Saturday, February 04, 2006

I love my flag and I want you to burn it


Anonymous Nicole said...

I hear you are very popular with the Muslim community at the moment.

4:45 am  
Blogger Mikkel said...

They have every right to feel offended. It was an act of deliberate racist malice and it enrages me how it has been wrapped in a freedom-of-speech rhetoric. Have you seen the drawings? They are so petty.

Arabs are Semites. This is anti-Semitism, the real kind, not the kind the Israeli right-wingers exploits to confuse the issues.

And the horrible thing about it is that it has developed in Denmark within the 15 last years. Just like that!

Mind you, I'm no fan of religious fundamentalists. But I'm not buying this media myth that all muslims are medieval, bearded wife-beaters either.

It always starts with generalization: They are so miserly. Their noses are so big. They are the source of all evil. Let's gas them.

5:14 am  
Anonymous maître said...

I don't know what to say. Some people got very offended by Life of Brian, but I also know a few monks who found it very funny. I don't know if the artist behind the drawings meant for them to be a racist attack on muslims, he apparently drew similar drawings of Jesus etc. It's true that some people take religion very serious, but should they decide for everybody? I'm not so sure.

It seems that if Jesus is attacked or ridiculed and if you happen to find that a bit over the top, then you're just being silly and intolerant.

But in the current Profet situation it seems that the people who find it to be blasphemeous have the right to burn flags, threaten to kill people etc.

I'm not sure what to think. Freedom of speech is very important and I don't know if I would like to have any restrictions on it.

7:49 pm  
Blogger Mikkel said...

I agree. Freedom of speech is just peachy. It's hard to disagree with that. Just like it's hard to disagree with democracy when it's being delivered to the civilian population of developing countries by stealth bomber squadrons.

I haven't seen that one drawing in France Soir that (rightly) got the editor fired.

I'm talking about the 12 openly racist and deliberately offensive drawings in the Danish right wing newspaper Jyllandsposten that started this. There are currently riots in Copenhagen because of them.

This is part of a focused media campaign to stir up conflict between the Danish population and its Muslim minority. We don't need that. We need fraternity.

Christians are not a minority in Europe. They are not victimized in any way. There has been no persecution of Christians in Europe since the fall of the iron curtain. On the contrary, in most European countries some form of Christianity is the state religion. I see no need to defend a privileged majority. They can defend themselves.

The Vatican, by the way, has (rightly) condemned these drawings as offensive.

8:56 pm  
Blogger Sara said...

I agree with Mikkel. Freedom of speech has been fought for for a variety of reasons, and the blatant persecution and demonisation of religious or ethnic minorities weren't amongst them.

If Muslim communities around the world want to critically engage in debates about whether it's ok or not to produce images of their prophet, that's fine with me.

But this was a series of intentional insults, signals to Muslims inside and outside Denmark that they are suspect, backwards, untrustworthy and don't belong in Europe or anywhere else, for that matter.

I feel ashamed.

9:10 pm  
Anonymous Sternberg said...

In Denmark There is currently a lot of freedom of Speech, but very little taking the resposibility for what You say. It's very popular among the People. Every day it generates new Xenophobic Voters, and makes communicating with each other a bit more confusing and unpleasant.

1:25 pm  
Anonymous maître said...

I have seen all the 12 drawings and was quite disappointed. I admit they were bad taste and very offensive. And the right question to ask is why the drawings were printed. I can't really se any good reason for it, except to offend muslims who have quite precise rules when it comes to representating their beliefs.

I am sorry that some people feel good about offending others.

But I'm still wondering whether or not these people should be able to express their shit freely.

6:54 pm  
Blogger Mikkel said...

that's another issue entirely. But probably, yes, they should.

12:12 am  
Anonymous Nicole said...

from New Zealand

I love Helen although I can actually imagine a large chunk of Kiwis muttering to themselves that the "bloody muslims have no sense of humour"

12:17 am  
Blogger Mikkel said...

(To clarify for our non-kiwi readers, the Helen referred to is Helen somethingsomething, popular NZ Labour Party Prime Minister)

12:49 am  
Blogger MGL said...

This is beautiful. I'm totally linking this when I get home. "I love my flag and I want you to burn it" looks like a funny cartoon, but I think we should be dead serious about it.

2:46 pm  
Blogger Mikkel said...

At SHÄDY ÄCRES we are always serious, even when we're not.

6:56 pm  

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