A very disturbing news indeed.

“religious dogma has no place in a secular society”

If anyone of you who knew about Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten that printed caricatures of Holy Porphet Mohammad (PBUH), there’s something even more disturbing. France Soir, a daily from Paris goes one step ahead printing cartoons of Buddhist, Jewish, Muslim and Christian gods with an alarming statement, “Yes, We Have the Right to Caricature God.” Surely, their wicked sense of humour is not shared by all, especially in religious circles.

“One must find the borders between freedom of expression and freedom to protect the sacred. Unfortunately, the West has lost its sense of the sacred”, wrote French theologian Sohaib Bencheikh.

I doubt if secularism is about hurting others’ sentiments and ask them to be tolerant of your actions? Our belief says, its vice versa. Shocking enough, the French Muslim community – largest in the Europe – were muted to this malicious act. Freedom of expression is one thing, ridiculing others’ sentiments is another. An apology to the likes of Danish one is contemptable and that too, comes too late. Like I rape your sister and say sorry!!

9 Comments so far

  1. Anon (unregistered) on February 3rd, 2006 @ 3:16 pm

    I find it quite ironic that Muslims feel perfectly fine calling Christans and Jewish people ‘infidels’, thus negating everything those people believe in and have no qualms about attacking and killing people becasue of their religion. Just look at the attacks on the Ahmidya mosque and the churches in Pakistan. Yet, these same people want others to be sensitive to their own sentiments.

  2. Asouza (unregistered) on February 3rd, 2006 @ 6:32 pm

    I suggest Mr. Anon you concern yourself with your own hellhole before mentioning problems with other countries thank you very much; that’s what we all get for having a bombay metroblog…childish insecure indians on Pakistani metroblogs…like I didn’t see that coming.

    A small minority of people are extremists; media makes them seem big. When have any newspapers in the Islamic world said and disgraced anyone’s culture? Yes they might not like Bush or his policies…but do they degrade there culture? There Beliefs? The answer is NO!

    It was a cheapshot by Europe; they call it “FREEDOM OF SPEECH”. Funny thing is if a newspaper in the Islamic World were to do this…it would be called “EXTREME”.

    It’s double standards…wake up mr. india.

  3. Hasan Mubarak (unregistered) on February 3rd, 2006 @ 10:41 pm

    The debate is on all across the blogworld. And as a fellow said it right; It’s the same media who criticized Prince Harry on wearing a Nazi uniform for a fancy dress party and asked him to appologize for hurting the feelings of a particular religious segment. And now, look at them what they are publishing.

    A leader of Danish Muslim community declared it as “Prostitution of Journalism”.

    As for Mr. Anon, Muslims have never ever disrespected Buddha, Jesus or Moses in public. Although, we have reasons not to humiliate Moses & Jesus as we believe in them being God’s prophets, however, Buddha and other Hindu gods are exceptions.

    The worst part is defending such an act by making a lame excuse of Freedom of Expression. What they forget is that with this freedom of speech comes a moral responsibilty of not hurting spiritual & religious feelings of others.

  4. Anon (unregistered) on February 3rd, 2006 @ 11:50 pm

    LOL :) How come you jumped to the conclusion that I am Indian? And how racist you sound.
    And, wasn’t it the Taliban who destroyed the Buddhas in Afghanistan? Is that not considered ‘disprespect’? Or are the Talibans not Muslims?
    Of course, in Pakistan,as well as in other Muslim countries, one sees blatant disregard for human rights, which I consider one of the most important tenets of Islam, so really, if the Muslims cannot respect their own religion and its basic teachings, why do they expect the rest of the world to do so?
    So go on, go out on the streets, burn some more KFCs and McDonalds and have a high time displaying your virtuous ‘anger’ to the world.

  5. Yasir (unregistered) on February 4th, 2006 @ 1:20 am

    I won’t go into the details about Taliban, but Anon, if you’re concerned about Pakistan, come over here and see for yourself. Stones are thrown here and there by no-so-considerate people, what is totally wrong is waging verbal/religious/cultural wars over such childish acts. What they say it’s about 3 R’s: respect for self, respect for others and responsiblity for all your actions. Where everyone of us is failing, is the point of concern.

  6. Asouza (unregistered) on February 4th, 2006 @ 8:56 am

    Who are you trying to fool Anon? Does it really take a rocket scientist to figure out ever since the Bombay Metroblogs opened every Pakistani Metroblog has been to a certain extent vandalized by you animals?

    Believe me Mr. Anon you are going to be caught I guarantee it; I suggest you do us all a favour and leave before we do track down your IP.

    Your talking about Afganistan? Who the hell cares about Afganistan what do they have to do with us? What happened in there country happened there…we have no control over that.

    Yeah and before pointing out problems in Pakistan look at india…a country which in the early 90s literally pulled every Muslim out onto the streets of Bombay and burned them to death! This is the same country which destoryed a 16th century Mosque over a rumour that a temple had been built there before; the results of the archeological dig conclude there was NEVER a temple. Then you have the Gujrat Massacre where you mudered even more Muslims for no reason whatsoever. And Muslims aren’t the only ones being targeted; you target Christians as well. Just yesterday I read a news article on BBC stating in Western India, Christians were being beat up as they were walking to church; this is the same country where Nuns are openly raped!

    You have the nerve to talk about Pakistan…look at your own country you monkey!

  7. Abbas Halai (unregistered) on February 4th, 2006 @ 10:35 pm

    Here is an archive of all images of Muhammad found dating back centuries beyond the current set of cartoons.

  8. luaces (unregistered) on February 6th, 2006 @ 8:59 pm

    Asouza chill ! Being so hateful towards Indians is just British indoctrination still at work in your colonized identity. The idea that you have such aggressive feelings towards people who speak, eat, look and laugh like you is a lot like hating yourself. Oh yeah but that is of course part and parcel of Imperialism isnt it? Destroy identity, divide and conquer. Sadly, these divisions have long outlasted British rule. As important as the subject of Kashmir is to many many ethnicities, Pakistan is in grave trouble because it doesnt look more closely at its own severe corruption and lack of social service to its own citizens. Asouza- concentrate less on the sport of hating Indians and more on rectifying things in Pakistan like disease, famine, imprisonment, torture……. Yes I am Muslim. Yes I am Pakistani. Yes I am Lahori.

  9. Dubai Crawler (unregistered) on February 8th, 2006 @ 3:59 pm

    ComeĆ³n ANON, be a brave guy, dont be P***y, reveal you ID and then make comments

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