Thursday, February 02, 2006
Muslims are apparently enraged concerning cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed published in European newspapers this week. As is always the case here death threats are being issued and bounties posted in an effort to bludgeon Europe into stifling free expression just because it ruffles a few Islamic feathers.
As a Christian in America, I am a little marveled at how upset Muslims are over simple cartoon caricartures when Hollywood and the American media deliver far more offensive material in Christianity's direction on a regular basis. Michelle Malkin references some of those including the cover Rolling Stone which depcits Kayne West with a crown of thorns with the title "The Passion of Kayne West"
Malkin also points out that both NBC and CNN declined to show the cartoons in their on-air stories "out of respect for Muslims" This of course coming from NBC who recently cancelled an extremely offensive depiction of a clergyman's life in a series called "The Book of Daniel" and according to the American Family Association plans to mock the Crucifixion in an episode of "Will and Grace" featuring none other than Britney Spears as a conservative Christian.
Not that I am suprised by any of this, but it is amazing the double standard used for Christianity in comparison to other religions. If you insult a Jew, the Anti-Defamation League is all over you, if you insult Muslims, a group like CAIR is breathing down your employer's neck asking for your job. However if you insult Christians and the AFA or any other reputable Christian group complains they are largely dismissed as fundamentalist wackos. I have failed to understand that even after Mel Gibson made close $400 million dollars with The Passion of the Christ proving that if you provide accurate treatments of Christian topics they will respond in droves, the media still thinks knocking Christians around on TV and the movies is a great idea.
Then I am reminded of the words of Christ in John 15 when he said:
If the people of this world hate you, just remember that they hated me first. If you belonged to the world, its people would love you. But you don't belong to the world. I have chosen you to leave the world behind, and that is why its people hate you.