Wednesday, October 11, 2006

We will use sticks and stones to break your bones when you hurt our feelings

More from Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on the most recent Danish cartoon controversy.

“The leaders of some nations jail scholars who deny the Holocaust, (but) on the other hand they keep silent towards those who insult the great prophet of Islam on the pretext of freedom,” said Ahmadinejad, who has previously called the Holocaust a “myth”.

“They should know that if the ocean of human nature erupts, its repercussions will be uncontrollable,” he added.
So, according to the President of a country that actively suppresses the freedom of the press, and who has recently blamed skyrocketing inflation in his country on the media, it is wrong to jail someone for denying the Holocaust, but justifiable for states to use violence to prevent people from potentially hurting the feelings of certain groups, namely Muslims? While the state has no right to jail someone who denies the mass extermination of Jews, or draws cartoons of a prophet they believe is a myth, neither do the Jews, nor the Muslims, or their sympathizers, have a right to violently attack the authors of such opinions. If I believe the prophet is a myth, it is my right to draw pencil sketches of the prophet every single day if I so choose, so long as I am not defacing someone else's property against their will. I do not however, have a right to throw bombs at embassies because their countries don't lock people up for making fun of the "Party of God":
Dozens of protesters pelted the Danish embassy in Tehran with stones and petrol bombs on Tuesday after Danish television broadcast footage deemed insulting to the Muslim Prophet Mohammad, witnesses said.

Denmark's state TV aired footage on Friday of a number of members of the youth wing of the anti-immigrant Danish People's Party (DPP) drawing cartoons in August mocking the Prophet. Iran condemned the broadcast.

Reuters witnesses said protesters hurled stones and petrol bombs into the embassy compound. The crowd chanted "Down with Zionists" and "God praise the party of God".
Crossposted at Dust my Broom


Sky Captain said...

Yeah, mate.
Watch out for that 'ocean of human nature'.
We aren't all fake-liberal politicians.

Feynman and Coulter's Love Child said...

I still can't see a photo of a Ahmadinejad speech without first thinking "dear Lord Maher Arar, what's your problem now?"