I didn’t intend to write about this thorny issue because I never understand why some westerners behave stupidly when it comes to religious sensitivities. More than half the world’s problems arise from religious intolerance and I just don’t understand why people who preach peace on one side instigate hatred on other.
Globe and Mail ran a survey with the question “If you owned a newspaper, would you have published a cartoon depicting the Prophet Mohammed? 50% of them shamefully said “yes”. Where are the values that Canada has been built on, why do 50% of readers think it’s okay to insult a religion?
Western media and businesses have a tradition of insulting Islam, Hinduism, and Buddhism. I wonder if the same media and businesses that have insulted these religions have the nerve to draw images of Jesus and Virgin Mary in nude and call it art, put their images on toilet bowls, bikinis, sandals and make sexual jokes about them. I have never seen anything like that, not even when the news everyday was about priests in Churches across North America being accused of pedophilia, so why the hell insult other religions and call it frigging freedom of expression?
I come from a country where over 85% are Hindus, but when the Pope came to India trying to convert Hindus to Christians they gave him a red carpet welcome to respect the beliefs and faith of 5% of the population’s Christians who live in India. Tolerance and freedom of expression is not only how you react to other people’s comments, but it is also how you treat other people with your comments and actions. Those who think they can insult the faith and beliefs of other people and hide under the cover of this FofE should feel ashamed of their lives and values. In most cases papers publish these items to improve sagging sales of the newspaper, as controversy always sells.
Leave religion alone, we already have enough global problems because of it, is our creativity limited to insults and religious intolerance?
Millions of Muslims around the world are protesting against these cartoons and the governments of many Islamic countries like Saudi Arabia, Libya, Syria, and Pakistan have protested against Denmark. What have these governments done to prevent the spread of violence and terrorism against Israel, India, US, UK, and other countries? What have they done to promote religious tolerance and freedom in their own countries? While Saudi Arabia has withdrawn its ambassador from Denmark in protest of these cartoons that appeared in a paper not even owned by the government, Saudi does not allow its residents to even wear a cross or read a bible. Why the hypocrisy?
And as one blogger put it so eloquently, “And why are more Muslims apparently outraged over some goofy cartoons that were drawn thousands of miles away than they are about beheadings and suicide bombings that occur in their own backyard?”
Why? You are all hypocrites, but I think the western media is the easier of the two, who will understand it than the fanatics. So can we put an end to this practice of insults to religions?
What do you think?