Wednesday, November 01, 2006


Iran's best-selling newspaper, Hamshahri, launched a competition in February to find the best cartoon about the Holocaust, in which 6 million Jews were killed by the Nazis.

The contest was a retaliation for last year's publication of caricatures of the Prophet Mohammad in Danish and other European newspapers that angered Muslims worldwide.

Full story.

I am deeply disturbed by what I have just read, supplemented above. I find it ironic that in the past year Islam has dramatically retaliated, twice with violence, for comments made about their religion. Yet, as a Christian, if my religion is lampooned or mocked, which it is every day, I am told to bite the bullet and get over it.
Last year when the cartoon mentioned above was released, if I remember right, it also contained caricatures of other major religions. The only one we heard about was the depiction of Mohammad, and the only reason we heard about it was because many Muslims retaliated with violence.
Again, many Muslims retaliated with violence when the Pope made a comment about Islam's history of violence. This was the most ironic to me. It was as if Islam was saying, "You say we're violent? You deserve to die for saying that!"
Now, an Iranian newspaper has given rewards to the cartoonists who best lampooned one of the most horrific events in human history; the Holocaust.
I am not going to say that, from a worldview, Christianity or Judaism are better than Islam. Many awful things have been done in the name of God; the Crusades come to mind. It was unfortunate that the original cartoon was published, however, to respond in such a way that only proliferates the idea which was put forth in said cartoon is not going to help Islam any.
That's enough world politics, next time I'll just leave it to Griep.

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