NON-PROPHET CARTOONS: ISLAM vs. THE WEST
What once was America’s War on Terror is fast becoming Europe’s War on Cultural Intolerance. It is one thing for Bush to announce democracy’s extension into the Middle East as an expression of Western ideals—freedom, liberty, tolerance, ad nausea, ad infinitum—as a guise to buttress cheap oil prices and to further addict the world to the petrol-DOLLAR . . . it is quite another thing for Europe to rally its indifference, mediocrity and effete cultural pride to assail the Islamic hoards who, like the barbarians vs. the Roman Empire, now threaten to bring Europe to its effeminate knees and end her much-vaunted openness and age of tolerance!
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By Doug Krieger
In the Name of Allah vs. In the Name of Liberty
The West—specifically, the European West—stands aghast at Islam’s violent reaction to its comedic caricature of the Prophet and ponders: Shall we who enshrine our sacred rights to human expression suffer these cultural indignities and blatant intimidations designed to ultimately extinguish “our rights?” This is outrageous and morally repugnant to cower before a medieval culture that treats women, religious minorities and all things “civilized” with intolerance. Alas! Let us speak out in vehement solidarity against this “Scourge of Green” which seeks to smother some 500-years of Enlightenment!
Reaction to the West’s Renaissance, Reformation, Enlightenment, and social revolutions which gave birth to Democracy-Capitalism, Socialism and even Communism—yea, to the “absolute profane” of SECULARISM, where the triumph of the individual and of the “rights of man” are worshipped with such unwavering adulation—have now collided with Islam’s sacred honor in a crescendo of religio-philosophical disparity that not only refuses to go away, but is exploited by both the Axis of Evil (Syria and Iran), as well as welcomed (by Bush and the Neo-con all-out war throng).
As implacable a foe as the New World’s citadel of American Christian fundamentalism is to Islam, even so, is the “Religion of Secular-Humanism” found in Western Europe as much, or more, an enemy to Islam. Indeed, the “righteous indignation” found throughout the Western European media in response to the desecration of her embassies and trade throughout the Islamic World, because of these cartoons, goes beyond a wakeup call for European secularism.
What could not be understood by the effete secularists of Western Europe—viz. the absolutism and moralisms of American rhetoric following 9/11 (“This crusade, this war on terrorism is gonna take awhile.” – “We're going to find those who -- those evil-doers, those barbaric people . . .”