Okay seriously, it's a fucking cartoon. How dare these stupid Muslims go around behaving the way they have been. Who DO they think they are?!
I saw an interesting opinion voiced by a Muslim on IRC. By interesting I mean hilariously stupid.
Firstly, they asked me to imagine if a cartoon was posted in a newspaper depicting my mother being fucked by a dog.
Well, umm, I certainly wouldn't go around burning embassies and sending death threats to random citizens of the country that the newspaper resides in. I wouldn't go around enforcing my view that my mum is the greatest in the world and no other mum is better than her, and I wouldn't burn flags or dress up like a suicide bomber in some sort of bizarre protest.
And then he went on to say that the threats and violence against the Danish citizens and consulate makes sense because they are just as responsible for what is printed in their newspapers as anyone else.
Umm...as a citizen of the United Kingdom, I can't say that I have even the tiniest ability to effect what is printed in the newspaper's over here. I am even more certain however that should The Sun or The Daily Mail choose to print a certain cartoon, I would have no say over whether it were published, and would be damn pissed off if I started to receive death threats because of it. Absurd.
Of course, as with all idiots, this person could not accept the fact that they are wrong. All Muslims who think that this cartoon is offensive enough for the violence and insanity that has ensued to be deemed understandable is wrong, and plain stupid. Simple as that. There is no argument.
Could the cartoon be construed as offensive? Certainly. Should they have printed it? Probably not. Are the reactions reasonable? No.
I was under the impression that Islam is a peaceful religion and that the Muslim community is a peace-loving one. That's what I'm constantly told too. And yet all I ever hear about is how they are angry about something, how they are burning things down in protest, how they are blowing themselves up. I even spoke to a couple of Sikh guys at school a couple years ago, and he said that should a Sikh person ever marry a Muslim, their parents would throw them out and probably beat them.
Edit: By the way, I also know a bunch of do-gooders will insist that these are the actions of a "few" extremists. Don't bother posting a comment. I'm not interested in listening to your bullshit quite frankly, and nor is anyone else. I've never known a religion to have so many "few" extremists!
Update: It seems another French magazine has reprinted the cartoons with a court's permission. This is just stupid. They are even considering re-issuing the cartoons because they've sold so many copies. Do they not know the definition of "hype"?