Cartoons of Blasphemy

The decision to publish (or not publish) the Dreaded Cartoons of Blasphemy that have the Islam “Religion of Peace” so riled up isn’t such a clear cut decision. Let’s look at the options:

  • Let’s say you’re a Boston Globe and you happily publish pictures of the Virgin Mary covered with dung. Publishing the Muslim cartoons is a must to be consistent. Trying to claim that you’re just being sensitive is hypocritical.
  • Let’s say you’re a European newspaper and you’re trying not to add fuel to a fire. I think that’s cowardly. If you don’t stand up for free speech, then you’re subjecting yourself to dhimmitude. Fine, let the Muslims write your laws of decency.
  • Let’s say you’re me, and you’ve routinely denounced those that put down Christianity or work toward repressing the freedom of Americans to express their religion in public places. It would be hypocritical of me to publish offensive cartoons while denouncing those that publish offensive cartoons.

So there you have it. I straddled the fence. I won’t publish the cartoons because I think they are offensive to other religions, but if you already have a history of being offensive to Christians I think you ought to be consistent and just be offensive to everybody.