February 7, 2006

Religious Violence Over Cartoons: A New Low

I tend to focus on Christian extremists on this blog, but it appears that the Muslim community is feeling jealous of being ignored and requires some attention. Religiously-motivated violence is certainly nothing new. However, the source of this particular provocation is particularly absurd. Now Muslims are resorting to violence because they are offended by cartoons making fun of their "prophet."

Since I'm sure you are already familiar with the basic story, I'll only recommend one source of coverage at a deeper level. Interesting stuff.

Something like this couldn't possibly happen in America, right? Wrong! For an example of what it might look like, visit Secularleft.

If Muslims don't want their beliefs to be mocked, they might want to critically examine their beliefs and see if they can figure out what might make them such tempting targets for ridicule. To get mad because someone is making fun of your superstitious beliefs is fine; to engage in violence because you are mad is not. Before we hear any more about modern holy wars and religious persecution, we should stop and realize that people are being harmed over something this silly.