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Monday, February 06, 2006

Cartoon outrage outside the box

And it just keeps getting better:
Dennis Prager has quoted Andrew Sullivan noting that the stricture on depicting the prophet Mohammed is on Muslims,no one else. Prager quotes Sullivan saying that the Muslims outrage would be the same as Jews rioting because Gentiles are eating pork.
Sullivan's quote (and pay particular attention to the last sentence):
"Muslim leaders say the cartoons are not just offensive. They're blasphemy--the mother of all offenses. That's because Islam forbids any visual depiction of the Prophet, even benign ones. Should non-Muslims respect this taboo? I see no reason why. You can respect a religion without honoring its taboos. I eat pork, and I'm not an anti-Semite. As a Catholic, I don't expect atheists to genuflect before an altar. If violating a taboo is necessary to illustrate a political point, then the call is an easy one. Freedom means learning to deal with being offended."


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