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February 04, 2006


Backword Dave

This is similar to my idea, but much, much better developed.


As Muslims we are required to respect all religions, be it people who are Christians, Jewish, Hindu e.tc.

So i’m really surprised at the pictures published in the newspaper, and also of their false nature. Maybe people should read about Prophet Muhummmad peace be upon him, and realise that he was a mercy to all mankind.

Attacking the prophet peace be upon him by drawing such pictures is attacking Muslims directly.

We dont draw pictures of other prophets like Abraham, Moses, Jesus, infact we respect them, and would never think to do such drawings.

David Hadley

Perhaps you ought to consider yourself the David Beckham of the blogosphere for you ability to miss the target so spectacularly.
To paraphrase Bill Clinton 'It's not the ordinary Muslims, Stupid.'
Perhaps a glance here, here, here and here might help, or maybe not.

David Hadley

Oh bugger, those urls are:
That'll teach me to try to be clever, won't it? Sorry for buggerup.


I wasn't missing the point.I wasn't trying for it. I was saying what in particular pissed me off about the current revels.

David Hadley

Well,I don't want to get into a big spat with you. In many ways I'm as pissed off with the whole business as you are. I do very much take your point about the ordinary Muslim in the street, as it were, though. I do feel sorry for them the way they must feel squashed from both sides, the fundementalists on one side and the suspcious (and yes the loony-right) westerners on the other.
But I do feel - and I hope those URLS I pointed to show it - that there is a great deal of manipulation by the extremists, and those who finance them, going on and that it does tend to get ignored in the lumping together of all muslims as an undifferentiated angry mob.


So does that mean that the most effective, productive and intelligent way to display my freedom of speech isn't to go running down the road calling everyone I meet a cunt? Damn, there go my plans for the afternoon.

Good point well made, Blood&Treasure dude.


I enjoyed this, very good. And I largely agree, especially with the provision that freedom of expression must unfortunately be defended. As in so much else, Kant got there first: "Act in such a way that you always treat humanity... never simply as a means, but always at the same time an end." I'm not sure that all the cartoons pass muster on that one.


I think Jamie has just invented a new logical fallacy: the Argument from Nice Neighbours.

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