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Danish Cartoons 2

In between taking care of things and doing my job, I’ve been trying to make some sense of the whole Danish cartoon thing, at least for myself, if not for anyone else.

I have a long post stored as a draft that I’ve been messing with off and on all week.

In the meantime, I recommend the most recent “Speaking of Faith” broadcast, which explored this issue in a detailed and thoughtful way. I listened to it this morning.

Here’s the blurb from the website:

Our guest, an American Muslim and religious scholar, helps untangle the knot of violent and bewildered reactions to cartoons depicting the Prophet Muhammad.



  1. Opie

    February 19, 2006 at 5:20 pm

    This is an especially fascinating issue for me, because although I view Islam as a largely untrue religion, I take a dim view of people who ridicule it. Religion is an area of life where calm, reasoned exhange of ideas, with mutual respect, is of tantamount importance.

    On the other hand, there is no excuse for some of the violence that has occurred from the publishing of these cartoons.

    This may well be a story where there are no heroes.

    The mp3 of Speaking of Faith is downloading at this moment.

  2. Frank

    February 19, 2006 at 6:33 pm

    Anyone who has a religion will tend to view other religions as untrue. It’s part of the territory of believing one has found the truth.

    At the same time, for the sake of civil life in this sphere, we need some way of dealing with the fact that different people believe, with all the personal sincerity in the world, that they have found different truths, but those different people somehow need to deal with each other on a day-to-day basis without bloodshed.

    Oh, well. I’m off tomorrow. Maybe that post will see the light of day.