I’m sure you’re familiar with the above image, one which many in the world think warrants “revenge and blood” from this pleasant looking old guy who drew it, Kurt Westergaard.
Well some jackass tried yesterday and failed. Now exactly what common ground are we to find with these people? Please remind me again, and exactly why we need to be tolerant and respectful?
And I’m not just talking about Muslims, as this asshat demonstrated. Of course, thankfully, he didn’t have an axe and knife.
When we see images mocking the stuff we like, sure, it might be aggravating, but does it provoke us to violence? Better question, should we all be sympathetic to these offended folk and their need to violently lash out, or expect more civilized behavior and self control? You know where I stand. Hell, if you don’t like something, retaliate by making something more clever and attention grabbing, like this example where artists turned white supremacist books into an art exhibit. Of course the offended might be lacking in the creative expression skills, though. I do remember when I was in college getting an angry phone call from someone offended by a cartoon of mine in the paper. I suggested they create one of their own and I offered to make sure it got published in the paper, but the offended guy replied with a sad voice, “but I can’t draw like you.” Luckily though, he never paid me a visit with his buddies Mr. Knife and Mr. Axe.
Maybe the religious fanatics in the world just need some classes in the arts. Maybe Knifey McAxe could create an interesting piece, perhaps a performance piece, to showcase the evil of the infidels rather than having to get all choppy and stabby.