A Question of respect
I’ve been thinking a lot these days about the reaction of the Muslim and Western worlds to the Danish cartoons. While I in no way agree with violence, they do have a valid point. Although Christianity has never forbade depictions of Christ, Muslim law is very clear about not allowing depictions of their Prophet. And while we may disagree with certain Muslim laws, such as forbidding homosexuality, respecting their rules about Muhammed is relatively easy. Don’t draw Him.
Especially when tensions are already running high with the current colonization of Iraq. Because let’s face it, that is what is going on there. As a person who comes from a colonized race, I can see that clearly this is an issue of subjugating a race.
Now I hear there’s a bounty on the head of the cartoonist, which is sad.
But what it comes down to is a question of respect. If we ever are to get on good terms with the Muslim world, we have to respect their differences. Otherwise this whole cycle of violence will just continue, on and on.