The bruhaha over those cartoons continues unabated. (Where do they get all those Danish flags from? Someone is making a killing if you’ll pardon the unintentional pun.)
This despite the fact that upwards of a thousand of their brothers have perished in the Red Sea. Hints at the priorities of some people — outrage for the sake of outrage.
Personally, I think Muslims worldwide need to take a chill pill. From conversations I’ve had with normally liberal and tolerant people, there is a growing belief that we have two mutually exclusive credos, one a secular society that values free speech (though how did those BNP tossers get away with it?) the other ruled by clerics and a medieval religion, or should that be ‘mad’ and ‘evil.’
You see, now I’m at it. Stereotyping. There do appear to be Muslims who demonstrate tolerance. And maybe the media is driving my thinking, but if we can tolerate talking dolls of Jesus, Moses and Pope John Paul II, why seek grief over a scribbling?
I don’t think there is anything in the Koran that specifically forbids depictions of Mohammed or anyone else. It’s all based on an early conversation with his followers — we were all young once and said things we didn’t really mean.
But back to the Red Sea ferry story, I was reminded of once island-hopping in Greece. I was reading the terms and conditions that came with the ticket. It said that the company could not be held responsible for delivering you to your expected destination, nor even that you could expect to arrive at all, in fact everything and anything that happened to you on the voyage was entirely your responsibility.
A metaphor for God (or Allah), you and life really.
But if you really, really want to be doubly offended click here. It’s Jesus and Mo.