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Touched a Nerve

M1 As "cartoon-gate" spirals out of control in Europe, one thing is certain: It’s clear the West touched a nerve. Now it’s the lead story on CNN. All the shooting, bomb-threats, and diplomatic protests can’t hide the truth. (From a ‘religion of peace’ I might add.) Muslims are scared to death to look in the mirror. What bothers Muslims about these cartoons, is not that they’re insulting. It’s that they are right on target.

When I was a kid, I saw the film "Mohammed, Messenger of God." It was the weirdest film I’d ever seen. Whenever there was supposed to be a shot of Mohammed, we saw his point-of-view instead, and heard a lengthy pause in the dialog. I guess the filmmakers expected us to fill it in from the context. Weird. Even that ‘respectful’ treatment resulted in threats to "blow up the building" where the movie was being premiered!! And that was back in 1976! And they are wondering where these cartoon stereotypes come from?? Holy Jimminny Christmas!

See, it’s hard to find fault with a god you can’t see. All the religions rely on this device to an extent. It makes the mind control easier. You can’t argue with a god you can’t see either. This is what so upsets muslims. They value their faith more than their lives, and now the cartoonist has put clothes on the emperor. Now we see him for who he is–a plain old human historical figure who may not have even existed.

Talk about avoidance of the shadow.

The West cannot back down on this one. This is about whether we’re going to allow what are essentially blind religious two-year-olds throwing a tantrum–with guns–to cow the world’s press, even in secular countries. It’s about pluralism, plain and simple. Muslims have the right to practice their religion, but they can’t force other people to believe it or like it, just as I can’t force them to be atheist, or respect my expression which they would no doubt find offensive.

But we both have to live in the world, and this time, it’s not the West that needs to give. It has nothing to do with respect for religion or lack thereof. If Muslims want our respect–they shouldn’t expect to be coddled: Grow up and earn it!

(Or maybe they’d rather just bomb us all back to the stone age–at least then they wouldn’t have to put up with any more pesky cartoons.)


Comments (4 comments)

The Gay Black Jew / February 3rd, 2006, 12:48 am / #1

I’m all about the shadow. Born whole, civilization process (both necessary and damaging) and then you spend the rest of your life trying to put the pieces back together as best you can. And today we try to do so in a society that is so distorted by a Christian domination on moral authority and social norms that the resulting ill effects, I believe, would boggle anyone’s mind. One of my favorite books is Robert Johnson’s “Owning Your Own Shadow,” even though he is religious. He does a better job explaining Jung than Jung did. My web site is an expression of my shadow, throwing out all these things that society has pressured me to feel uncomfortable about or ashamed of or guilty for talking about…Suppressing the natural impulses of humanity was necessary to some degree when most religions were founded. They facilitated social order. But now we have laws and law enforcement. Religion lost its function in society a long time ago. It’s time we alert the public about this crucial fact. But how? haha

be / February 3rd, 2006, 2:48 am / #2

They shouldn’t have published pictures like that.

In Islam we’re not even allowed to draw pictures of the Prophet peace be upon him.

We dont draw pictures of Jesus or Moses, we respect all the prophets.

We love our prophet peace be upon him.

BlackSun / February 3rd, 2006, 11:29 am / #3

GBJ–

Yes, the Robert Johnson books are great. It’s true many psychologists, (even Jung) tend to be (or have been) somewhat religious. But I think it’s partly because so much of the general population is, and it would be impossible to understand their state of mind or be a good therapist without understanding or immersing oneself in that meme.

I think the shadow is an indispensable concept. The more in touch we are with those hidden aspects of ourselves, the less likely they are to come up unexpectedly and cause problems. The refusal of muslims to look at the dark shadow of Islam is problematic in the extreme. But as much as we in the West may have a sense of foreboding about where things are headed, it is ultimately the practitioners of Islam themselves who suffer the most.

BE–

I’m wondering if you’ve ever thought about WHY you are prohibited from making such images? Does this make any sense? Other religions the world over have images of their prophets and leaders. Would you say that this means they love them less than you love Mohammed?

Think about the fact that you have never questioned these supposed truths. Ask questions–lots of questions. If there are no answers that don’t rely on faith or tradition, you are on shaky ground indeed. Also ask yourself if your prophet would approve of the violent reaction of the Muslim world to some DRAWINGS? What about the suicide bombings? Don’t you think the cartoon brings up a good point?

Aaron Kinney / February 4th, 2006, 9:33 am / #4

Excellent, Blacksun. I also wrote about this. The truth is that the problem here is Islam itself. It is the Islam that is causing these actions and reactions from all these different people.

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