Thousands of Syrians enraged by caricatures of Islam’s revered prophet torched the Danish and Norwegian embassies in Damascus on Saturday – the most violent in days of furious protests by Muslims in Asia, Europe and the Middle East.
In Gaza, Palestinians marched through the streets, storming European buildings and burning German and Danish flags. Protesters smashed the windows of the German cultural center and threw stones at the European Commission building, police said.
Iraqis rallying by the hundreds demanded an apology from the European Union, and the leader of the Palestinian group Hamas called the cartoons “an unforgivable insult” that merited punishment by death.
Well, at least most Christians don’t want to kill people just because someone jokes around and creates a cartoon about Jesus. The news story itself looks like some kind of sad joke about how extreme belief in an imaginary friend is like being in a cult. Sadly, the cults are real.
This is yet another example that either there really is nothing like a god that exists or that we just have no clue at all about the nature of a god concept. If there really is a God and that God is so offended by a cartoon about his prophet Muhammad, his son Jesus, or just his favorite type of sheep that “He” would kill or want us to be killed by our own hands, then I should have been dead many years ago. If it’s really such a crime against God than why doesn’t he take care of it himself???
The drawings have touched a raw nerve in part because Islamic law is interpreted to forbid any depictions of the Prophet Muhammad.
Isn’t it handy that they ban anything that would allow people to visualize aspects of their religion as real and possibly see that Mount Olympus really isn’t on the horizon?
The Vatican deplored the violence but said certain provocative forms of criticism were unacceptable.
“The right to freedom of thought and expression … cannot entail the right to offend the religious sentiment of believers,” the Vatican said in its first statement on the controversy.
Yes, religions believe freedom of thought and expression can go too far and become anti-religious. Such freethought as my nonbelief should be illegal if they were in charge.
“With our blood and souls we defend you, O Prophet of God!” the demonstrators chanted. Some removed the Danish flag and replaced it with a green flag printed with the words: “There is no god but God and Muhammad is the messenger of God.”
…We should have killed all those who offend the Prophet and instead here we are, protesting peacefully.” he said.
Hopefully the Christians of the world don’t respond in kind in defense of Jesus and start acting like these crazy Muslims. Hopefully the normal Muslims can talk some sense into these radicals. Hopefully every believer in one of these cults will some day wake up and realize they don’t have the answers and have no clue what a god wants them to do… I can dream at least…