Anti-Muslim Editorial in LA Times
This will send some folks panties straight up their cracks…
In case you missed it, David, the LA Times ran an op-ed today admonishing Muslims all over the world for losing their shit over a bunch of cartoons—some of which are, yes, inflamatory, but some are completely neutral. A few of the original 12 are even critical of the newspaper that ran them in the first place. (Read this excellent BBC story for a good picture of what was actually in that Danish paper.) Anyway, I was in LA today, doing my part to advance the collapse of Western Civ. by taping an inane TV program, and I picked up the LA Times and spotted this:
Can [the world] help but think that Muslims are violent? Several newspapers have reported that some Muslim leaders have called for the deaths of those who published the cartoons. Muslims have burned Danish flags and destroyed Danish embassies in Muslim countries; people have died in the protests.
The violent response also makes it seem that the cartoons are worth viewing, that they are important. If the intent is to prevent people from seeing offensive images about Islam, the tactic has backfired. Everyone (including me) now wants to view the cartoons.
And Muslims appear to have a double standard. [They] cry out that Islam should not be desecrated, but in several countries where the majority is Muslim, it is illegal or incredibly difficult for minority religions to build churches, synagogues or temples.
Finally, it seems as if Muslims do not believe in freedom…. when others express views that are offensive to Muslims, there is no tolerance.
Wow. What bigotry! Off with that man’s Orientalist head!
Oh, wait—the author is a Muslim. Jamil Momand is a prof at Cal State in Los Angeles. Go read the whole op-ed by clicking here.
In other news, before I left for the airport in LA I heard a speaker at a rally shown on CNN insist that the protests would continue until Europe changed its laws about free speech. We should certainly be aware of the damage that colonialism did to the Middle East, but we can aslo—simultaneoulsy even—see this threat for what it is.
When I landed in Seattle, I opened my laptop to this headline: EU mulls media code after cartoon protest. So is it okay to view this conflict as a fight over freedom of thought and expression now?