muslim faith never manage to denounce the actions of the few that grab headlines and influence the populous opinion. Why is that? Do they WANT to be depicted that way? Do they feel like any exposure for their religion is good? (I'd beg to differ on that one, think back to Waco and the Branch Dividians.) Is it more like the press isn't interested in what they have to say and only focus on the extremists? It may be a combination of all.

Regardless, all political cartoons usually poke fun at some sort of underlying truth, whether you agree with it or not. In my mind, the events of the past few days in retaliation of one person's opinion just help reinforce the fact that lately terrorism and the Muslim faith go hand in hand.

1 comment:

japruf said...

My problem with all of the protests and coverage is that they are so absurd as to not even justify a response. I think discussions about freedom of the press versus religious sensitivities, etc. are unwarranted. Yes, those are relevant issues, but this is like arguing with a screaming 2 year old. The basic reaction should be, "give me a break." Said with a sneer, a roll of the eyes, and a shake of the head.