After the violence at the Garland, TX, draw-Mohammed contest sponsored by a free speech organization, and after all the lies and hate directed at that free speech organization in the best blame-the-victim tradition, there is only one thing to do: share my favorite Mohammed cartoon with the world.
Now, I don’t like just any Mohammed cartoon. I remember after the Charlie Hebdo attack in France, I was looking at their Islam related cartoons. The ones I found were not satirical or funny. They were mostly hateful, cruel and obscene. And they had a similar batch of cartoons hating Christianity and Judaism.
As a Christian, my basic principle is ‘Do unto others as you would have others do unto you.’ I don’t like to see hateful material against Christianity, and so I don’t want to see haters go after Islam, either. The people who are in the Islamic faith are not to blame for the fact that they are in a false religion. Many have never heard the Gospel, and since converting from Islam to Christianity carries the death penalty in many Islamic countries, the average Muslim is probably too scared to listen if the Gospel is ever presented to him.
So what I want in a Mohammed cartoon is something kinder and gentler than the Charlie Hebdo variety. And it’s not impossible to find. The prize-winning cartoon by Bosch Fawstin, winner of the Garland contest, is just what I want in a Mohammed cartoon— not hateful or mocking of Muslims, but bringing up a real issue— the violence threatened and sometimes carried out by those who merely draw an image of Mohammed.
The question is one of free speech. In our 80% Christian society, we endure the worst hatred, mockery and lies against the Christian faith. Is it right to allow this while banning depictions of Mohammed to please that religious minority?
Warning: Mohammed cartoon below!
Bosch Fawstin’s blog: http://fawstin.blogspot.com
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