Saturday, 1 June 2013


I've commented before on the Mohamed cartoons, published in the Danish Jylands Post. No-one can forget the absurd and childishly petulant reaction to these cartoons in the islamic world. What many do forget is that, initially some of the world's most prominent democratic governments, including the UK, tried to suppress these cartoons despite the fact that such freedom of expression is enshrined in law, in article 10 of the human rights act (UK) or the first amendment to the constitution (USA).

Inevitably the Streisand effect came into play and the cartoons became widely available on the internet. Including here, and here.

Another example of this is here. The Catholic religion too has shown similar behaviour, with similar consequences.

Unable to learn from these examples, the Jewish religion has now shown itself unable to accept that they too can be the subject of valid criticism. DZ has made his view on the purposeless mutilation of unconsenting and defenceless babies previously.
This is the cartoon criticising the practice of circumcision, that has them up in arms, demanding that it should be removed from all media.  
They are, as is usual in these cases claiming that the publication is offensive, and constitutes hate speech. I don't think it does, and nor does the Crown Prosecution Service.

1 comment:

  1. I always thought that The Satanic Verses by Salman Rushdie would not have been a best seller but for hundreds of copies being purchased for the sole purpose of being burnt.

    The copy at our local library had obviously not been read beyond the first chapter! I got to the middle of the second chapter - which is why I realised that no one else had got that far - and it was rubbish.

    Similarly with the cartoons. If they had been ignored no one would have noticed them.

    I understand that an additional cartoon was added by a couple of Imams in order to make them totally politically incorrect with the sole intention of causing more trouble.