February 10, 2006

We Are All Danes Now - The Boston Globe

We are all Danes now - The Boston Globe

I thought this editorial in The Boston Globe was worth reading - not because I agree with it, but because it contains one of the misconceptions this blog seeks to correct. After pointing out that Hindus do not resort to violence when their beliefs are challenged, the author makes the following statement:

"The same is true of Christians, Jews, Buddhists, Mormons: They don't lash out in violence when their religious sensibilities are offended. They certainly don't expect their beliefs to be immune from criticism, mockery, or dissent."

Really? Christians don't get violent when they are offended? They don't think their beliefs should be immune from mockery? Ever hear of the Crusades, the Inquisition, the Salem witch trials, or modern-day bombing of abortion clinics? Hell, ever hear of Pat Robertson or Jerry Falwell?

I agree that radical Muslims are a problem, but so are radical Christians. The point isn't the cartoons; the point is that fanatical believers of any variety cannot deal with criticism or mockery. The problem is that Islam and Christianity preach intolerance and hatred - this cannot be disputed by anyone who has read the "holy" texts from these religions.

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