I guess then that it is safer to say anything not adoring about Mohammed, the horse thief, than it would be in the more benighted places in Britain. Think the mosque-ridden Midlands. I lived in Britain for some time. It used to be a green and pleasant land. I don't return now.
Strikes me as something of a strawman, my intention as stated was to dramatise parts of the Satanic Verses - which is plenty critical of Mohammed, the horse thief and pederast who can kiss my ass whilst eating bacon.
But that doesn't mean I support some jerk who wants to indulge in hate speech aimed at denigrating billions of people, many of whom are innocent of any crime, or spreading misinformation under the guise of protecting free speech. I'll stand up for it along Voltarian lines, but I don't respect it and it's not in my name.
By the way - plenty of money has flowed from New York to Belfast over the years to encourage people here to blow things up and shoot one another. More people died during the troubles than on 9/11.
Do I hate New Yorkers, or Bostonians?
No, I know they aren't all culpable. In fact I know only a small minority donated to the republican cause, and that many of them might just have fallen for the propaganda rather than the reality of what Ireland's problems were and how best to solve them.
Do I regard McDonald's as benighting my home?
Does a mosque bother me any more than a church?
No, why would it?
I previously lived in Nottingham, were there is a large muslim population, and I heard plenty of criticism aimed their way. If I had to say who was intimidating who more - the muslims or those who disliked them - it would not have been the muslims on the whole. I didn't think Nottingham benighted, I would rather be there than Belfast and plan to return as soon as possible.
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xris;166412 wrote: Mohammed Image Archive
Not all Muslims find it offensive and historically it never was classified as such a terrible thing. What this exercise tells us is how the world has changed and how we tremble with fear at doing the most mundane of acts, the act of drawing a man, a man of flesh and blood. PBUH, his a man , why should we indulge in this nonsense?
Well, I think this day is about getting over that - you know - those who threatened the Danish cartoonists could do so because they were just a few men, working for one paper.
But when thousands do it, all over the web, you can't threaten them all, so the extremists are forced to confront a new paradigm.