Monday, February 06, 2006

Artistic Insensitivities and Furious Backlashes.

Yet again, tactlesness and primal anger rules the media, judging from the backlash against Denmark for that hideous "bomb-turban" cartoon of the Prophet Muhammad (S.A.W).

I don't blame those in the same religion as I (I cannot bring myself to call them brothers and sisters, because the way they've been reacting to the Danish comic strip only shows how much they really know about the religion.), but if Prophet Muhammad(S.A.W) sees how muslims react to a drawing by an artist who doesn't really know what the Prophet looks like, he's sigh, frown and shake his head at what today's muslims have become.

Anger can be a wasted thing.

Seriously, instead of lashing out, why don't we all sit down and ask this:
1) Why did the Danish comic artist drew the comic?
2) Did he not know what he/she's's doing was insensitive, but did it anyway because he thought it was funny (provided the guy/gal ain't religious and does not know squat.)?
3) If he did, did he/she do it 'cause he/she thinks it's ok, or does he/she have a fuelled resentment of Islam(remember, the Crusades was in Europe. So there could be a lot more of resentment there than anywhere. But who's fault was it? A community of 3 religions or 2 living in Jerusalem, or an army of zealot Crusaders who rampage through the place?)?
4) Is that resentment shared by newspapers from the countries that choosed to publish it?
5) If not, then why? Yes, freedom of speech is sacred, but so is religious sensitivities. Freedom of speech is having the ability to speak our minds and knowing what to say, but at the same time we have the freedom of choosing not what to say... which sorta is the problem, methinks.
6) But then, why was the press of certain nations were so *eager* to show it when they knew it will cause an uproar, and when they don't NEED to? The FoS excuse will be too tiresome and make them losers at the end.
7) Muslims should ask themselves this: "What are we doing wrong?" (But I'll bet those with no common sense would rather think of war rather than reason.)
8) "Are we actually practicing Islam, or we're using it as fuel for our rage, when it is suggest peaceful means?"

And for those wanting to ask why the prophets in our religion asked not to have their imaged portrayed in anyway...

Well, what's the point of believing in God if humans start idolising statues and images of religious figures, thus forgetting the reasons they came to us? They asked not to have any images of them because of that.

So stop whining and start thinking. Don't let a tactless and hateful comic strip get the best of you. Prove to those resentful of Islam that we're not what they think we are. And for the hyporcrites, shut up and give up those delusions.

Hopefully, those in the Middle East at least *TRY* to think...

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