Cartoon Jihad Continues
The Washington bureau chief for the German newsweekly Die Zeit, Thomas Kleine-Brockhoff, writes an insightful op/ed on the jihad against cartoons in todays Washington Post entitled "Tolerance Toward Intolerance." He makes the excellent point:
In this jihad over humor, tolerance is disdained by people who demand it of others. The authoritarian governments that claim to speak on behalf of Europe's supposedly oppressed Muslim minorities practice systematic repression against their own religious minorities. They have radicalized what was at first a difficult question. Now they are asking not for respect but for submission. They want non-Muslims in Europe to live by Muslim rules.
Instead of burning down buildings and threatening to kill people, write a letter to the editor and cancel your subscription. Enlightened people know that if someone demands tolerance, they must exercise tolerance themselves.