Ok, I’m ticked. I think I’ll just let this speak for itself:
Read this CNN report very carefully:
The international storm over cartoon drawings of the Prophet Mohammad published in European media gathered pace across the Islamic world Thursday with angry demonstrations and the shutting down of the EU office in Gaza City….Muslims consider it sacrilegious to produce a likeness of the Prophet Mohammad. CNN has chosen to not show the cartoons in respect for Islam.
Unbelievable. The news network reports on an international controversy, but refuses to show readers what the news is actually about and let them judge the cartoons for themselves.
Even more galling is CNN’s newfound respect for religion.
Where was that deference when Ted Turner [Edit: The owner of CNN — G.] was calling Catholics “Jesus Freaks?”
Where was the sensitivity about offensive religious imagery when Jeanne Moos was mocking images of Jesus Christ or Jonathan Mann was reporting on the Virgin Mary covered in dung?
Why is it that American media, including CNN, have absolutely no qualms about splashing Kanye West-as-Christ all over the airwaves and Internet, but can’t bring themselves to print the Forbidden Cartoons gallery (now available in thumbnail and full-size images over at Human Events Online, which is also running the photos with my column this week)…
Read the rest of that post for yourself. It’s absolutely worth it, especially if like me, you’re tired of all the Christian bashing that goes on regularly in the mainstream media.
“Out of respect” for Islam and Muslims?
Out of fear.
For the record, let’s get something very straight here: I don’t condone the cartoons. I have many of muslim friends — who I’d just as likely call my brothers — who I respect and highly admire. And frankly, I’m not sure what they (the cartoon “artists) are trying to depict with this scrap of used toilet paper they call a cartoon. But to curtail a news story so as to “not offend a religion” while on the other hand bashing day in and day out another… That’s not respect. That’s yet another slap in the face towards Christians.
Either show it and be consistent with your mission and past actions, or don’t, and act accordingly towards all religions.
Update: Here’s exactly what I’m talking about: http://www.smalldeadanimals.com/archives/003630.html. In short, this news paper decided one week to not run the “anti-muslim” cartooms out of “respect”, then the next week turned around and published what can be described only as pure filth: a caricature of Jesus giving felatio to a pig who tells him “it’s kosher if you don’t swallow.”
If you have something to say, you can! Just email The papers at firstname.lastname@example.org.