Tuesday, July 15, 2008
Stop getting offended over cartoons
Does anyone out there remember the violent outrage in the Muslim world to several Danish cartoons of the Muslim icon Mohammed? It was horrible and clarified how unpopular freedom of expression is in the Muslim world. Apparently, while not expressed with as much rage, Americans also have trouble turning the other cheek in response to offensive drawings. Nearly all the network news coverage for the last day has been on the "offensive" cover of this week's New Yorker.
The New Yorker has done worse, once portraying President Bush and Vice President Cheney as the lead roles of Brokeback Mountain. That's their prerogative as artists and writers. They have nothing to apologize for. Our society needs to learn to calm down and stop being so anal retentive.