Friday, February 10, 2006

More About The Cartoons

A family friend, who is Muslim, sent the following link to images of the Prophet Mohamed that have been created over the centuries:

With the link, he asked the question "What Is The Big Deal About The Danish Cartoons"? After checking out this stuff, I am even more puzzled. There are some innocuous, even nice, paintings but there are some outlandish pieces that are WAY more offensive than what the Danes created.


At 3:51 PM, February 11, 2006 , Blogger chad said...

The Arab response to the Danish cartoons has been quite intriguing (okay, tragic too). It really illustrates how large the chasm of intolerance has grown in the hearts of men.
Insurgent, your earlier post was very enlightening for me (about the protests and violence being the result of transference of feelings from oppression that is minimally related to these insulting cartoons).
I wanted to add to your thoughts, and assert that individuals will become violent because of some desecrating gesture that happened months prior and thousands of miles away when those individuals harbor some insecurity about the value of their religion beyond maintaining its sacred symbols. (I remember you saying something about religious symbols before...)
Something tells me the spiritually mature Muslims of the Arab world are not threatened by some ignorant cartoonist in Denmark, but it's the people who pervert religion to accomplish their own agendas who are inciting most of the trouble we are seeing. It seems that pimping religion is not limited to American politicians.


"Symbols are for symbol-minded people."
~George Carlin

At 10:10 AM, February 12, 2006 , Blogger Intellectual Insurgent said...

Always a thoughtful response Chad. That is so true. Those who are secure about who they are and what they believe can withstand insults with little or no thought about it.

The problem with Islam today, as the title of the book goes, is the lack of spiritual maturity overall. I suppose that begs the question, however, whether spiritual maturity can be achieved under totalitarian regimes. It seems to me that it is quite a luxury to be able to collectively ponder questions about God and spirituality.

A friend of mine recently reminded me about Maslow's hierarchy of needs. If people aren't fed, they really won't be focused on the higher priorities.

At 7:59 AM, February 13, 2006 , Blogger Capt. Fogg said...

Great cartoon that sums up so much of the hypocrisy.

I can't help thinking of the phoney patriots who make so much noise about desicrating the flag when they are silent about desecrating liberty and justice and human rights.

At 9:37 AM, February 13, 2006 , Blogger bombsoverbaghdad said...

Let me play Devil's Advocate a little. I take a slightly different view that gives a nod to my distance from the Arab world. We live here, safely in the comfort of the United States. We are safe in our persons; safe in our religious freedom.

These people in the Middle East have suffered for a LONG TIME. Most of these sufferings are their own doing, but many of them are the result of Euro-U.S. policy in the region. Therefore, who are we to make assumptions about what should or should not set these people off?? Who are we to call ourselves "spiritually mature?" Maybe THEY are spiritually mature?? We claim to love God but do we act that way??

At 8:56 AM, February 14, 2006 , Blogger mrsleep said...

It is clear that their reality is far different from ours, and as such it is hard for us to relate. What's the expression? "It's hard to judge a man, until you've walked in his shoes for awhile".

So, when other cultures view the U.S., in what cases do they view us as being "out of whack?".

Clearly during Clinton's indiscretions with the intern, the Europeans were saying "what's the big deal?".

As well the much of the rest of the world is scratching their head on our position or lack their of on Global Warming.

What we can't necessarily see if the propoganda machine in action.

Clearly, we had our own propoganda machine over hear, a few years back on WMD's, Sadaam's nuclear threat that incited the population, and hindsight tells us it was all just a huge canard.

At 8:56 AM, February 14, 2006 , Blogger mrsleep said...

here not hear.

At 10:22 AM, February 14, 2006 , Blogger Intellectual Insurgent said...

That is a very good point.


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