Lately, once again, I have been busy in my own little realm and haven’t paid too close attention to the news and current events.
It appears the question of whether persons of the Muslim faith are justified in being outraged about cartoons depicting their prophet is everywhere that I look now.
Before I was aware of the violent nature of the protests, I sort of blew the whole thing off. I have seen images, video, read stories from some individuals who I believe to be religiously extreme depicting westerners and Jewish persons in a terrible, disparaging manner. I thought this whole Danish cartoon thing would end in a demand for an apology, an apology given, and that would be it. I thought the offended individuals would react much the same as how I think Christian religious extremists would react should they come across cartoons depicting Jesus in an unflattering manner. It seems I was wrong.
I asked my husband last night if he believes some Christians would in fact react violently, like the extremists who blow up doctors, nurses and innocent individuals in abortion clinics. He made a very good point when he asked me in turn to compare the numbers of violent acts by Muslim religious extremists to religious extremists of every other faith in current times.
It’s very, very strange that people are so offended by a drawing that they would demand the actual hand of the cartoonist responsible!
What I wonder about at this time, is whether any of the offended are responsible for the depiction of Jesus, God, or any of the prophets or saints in a negative light. I wonder more about how they look at it and whether they are hypocrites or consistent with their own teachings. To be sure, there is no sound reason for their violent reaction.
For today, I will say that I am offended by the violent nature of the protesters even more than I am offended by Christian religious extremists who are offended by gargoyles and fear Halloween.
As I continue to ponder, I have a lot of reading to catch up on. I don’t mind coming out of my little realm every once in a while, but it sure is a nice place retreat to when the world isn’t doing what you told it to before you went in.