Always having to say you’re sorry…


February 7, 2006 by AK

… very sorry?

No, I don’t think it’s a good idea to print ugly pictures of Mohammed the prophet unless there’s an exceptionally good reason to do so.

No, I don’t think Europeans should but shrug their shoulders when their great ancestors’ religion is gratuitously insulted.

There’s no question the powers that be are going to use this pretext to further restrict freedom of speech in the EU (even more so in Russia).

So what? Nothing, really. It’s all tangential, at most, to the essence of the matter. People who tread the soil of Denmark only because the Danish people graciously (naively perhaps) let them or their parents take refuge in that orderly, if somewhat boring, country — these people are now brandishing slogans promising bloody vengeance. So much for gratitude. So much for imitating Romans when in Rome.


  1. J.Cassian says:

    I’m disappointed but can’t say I’m surprised by the reaction of the “liberal” media here. All of a sudden progressive transgressive types like Stewart Lee who were always boldly mocking religion (= Christianity) have started speaking in tones of hushed reverence whenever the Prophet Mohammed is mentioned. Well, no one wants to end up like Salman Rushdie. I just wish they’d come out and say they won’t publish anything vaguely offensive to Islam because they’re scared for their lives. But they’re not called the “yellow press” for nothing.

  2. Qatar Cat says:

    So sad.
    Standing in the middle of London with a sign that reads “Death to Europe”

    What the FFFFF are you doing there, then?

  3. Alex(ei) says:

    I also loved this: “Behead those who say Islam is violent.”

    Reminds me of the joke I hear often: “I hate two things: racism and blacks.” At least in theory, one can hate blacks or whites privately and cause no trouble…

  4. J.Cassian says:

    “Behead those who say Islam is violent.”

    Sounds a bit like the French revolutionary slogan, “Fraternity or death!”, which Chamfort noted might be translated as, “Be my brother or I’ll kill you.”

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