Monday, February 06, 2006

The Cartoon Riots continue...

As I said last week, the only reason these cartoons have been found offensive, is that they are too close to the truth. And these riots all instigated by the printing of some simple cartoons, continue propogating the idea the Islam has become a violent religion. Here's some images from the "Religion of Peace."

Amid the violence there have been peaceful protests (sit-ins, marches, boycott, etc.) and most have apologized for their roles in the cartoons, but it is their right to publish the cartoons, as it is yours to criticize them for doing so. That is how free societies work. They've apologized. Let it go. Continued violence does nothing for you or Islam as a religion. It only gives more meaning to the cartoons. Your violence makes them truer than before they were published.

UPDATE: The riots have caused enough shame for the religion that it's sparked some muslims to set up a website to publicly apologize for the actions of the rioters (via Captain's Quarters).

In the middle of all the mayhem surrounding the Danish cartoons controversy, a group of Arab and Muslim youth have set up this website to express their honest opinion, as a small attempt to show the world that the images shown of Arab and Muslim anger around the world are not representative of the opinions of all Arabs. We whole-heartedly apologize to the people of Denmark, Norway and all the European Union over the actions of a few, and we completely condemn all forms of vandalism and incitement to violence that the Arab and Muslim world have witnessed. We hope that this sad episode will not tarnish the great friendship that our peoples have fostered over decades.

They make an reasonable arguement that I feel represents my sentiments on the situation as well as I've tried to describe here. Stop by, read the rest, and sign their guestbook.