I guess it must be them Zoroastrians. They keep pulling crap like this.
Demonstrators set fire to the building housing the Danish consulate in Beirut on Sunday, as angry crowds rampaged through a Christian neighborhood in protest over controversial cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed, an AFP reporter said.
Seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong and Grammy-winning pop star Sheryl Crow have split up, scrapping plans for a Texas wedding after two years of dating, People magazine reported on Friday.
"Then will he strip his sleeve and show his scars"
In the internet age pictures of posters with the Carrefour logo proclaiming a boycott of Denmark, intended for use in Egypt, are also seen [in] Brussels, where the result is… a boycott of Carrefour. - Paul Belien
"we get to torch shit."
[E]ven now you have Kos commenters contorting themselves into positions of self-righteous progressive onanism that are a wonder to behold—suddenly, free speech is not a universal right worthy of the crafting of puppet heads and the defacing of Starbucks’ windows, but instead is a culture-specific gift that needs to be filtered through the religious precepts of the culture of the Other. Unless, of course, that “Other” happens to be, say, Evangelical Christians. In which case, such extremists MUST BE SHOUTED DOWN with free speech. - Jeff Goldstein
"babyish rumor-fuelled tantrums"
[C]ivil society means that free expression trumps the emotions of anyone to whom free expression might be inconvenient. It is depressing to have to restate these obvious precepts, and it is outrageous that the administration should have discarded them at the very first sign of a fight. - Christopher Hitchens
"have a Carlsberg"
If depicting Muhammad is a blasphemy, well, nobody asked Muslims to depict him. For the rest of us who don’t believe in the Religion of Submission, it’s our freedom and our privilege to do so, and we do as we wish. If the sight of their Prophet shocks Muslims, - well, nobody asks them to look... - Visual Hugo
Protests over editorial cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad turned violent Saturday in the Syrian capital as demonstrators set fire to the Danish, Chilean and Swedish embassies.
Hundreds of people in Damascus stormed the building, which houses all three embassies, to denounce the satirical depictions of the Prophet that appeared in a Danish newspaper.
"where lunacy looms large"
Ever since that seminal death sentence handed down to Salman Rushdie by the Iranian theocracy, the Western world has incrementally and insidiously accepted these laws of asymmetry. Perhaps due to what might legitimately be called the lunacy principle ("these people are capable of doing anything at anytime"), the Muslim Middle East can insist on one standard of behavior for itself and quite another for others. It asks nothing of its own people and everything of everyone else's, while expecting no serious repercussions in the age of political correctness, in which affluent and leisured Westerners are frantic to avoid any disruption in their rather sheltered lives. - Victor Davis Hanson
"A Quick Observation"
They’re cowards, plain and simple. The only ones they’re willing to “offend” are those least likely to react in an unpleasant fashion. Those, on the other hand, they’ll offend any day of the week and thrice on Sundays, claiming that they’re merely performing their duty to report. - HIH Darth Misha I, on the WaPo decision not to publish the JP cartoons.
"combat the stultifying reach of sharia"
Editorial cartoons exist to challenge political thought and expose hypocrisy. Among religions, Islam should be the least protected from this form of speech, as it insists on involving itself in temporal political matters wherever it is practiced. Indeed, it insists on dictating political and legal matters, usually in the most extreme terms, and it uses the life of Mohammed as its claim on political and legal supremacy. Christianity hasn't taken that position in centuries, focusing on the spiritual and individual rather than group diktat. - Captain Ed
"Do not apologize."
A democracy cannot survive long without freedom of expression, the freedom to argue, to dissent, even to insult and offend. It is a freedom sorely lacking in the Islamic world, and without it Islam will remain unassailed in its dogmatic, fanatical, medieval fortress; ossified, totalitarian and intolerant. Without this fundamental freedom, Islam will continue to stifle thought, human rights, individuality; originality and truth. - Ibn Warraq
To paraphrase president Johnson, We've lost the State Department, so what?
UPDATE: like Rick in Casablanca, it appears we were misinformed by the MSM's selective quoting. Serves us right for not checking things at the source.
We may—like I said, we may not agree with those points of view, we may condemn those points of view but we respect and emphasize the importance that those individuals have the right to express those points of view.