Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Mosques, Cartoons, and What's Right

An organization called The National Republican Trust has funded a television advertisement to protest the proposed mosque that is to be built on Manhattan's Ground Zero land. I'll grant you that the NRT is bombastic, but in this message, they're 100% correct.

Don't get me wrong - this is America, and Islamic citizens have a right to build a mosque pretty much anywhere they please. But just because you can do something, doesn't mean it is the proper thing to do.

Take, for example, making a cartoon or a caricature of the prophet Muhammad (PBUH). Legally, the First Amendment would protect this freedom of speech. However, given its offensive nature to Muslims, it is almost never, ever done. Unfortunately, when it is, it is met with massive outcry and death threats (or worse).

Whereas a simple commercial protesting the mosque and eliciting a similar (but non-violent) outcry can't even make it on TV.


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