by John Hawkins | February 3, 2006 9:05 am
Initially, I didn’t intend to post any of the Danish cartoons that have started such an uproar with Muslims across the world. That’s not because I was worried about some Jihadi wanting to saw off my head, but because I wanted to be respectful to Muslims. We Christians certainly get aggravated when we feel that people are taking shots at our faith and who could blame Muslims for feeling the same way?
However, the Radical Islamic thugs out there are really getting out of hand:
“Outrage over caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad escalated in the Arab and Islamic world Thursday, with Palestinian gunmen briefly kidnapping a German citizen and protesters in Pakistan chanting “death to France” and “death to Denmark.”
Palestinian militants surrounded European Union headquarters in Gaza, and gunmen burst into several hotels and apartments in the West Bank in search of foreigners to take hostage.
The protests spread to Indonesia on Friday, with Islamic hardliners barging into a building housing the Danish Embassy and burning the European country’s flag. The Indonesian government had earlier condemned the drawings, as did Afghanistan.”
Because of that, I think the need to stand up for free speech has become more important than the desire not to needlessly offend some people. With that in mind, here’s my favorite out of all the Danish Cartoons:
If you’re a Muslim and you don’t like it, I understand, because I’ve been offended by Kayne West posing as Jesus, Mark Morford sneering at Christians with big families, and Tookie Williams being compared to Jesus among many other things.
But, being offended is part of the price you pay for living in a free society and it’s vitally important that freedom be defended.
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