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I'll sum it up for people who don't know already:
Some Danish cartoonist (and some other artists too) drew political cartoons that poked fun at the seemingly violent nature of Muslims. At least they thought it was fun. Muslims all over the world took it as an insult and demanded action from the Danish government. They also responded with mass riots that included the burning of Danish embassies and the flags of Denmark and the USA (whose governments have sided with the danish artists). Some people have died over this. Many are demanding that the cartoonists apologize for the cartoons or be punished.
I am a cartoonist. An irreverent cartoonist at that. So what has happened to the artists (who drew the offensive cartoons) could have just as easily happened to me.
I'm angered by people who say that the cartoonists should apologize to the people that they offended. Why am I angered? Here is an analogy:
Do any of you remember those little signs that people once put in there car windows that read "No Radio"*?
*["No Radio" signs were semi-popular in the 80's. It was in response to thieves who would break into parked cars (by busting out a window), quickly rip out the car's radio and then run off. Some of the time the cars did not even have radios in them - so the window was busted for nothing. In response, many people started putting "No Radio" signs in car windows to ward off fruitless break-ins.]
Well, one day a saw a sign that read "Sorry, No Radio"! I was furious! What the hell!?! "SORRY"?!? Now we need to be POLITE to criminals!?! Why not just put up a sign that says "Thank you for not breaking into my car, Mr. Crack-Addict, Sir"! Victims should NEVER apologize to criminals!
The cartoonists are the victims, not the violent mob of hypocritical tards that they offended! Do the cartoonists really need to apologize?! Do they need to say something like "Please don't kill more innocent people, Mr. Terrorists, Sirs. we are sorry for drawing cartoons that conflicted with your crystal-clear world view. Please forgive us. We promise to be a good little cartoonists from now on!"
NO, NO, NO!!!!
Here is what MY response would be:
"Dear disgruntled mob of backwards idiots,
I'm a member of the free world and I'll do as I please. They are just CARTOONS - Get over it."
"But what about reprisals?" you might ask...
MILLIONS FOR DEFENSE, BUT NOT ONE CENT FOR TRIBUTE!!!
By the way - the sign in MY car window reads "I Press Charges."
I thought you weren't allowed to put up a topic like this unless in the enhanced forum?
Take my love, take my land, take me to where I cannot stand; I don't care I'm still free, you can't take the sky from me.
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