and why we must ALL recognise respect is a two-way street.
In one of our papers today is a very interesting article. It has given me a new perspective and i hope some food for thought and debate.
Yesterday a Jordanian Editor was sacked because he asked his readers a question.
"What brings more prejudice against Islam - these caricatures? Or pictures of a hostage-taker slashing the throat of his victim?"
Also is an interesting fact that the Egyptian newspaper (gov controlled) Al Ahram routinely publishes anti- Jewish (not simply anti - Israeli) caricatures of men with hooked noses and Fagin like faces gloating as they take over the world and soak it in muslim blood.
When challenged the editor stated "well i'm affraid its just part of our culture, you should not take it too seriously".
This leads the writer on to say
"well free speech is part of our culture - so long as it does not seek to incite violence. But we do not riot, tear down mosques, burn national flags or do not issue death threats against those who offend me or my principles".
It is a suprise to most non muslims that representations of the Prophet Mohammed (pbuh) are forbidden. However the Koran does not state this. This only occurs in the Hadith which is a collection of the sayings of the Prophet written after his death.
Going back to the subject of offending caroons. Another Egyptian newspaper Al Ackbar also publish anti semitic cartoons. For example showing an Israelli Soldier with a Swastika for legs and the head of a pig, or Ehud Barak dressed as Hitler with blood dripping from his hands and standing on the Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem.
Were the Egyptian embassies in Tel Aviv, Washington or London sieged by protestors.? NO.
Furthermore an english language paper produced in Saudi "The Arab News", and circulated around the Gulf , last week, depicted cartoons of Ariel Sharon wilding a swastika shaped axe to chop up Palestinian children.
To me these cartoons, all of which were copied in the Mail, are highly offensive. But the writer is right and i agree, it does not make me want to go and protest outside of any Embassy, let alone even leave my house for.
Some food for thought and hopefully peaceful calm discussion and debate please.