Monday, February 20, 2006

Why The Danish Cartoons Were Published

I actually read this article this morning, but lacked the proper time to post a link to it.

From the WaPo comes this piece entitled, Why I Published Those Cartoons by Flemming Rose, the culture editor of the Jyllands-Post.

But, Jason at Liberty and Culture beat me to the draw. In spite of that, the interesting thing is, one passage stuck out to both of us. Here it is:
When I visit a mosque, I show my respect by taking off my shoes. I follow the customs, just as I do in a church, synagogue or other holy place. But if a believer demands that I, as a nonbeliever, observe his taboos in the public domain, he is not asking for my respect, but for my submission. And that is incompatible with a secular democracy.

What more needs to be said?

Read the whole article and it will help you understand better.

1 comment:

SuperFrenchie said...

//I follow the customs, just as I do in a church, synagogue or other holy place. But if a believer demands that I, as a nonbeliever, observe his taboos in the public domain, he is not asking for my respect, but for my submission.//

Exactly!

Same thing when I, as a fervent atheist, go to a funeral or a wedding. While I do believe that sacrilege is fun and that blasphemy should be an Olympic sport, I do restrain myself when I am on someone else's "sacred" grounds. There is a place and time for everything. But don't ask me to restrain myself anywhere else.