Sharon Cobb left this in a comment, but I thought it deserved its own thread–especially since she doesn’t really have her own blog any longer.
(BTW, I wonder how people would react to a conservative potential candidate for office, were he to let his liberal friend guest blog for him? Or, for that matter, how her friends would react to her for even having a conservative friend?)
IT’S JUST A CARTOON!
BY: Sharon Cobb
Someone had to say it. I know I know. How very politically incorrect of me. It’s just that our mainstream media and most of out politicians have misplaced their balls.
As a Jew, I have been the target of threats and violence. My synagogue was painted with swastikas. Did we organize? You bet! We held strategy meetings with the entire community, the FBI and other supporters. But violence was NEVER an option.
I was at The Jewish Community Center a couple of years ago when a Palestinian woman walked in and started screaming “Death to all Jewish children!” She also made her way to West End Synagogue and Sherith Israel in Nashville. She was threatening, hysterical, and no one knew if she was armed or not. Guess what? We didn’t take to the streets screaming “Death to Arab children.” (For the record, we wish all children the best of everything) Instead, I drove to the Mosque on 12th Street and asked for their active and immediate participation to ward off further events like this.
In Bethlehem, as I type, Christians are being taunted and sabotaged and run out of their homes by Muslim extremists. Surely they are reacting to this and retaliating, right? Wrong! They’re praying for your sorry asses.
I think you’d be hard pressed to find a Buddhist reacting violently to the Dharma or the Dalai Lama being portrayed in a cartoon. His Holiness, the Dalai Lama, would probably ask the followers of Buddha to grow from the experience. The Dalai Lama rocks—as opposed to throwing them.
Would Jews be upset if you depicted us in gross stereotypes? You bet. It would take us no time at all to organize and lodge official complaints, boycott the offending parties and take legal action if appropriate.
What would Christians do in the same situation? They tend to speak out against their wack jobs like Phelps and Robertson.
I keep hearing from Muslims how beautiful Islam is, and that it is truly a peaceful religion. The problem is, you’re the most violent group of people on the planet. Whatever sympathy you might have garnered for Palestinian rights have long been diminished by the demonstration of your brethren. Case in point, you carried out suicide bombings out of desperation after years of oppression by the Israelis. Well, that sounded good. The problem is, you’ve demonstrated to the entire world that suicide bombings are your answer to almost every conflict for you. Murder is not only a common occurrence, but in fact is condoned by most Government officials in your world. Granted, beheadings, once the Friday night entertainment in soccer stadiums that were once exclusive to the rich and/or powerful, are now tactics available to the common man . Equality. Matzel Tov.
Darfur, anyone? Genocide abounds in the one place we should be fighting, instead of putting our service people in harms way to free the people who want to kill us.
So you thought someone insulted Islam with a cartoon. Let me suggest some ways for you to consider on how to react if this actually happens:
Go to your State Department or Ambassador and lodge an official complaint.
You know Americans are greedy. Boycott us. Quit buying those Eminem and 50 Cent cds. That’ll show us.
Unionize. Organized labor can be very effective. I’ve always been a big labor supporter. Also take into consideration your union can probably get you a good dental plan.
Get a good lawyer and sue for intentional infliction of emotional distress. Just Google Gloria Allred.
It’s just a cartoon. I want to believe that those of you who follow Islam have Allah in your heart, realize the cartoon can be replaced. The innocent people you are killing, however, cannot.
Do Jews and Christians have their wack jobs? You betcha. But even on their worst days they aren’t taking people hostage to behead because someone dissed them on page six.
So you say Islam is a peaceful religion. I don’t see it. I beg you to prove me wrong.