To 'toon or not to 'toon?
The Western Standard is publishing THE cartoons this week. My thoughts are below. What are yours? Why?
As a Canadian when I see something that offends my views, I am perfectly within my rights to protest, wave placards, blog madly, boycott cheese, write letters, organize politically, creatively counter the arguments, launch my own newspaper, etc. There are thousands of peaceful outlets for my outrage.
I am not, however, permitted to firebomb property, murder, loot, and generally rampage around.
People haven't died because of some stick figures. They've died because fundamentalists in the Middle East haven't figured out how to peacefully get their point across.
For all our sakes, I hope they learn this soon because there is nothing wrong with shining a light on our own views and those of others.
And if you feel the need to kill someone for having a different opinion - even if it hurts your feelings - you might not be ready for the give and take of a modern, liberal democracy.
Last thought - Canadian Bible Literalists (aka Fundamentalist Christians) weren't seen firebombing Warren Kinsella's house when he insulted them by hauling out a dinosaur on national TV. How is this different?