February 03, 2006
The horrible thing about the Two Minutes Hate was not that one was obliged to act a part, but, on the contrary, that it was impossible to avoid joining in. Within thirty seconds any pretence was always unnecessary. A hideous ecstasy of fear and vindictiveness, a desire to kill, to torture, to smash faces in with a sledge-hammer, seemed to flow through the whole group of people like an electric current, turning one even against one's will into a grimacing, screaming lunatic. And yet the rage that one felt was an abstract, undirected emotion which could be switched from one object to another like the flame of a blowlamp. Thus, at one moment Winston's hatred was not turned against Goldstein at all, but, on the contrary, against Big Brother, the Party, and the Thought Police; and at such moments his heart went out to the lonely, derided heretic on the screen, sole guardian of truth and sanity in a world of lies. And yet the very next instant he was at one with the people about him, and all that was said of Goldstein seemed to him to be true.
1984 - George Orwell(Eric Blair)
Of course, if someone portrays Osama Bin Laden as Christ, we're supposed to just respect their views and not be so culturally ethnocentric. ;)
Update: Now Michelle Malkin has started a Muhammad Cartoon Blogburst.
Posted by Peenie Wallie on February 03, 2006 at 08:25 AM
As Glenn Reynolds noted last week, "If Kanye West had balls, he'd pose as Mohammed, instead of Jesus. But he doesn't. Efforts to be controversial have become so predictable. Yawn." Refernce is to this Rolling Stone cover (February 9, 2006 issue).
Also, "The lesson is that if you want your religion not to be mocked, it helps to have a reputation for senseless violence. Is this the incentive structure we want?"
Posted by: Robert on February 03, 2006 at 08:48 AM
And, I'd like to add, this is the first time I've actually seen the cartoons, since other media outlets won't show them.
Posted by: Robert on February 03, 2006 at 08:50 AM
What was the point of making these pictures of our beloved prophet Muhammad peace be upon him?
In Islam we dont make pictures of any other prophets. We respect all prophets, Jesus, Moses, Abraham. In our religion, even if you made pictures of these prophets, it would be considered a big sin.
We respect all religions, yet why dont the people who drawed what they did respect ours?
Moreover, why not write about our prophet peace be upon him from true sources? if you really learn about this Prophet, you will see what a mercy he was to mankind.
Posted by: be on February 04, 2006 at 05:46 AM
"My God Can Beat Up Your Allah"
Posted by: Bumper Sticker Pundit on February 05, 2006 at 11:02 AM
Dear Whole Entire News Industry,
Please watch in horror as your ratings and circulation numbers continue to plummet, and don't forget to throw some more blame at the bloggers who keep picking up your goddamn slack.
Posted by: G.O.F. on February 11, 2006 at 11:28 AM