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Ignoring the Problem
by Lee

One Italian newspaper has the balls to speak the truth about the kid-gloves way that everyone treats Islam these days, which immediately results in protests from all corners, thus proving its point.

A cartoon depicting Muhammed in hell has been published by an Italian magazine close to Opus Dei, bringing angry criticism from Muslim groups and disapproval from the Vatican.

The drawing in Studi cattolici takes its inspiration from Dante’s Divine Comedy, in which the 14th-century poet imagines being guided through hell by the Latin poet Virgil, and sees the prophet cut in two as his punishment for spreading division. In the cartoon, Virgil points out another figure to Dante, saying: “And that one there with his pants down, that’s Italian policy towards Islam.” The caption uses a play on words to suggest Italy has chickened out in its attitude to Muslims.

An Opus Dei spokesman said the magazine was not an official publication of the conservative Roman Catholic fellowship, and the edition had not been checked in advance. The spokesman said Opus Dei’s founder, St Josemaría Escrivá de Balaguer (1902-75) “would have given up his life for the sake of respecting other people’s religious freedom”.

The Italian section of the World Muslim League said the cartoon was “in extremely bad taste”. Souad Sbai, a member of the Italian government’s Islamic consultative council, said: “This sort of provocation doesn’t get us anywhere.” The Vatican’s expert on Islam, Father Justo Lacunza Balda, deplored the cartoon: “This really doesn’t seem to me like the way towards dialogue and mutual understanding.”

This assumes, of course, that the Islamic world wants dialogue and mutual understanding, which I think is pretty obvious that they do not.

Posted by Lee on 04/17/06 at 08:23 AM (Discuss this in the forums)

Comments


Posted by on 04/17/06 at 10:34 AM from United States

Come on...if this magazine had done the same thing to a hebrew prophet, people would have been pissed off as well.  Most likely they wouldnt have blown shit up like muslims might, but they still would be pissed.

Posted by on 04/17/06 at 10:39 AM from United States

So?  No omne is blaming the Muslims for being upset, but for doing what they are doing when upset.  Jews and Christians are mad at a lot of things, but they don’t riot at everything that offends their sensibilities.

Posted by Drumwaster on 04/17/06 at 10:48 AM from United States

Truedat. There’s a HUGE difference between complaining that something is tasteless and offensive (such as the Piss Christ or the Dung Madonna) and burning down buildings and killing people over it (over a child’s cartoon of Mohammed).

Posted by on 04/17/06 at 11:07 AM from United States

It’s not just actions like burning and killing in protest that bother me. If you interview the average Muslim or even the average westerner, you’re likely to hear that they feel the government should prevent such offenses.

Let’s face it. If you feel the government should crack down on publishers for this kind of speech, you are simply not compatible with our way of life. Please go elsewhere to live. They are essentially demanding that I adhere to the rules of their faith.

I’m about to get a shirt with a big Muhammed on it. It’s high time everyone put one on to say to all who would be offended, “Get over it!”

This is the stand as I see.

Posted by on 04/17/06 at 11:07 AM from United States

it.

Posted by on 04/17/06 at 11:12 AM from United States

I don’t worry about eating beef because it offends Hindu’s. 

I don’t worry about owning electronics because it offends the Amish. 

Why should I have to worry about drawing a picture of Muhammed because it offends muslims?

Posted by on 04/17/06 at 11:13 AM from United States

Damn skippy!

Posted by on 04/17/06 at 11:21 AM from United States

I don’t worry about eating beef because it offends Hindu’s.

I don’t worry about owning electronics because it offends the Amish.

Why should I have to worry about drawing a picture of Muhammed because it offends muslims?

Because Hindu’s and Amish won’t kill you, Muslims will.

Posted by on 04/17/06 at 12:28 PM from United States

[R2-D2 and Chewbacca are playing the holographic game aboard the Millennium Falcon]
Chewbacca: Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaarrrgh
C-3PO: He made a fair move. Screaming about it can’t help you.
Han Solo: Let him have it. It’s not wise to upset a Wookiee.
C-3PO: But sir, nobody worries about upsetting a droid.
Han Solo: That’s ‘cause droids don’t pull people’s arms out of their sockets when they lose. Wookiees are known to do that.
Chewbacca: Grrf.
C-3PO: I see your point, sir. I suggest a new strategy, R2: let the Wookiee win.

Damn appeasing C-3PO!

Posted by InsipiD on 04/17/06 at 05:43 PM from United States

This is like The Onion’s “Airplane Hijackers Shocked To Find Selves In Hell” headline in the first issue following Sept. 11.  Probably their best headline ever.

Posted by on 04/18/06 at 11:33 AM from United States

Come on...if this magazine had done the same thing to a hebrew prophet, people would have been pissed off as well.

Believe it or not, I really don’t care.  Hebrew prophets represent ideas, not personalities, and since people are free to debate the ideas, debate about their physical representations are simply meaningless.  And, BTW, the Star of David is just a pair of triangles.

The Italian section of the World Muslim League said the cartoon was “in extremely bad taste”. Souad Sbai, a member of the Italian government’s Islamic consultative council, said: “This sort of provocation doesn’t get us anywhere.”

That’s the kind of reaction you want to see.  They have every right to express the opinion that it’s in bad taste.

I wonder if the civilized reaction has anything to do with the fact that Imam Abdul Hadi Palazzi, secretary-general of the Italian Muslim Association is pro-Israel.

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