Tuesday, July 20, 2010
Saturday, May 22, 2010
“Pakistan is wrestling to this issue. We respect any actions that need to be taken under Pakistani law to protect their citizens from offensive speech,” said the US State Department official while rejecting a suggestion from a journalist to condemn Islamabad’s actions...“At the same time, Pakistan has to make sure that in taking any particular action, that you’re not restricting speech." (Dawn.com)
How can you "respect any actions to protect their citizens from offensive speech" and at the same time "make sure...your're not restricting speech"?
Friday, May 21, 2010
It's part of a post which is also one of my favorites on why it is important to draw, and why it is preferable to simply draw and not necessary to intentionally be insulting or grotesque in one's depictions.
Check out Mohammad and the Middle at The Meming of Life.
Friday, May 7, 2010
Sunday, May 2, 2010
Friday, April 30, 2010
One way of reducing the cost is to organize a solidarity campaign. The entertainment business, especially Hollywood, is one of the wealthiest and most powerful industries in the world. Following the example of Jon Stewart, who used the first segment of his April 22 show to defend "South Park," producers, actors, writers, musicians and other entertainers could lead such an effort.
Another idea is to do stories of Muhammad where his image is shown as much as possible. These stories do not have to be negative or insulting, they just need to spread the risk. The aim is to confront hypersensitive Muslims with more targets than they can possibly contend with.
Another important advantage of such a campaign is to accustom Muslims to the kind of treatment that the followers of other religions have long been used to. After the "South Park" episode in question there was no threatening response from Buddhists, Christians and Jews—to say nothing of Tom Cruise and Barbra Streisand fans—all of whom had far more reason to be offended than Muslims.
Islamists seek to replace the rule of law with that of commanding right and forbidding wrong. With over a billion and a half people calling Muhammad their moral guide, it is imperative that we examine the consequences of his guidance, starting with the notion that those who depict his image or criticize his teachings should be punished.
Ali's courageous work resisting the tyranny of the Muslim religion is told in her autobiography, Infidel.