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Media the world over should completely and utterly ignore this act of utter cretinism.
IT'S POLITICAL CORRECTNESS GONE MAD!!!
and I know a lot of Christians.
just saying that this little church in canada is hardly a representative sample. bad apples and all that.
not that it makes much difference.
but then saw it said us-canada... like you said, makes no real difference
then again, these folks are probably living in suburban middle america and have probably never come across a muslim in their life. fear of the unknown and all that.
He has been warned by the city about open air bonfires, but not religous intolerance.
Obviously things haven't gone so well since Monty Python finished.
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splat the rat?
they have to go and buy copies of the Koran to burn to do this? The world of Islam should be thrilled with the extra money...! It's lovely of the people of Gainesville to make such a donation, especially with the floods in Pakistan.
I'm surprised/relieved the nationalist pricks around Wootton Bassett way haven't tried a similar event in sympathy.
I am in no way an advocate of the war, but how does showing respect to dead soldiers make you a nationalist prick?
THEY NATURALLY MUST ALSO WANT TO BURN THE KORAN
I don't mean the families and mourners of dead soldiers, do you seriously think that...?
Perhaps I have this wrong but I thought the town was a hotspot for BNP types, not necessarily from the area, causing trouble with parades and marches and trying to get attention off the back of the funeral processions and anti war protests, is that not right...?
its kinda cute
Both are examples of deliberately inflammatory bullshit of the highest order, and both are thoroughly misguided and unhelpful.
Just because a drawing seems silly in western culture, doesn't mean it will have the same impact elsewhere.
If you asked a sample of individuals why they took part in 'draw Mohammed day' or whatever, I bet you'd receive a range of different responses. The drawing thing was supposedly all about 'freedom of speech', but burning a book is a kind of speech. The motive is irrelevant anyway, because it doesn't really effect the consequences.
Personally, I think that you're (not YOU, personally) a hypocritical idiot if you support the actions of one of these and not the other. Obviously I support their right to do so though etc.
The Jyllands-Posten cartoons where orchestrated SPECIFICALLY in regards to the double standards of political and religious satire, a protest asserting the right to depict whatever you want as a satirist (this is pretty fundamental stuff, especially if you're satirising religion: even platform and that).
The cartoons themselves had massively varying messages and even Kurt Westergaard (the artist behind the one with the bomb) had to state and re-iterate that he was concerned with one faction of islamism and not islam as a whole.
The motives behind Old Reverend Nutbutter's book-burnings were presumably of a similar gist to his "Islam - Religion of The Devil" book.
It's pretty easy to be ok about one and not the other.
The burning of any book is the antithesis of any assertion of freedom of speech: There's a clatty shower of hypocrisy right there.
The context is all important.
but rather the reaction in their aftermath: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Everybody_Draw_Mohammed_Day
Completely stupid way to deal with the problem. It might have felt good to stick up for freedom of speech and stick it to the extremists, but in practice it accomplished nothing, other than to anger and potentially radicalise a whole new group of Muslims.
To reiterate, depictions of Mohammed seem perfectly acceptable within our culture, but will be viewed completely differently elsewhere. Now again, I'm always in favour of free speech, even if it means people getting offended. But there is a big difference between using one drawing in a cartoon for satirical purposes, and huge groups of people gathering, intentionally upsetting people and poking fun at their belief system. This will never be constructive.
Now the book burnings are SUPPOSEDLY being organised for the same reason: to protest against extremism. Whether or not this is the genuine intention doesn't really matter, because when it is reported in Islamic nations, and indeed all over the world, it'll look just the same - Western (Christians) deliberately setting out to attack our religion. In fact, at least the book burning plans are only centred around one church in the USA, rather than people around the world going out of their way to post shit all over the internet.