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  •  here's my take (4.00)
    the cartoons about Sharon and equating Isreal with the Nazis are POLITICAL.

    the Muhammed cartoon is RELIGIOUS.

    which is why the Muhammed cartoon is more offensive.

    O'BRIEN: What if Jesus got this card? Would he be angry about it? He's be OK with it, wouldn't he? DONOHUE: Well, maybe he would, but I've never met him

    by PoliMorf on Sun Feb 05, 2006 at 04:56:39 AM PST

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    •  Personally, I take the cartoons to (3.33)

      be political. But even if they all are religious, why does that it make them worse?

      I agree with Jerome a Paris:

      One point that I have never yet seen mentioned is that several of the cartoons ALSO make fun of JP and/or the cartoonists. One has "PR stunt" quite explicitly visible. The one with the kid stats that "JP's journalists are a bunch of reactionary provocateurs".

      Which brings me to the point that I disagree with the almost universal opinion that these cartoons were pretty bad. There are provocative, sure - that was the explicit intent, but they are not without ambiguity, which is the hallmark of good caricature. And several I liked.


      f/k/a one of the people "`Our country, right or wrong!' . . . when right to be kept right; when wrong to be put right." (Sen. Carl Schurz)

      by another American on Sun Feb 05, 2006 at 05:02:41 AM PST

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      •  Personally (4.00)
        I agree. There is MASSIVE overeaction on the Muslim side. but I have to wonder, such over reaction is not new. What on earth were the cartoonists thinking ? "This is going to sell a few more copies" ?

        O'BRIEN: What if Jesus got this card? Would he be angry about it? He's be OK with it, wouldn't he? DONOHUE: Well, maybe he would, but I've never met him

        by PoliMorf on Sun Feb 05, 2006 at 05:12:26 AM PST

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      •  Perhaps Tri can explain how quoting Jerome (3.00)

        a Paris warrants a "0" rating. Or, perhaps, Tri is incapable.


        f/k/a one of the people "`Our country, right or wrong!' . . . when right to be kept right; when wrong to be put right." (Sen. Carl Schurz)

        by another American on Sun Feb 05, 2006 at 06:11:50 AM PST

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    •  good point , except (none)
      in the middle east religion and politics are the same thing.  
      •  No not always (none)
        oh Religion heavily influences politics and vice versa but they are not indistinguishable-- after all not every poltician is a imam/mullah/ayatolah

        You know someone is prone to violent overreaction, and you provoke them. Yes, their violence is wrong. But your provocation is just stupid.

        by PoliMorf on Sun Feb 05, 2006 at 02:10:36 PM PST

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    •  The Sharon cartoon is not just political (none)
      One of the traditional anti-Semitic smears is that Jews eat the blood of children for Passover.    By showing the leader of the Jewish state eating a baby, the artist is deliberately and intentionally repeating this blood libel and it is anti-Semitism.  
      •  true (none)
        Right, and one of the traditional Islamophobic smears is that Islam is pro-terrorism, and by showing this depiction of Muhammad, peace be upon him, with dynamite in his turban, the artist is deliberately and intentionally repeating this libel over again, and this is Islamophobic hate speech. After Srebrenica, can we afford to do this again either? Anti-Semitism should be illegal, along with hate speech at other minorities.
        •  Hate speech sucks but should be allowed (none)
          No,  hate speech should not be illegal.  Speech inciting violance should be.   In the U.S., the best example is the KKK.   We despise them, counter protest but we know they have the right to speak until they start threatening to hurt people.

          These cartoons were stupid and offensive but did not incite violance against Muslims and should be allowed.

          Imagine if you will if hate speech was banned, then who defines what hate speech is?   Christians who say everyone is going to hell?  People who think illegal immigration should be stopped?  Anti-war protestors?

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