Why Isn’t Anybody Else Offended?

(In response to this post)

About M J Shepherd

Matthew graduated Louisiana State University in 2009 with a BA in studio art and a minor in art history. He has been drawing cartoons and comics online for several years.

  • Thalfon

    …because Jews and Christians don’t have a taboo against drawing the Star of David and the cross?

    I mean, I tend to fall on the side of DMD to some extent, but this particular comic is a bit silly. The appropriate comparison to the cross and Star of David would be the star and crescent of Islam, which I doubt Muslims find offensive to draw at all.

  • HughInAz

    Some Jews have taboos against vowels, i.e. you have to write “G-d’. If they were killing people for spelling ‘God’ with an ‘o’, you bet I would be doing it – we could call it “Buy a Vowel Day’.

  • Bubba Tarandfeathered

    …because Jews and Christians gave up on using fear as a method to promote their beliefs.

    The Muslim world believes that they can hold the rest of the world hostage each time someone makes fun of their prophet. It is a remote form of terrorism. That only serves our politicians.

  • Sindigo

    “…because Jews and Christians gave up on using fear as a method to promote their beliefs.”

    When? Did I miss a meeting?

  • Edmond

    Some people need to learn to SHRUG.

  • Sindigo

    “But I tell you, Do not resist an evil person. If someone strikes you on the right cheek, shrug and say: “Whatevs, dude.” Matthew 5:39 (New teenage edition)

  • Patterrssonn

    What the hell’s the “muslim world”? Seriously.

  • Agnostic

    Muslim world is currently 25% of the global population and growing.Surprising that there are people who do not know.

  • Patterrssonn

    And what percentage of the idiotically termed “muslim world” responded to the cartoons, 0.1%? 0.01%? Less?

    How about the thousands of Muslims who destroyed the offices of the group behind the assassination of Stevens? Do they not represent the “muslim world”?

    I realize that American xenophobic paranoia is powerfully attractive but surely it can’t be that hard to stop characterizing all Islamic people by the actions of a bunch of rent-a-nutters whipped up into a frenzy by fringe political parties and radical activists for political

  • Denis Robert

     What you’re referring to is muslims, not the “muslim world”. The idea that there’s a “muslim world”, separate and distinct from the “western world”, is a large part of the problem. And only bigots on either side push that idea. Yes, you’ll see muslim clerics talking about the “Umma” as if it was a world separate from the rest, but most muslims don’t see it that way. The use the word in the same way Christians use the word “the Church”, as referring to a community of people who share their beliefs.

    Or do you consider the West the “Christian World”, that currently makes up 33% of the global population?

  • Denis Robert

    There’s probably the same number of people who are insulted and incensed by “inappropriate” depictions of Jesus as there are by “inappropriate” depictions of Muhammad. The reactions to Serrano’s “Piss Christ”, for example, are quite well known. And Bill Donohue gets offended at the slightest mention of his faith that is not 100% glowing. Different faiths consider different things “inappropriate”, but they react with the same anger at anything they so judge.

    The only difference is the level of violence shown by those who take offense. But you are talking about a region of the world where violence is regularly used, by every party, to make political points. This is true of the muslim extremists as much as of those who ally themselves with the “West”. The violence of the current Iranian regime, for example, is no greater that that shown by that of the Shah. So are you surprised that they express their angers with violence, as opposed to by demonstrations?

    And the “West” is certainly not immune to fringe groups using violence to make political points either: abortion clinic bombings, or even the fire-bombing of a Paris theater showing “The Last Temptation of Christ” attests to that. The violence is more contained, because the angry have more ways to express their anger. But put a lid on the anger of Christians, and you will see it erupt in violence. We have enough real examples of this happening to ignore the threat.

  • Bubba Tarandfeathered

    You are right, perhaps I should have written something more to the effect

    “…because the Jews and Christians, who only use rhetoric to incite fear, really don’t care. Unlike their counterparts, the Muslims, who use bombs strapped to teenaged boys…”

    “The Muslim World” is a loosely identifying term used by the American entertainment news industry.  One could also call it the Islamic World. Roughly 33% of the worlds population identifies in some manner or form as Muslim, which include Iranian Sufi’s,
    Sunni, Shia, African Ibadi, Indian Ahmadivva, Quranism, The American Nation of Islam and (yes) Liberal. Each having their own sub-denominations or schools.

  • Georgina Smyth

    Not to mention the extremely high level of atheist females deeply offended by the depiction of us by most patriarchal religions as inferior, second class people. Mo:Women are deficient in intelligence; RCC:Women are made to serve men; Eveng: Women should not speak in a house of worship).

    However, although we are extremely offended, you might notice the total lack of  bombed churches/mosques/synagogues etc.

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  • Thalfon

    See, that would be a much more reasonable comparison here. (Also, props for that name lol.)

  • Patterrssonn

    Yes, I’m not a member of the tea party so I need these things explained to me.

  • Philo Vaihinger

    Only part of it, actually. But yes.

  • Philo Vaihinger

    See no evil, hear no evil . . .

  • Philo Vaihinger

    Cart. Horse.

  • Sergio Castro

    We “paranoid xenophobic Americans” will stop characterizing all Islamic people by the action of fringe activists as soon as people like you stop characterizing all American people by the actions of a few fringe activists.

    And just cuz we’re paranoid doesn’t mean that all of those foreigners we hate aren’t out to get us.

  • Patterrssonn

    I wish there was some way I could help you.