Mohammed’s Molehill Mountain

In opinion on February 3, 2006 by karan

There’s a confrontation brewing in Europe as Muslims protest about the depiction of Mohammed in newspaper cartoons – the BBC has details here.

What’s truly interesting is the timeline listed there on the BBC page. Go down to the “Cartoon Row” boxout, and you’ll see the original cartoon was published September 30th last year. Official protest was lodged on the 20th of October. Either way, it’s been a very long time since the original issue cropped up – so one can only assume that the reason for the sudden explosion of anger is the reprinting and some followup cartoons in other European newspapers – claimed in the name of freedom of speech.

The first thing any sane observer has to ask here is that are the European newspapers who did the reprinting merely goading the Muslims? Building up the conflict to make it newsworthy?

The second thing that must be asked of the Muslims: how about turning down the sensitivity a notch? No other religion in the world is as touchy about its image and its “integrity” as Islam is. The point must be made that Islam isn’t the only religion in the world, and it has to learn to get on with the other people in the world. Blowing up, if you’ll pardon the pun, at every little imagined slight is not the way to go if you want to show the image of acceptance and co-existence. And finally, why is the whole country of Denmark being blamed for one newspaper’s publications?

Islam is like any other religion in that it preaches peace, but the reactionary nature of its existance in the modern world is proving to be a much broader and visible message which contradicts this. Please, a little sanity if you would.


One Response to “Mohammed’s Molehill Mountain”

  1. I’ve posted a comment on this entry, Islamic cartoons are reckless.

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