Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Patrick J. Buchanan on Muhammad Cartoons

"If you wish to get along with a man, you do not insult his faith," he wrote in 2006 — Cultural Warmongers. "And if you seek to persuade devout Muslims that al-Qaeda is our enemy, not Islam, you do not condone with silence insults to the faith of a billion people.... This is what makes the Mohammed cartoons so stupid and self-destructive."

"As one explores the arguments of the provocateurs in the West for what they are doing," he goes on to say, "on inspection all appear hollow. 'We believe in the First Amendment!' comes the blustery reply of journalists when asked why they published the cartoons." Mr. Buchanan counters, "Daily, U.S. editors decline to publish ethnic slurs and obscene remarks and cartoons that might offend a race or religion. This is not censorship. It is editorial judgment."

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Anonymous love the girls said...

"And if you seek to persuade devout Muslims that al-Qaeda is our enemy, not Islam"

But. But what if Islam is our enemy?

And what if my favorite pastry is the croissant just because every time I eat one I'm celebrating our victory over Islam at Lepanto?


Those inside the beltway want to get along with them. I don't want to get along with them, I want to kick them out of the U.S. and send them across the pond before they and their multiculturalist enablers do to us what they've done to Great Britain.

6:33 AM  
Blogger Robert said...

It's editorial judgment if the decision is being made due to consideration and good taste.

It's gangster-style coercion if the decision is being made due to threats of violence.

And Buchanan, of all people, should know better.

7:01 AM  
Anonymous Steven P. Cornett said...

I have to agree with Pat Buchanan on this one. One of the efforts to intentionally honk-off Muslims is even being promoted on a Catholic News website, of all things. Culture War Notes, one of three websites owned by the same person (along with Pewsitter.com and NewAdvent.org), was promoting "Draw Mohammed Day."

Another group on Facebook is promoting something called "boobquake", where women are asked to wear...not much...in the name of poking the eye of Islam by not having anything happen that day. The thing about that is that since, in their framework, nature is indifferent to sexual provocation (not exactly true, of course, but even so) they get to poke the eye of the mullahs for free. Never mind the unnecessary temptation and provocation to sin; that's the point.

The more I think about it, the more I think the proclaimed epistle reading of the Third Sunday After Easter in the extraordinary form should guide us in this sort of thing:

for so is the will of God, that by doing well you may put to silence the ignorance of foolish men: as free, and not as making liberty a cloak for malice, but as the servants of God.
[1 Peter 2:15-16]

We may like to insult another's faith, but we should rather get people to recognize Christ Jesus and His Church.

9:48 AM  
Anonymous love the girls said...

One of Pope Benedict's first public acts was to shove it into their faces by precisely explaining the nature of Islam. A far different approach than kissing their Koran.

Boobquake, besides be hilarius, is good because it helps people recognize that Islam is dangerous.

11:56 AM  
Blogger The Western Confucian said...

Pope Ratzinger's approach was intellectual; the Danish cartoonists' was on the level of Piss Christ.

The Regensberg Address received an intellectual response, along with the expected media-fueled rage, and garnerned much more than any Korean-kissing ever did -- A Common Word:

"Never before have Muslims delivered this kind of definitive consensus statement on Christianity. Rather than engage in polemic, the signatories have adopted the traditional and mainstream Islamic position of respecting the Christian scripture and calling Christians to be more, not less, faithful to it."

4:21 PM  
Anonymous Steven P. Cornett said...

Re; Western,

It infuriated the Western media, perhaps, because it also expressed the dangers of secularist unreason as much as the danger of Islamic rage.

That's likely why the BBC took that one line raw and bleeding out of the address and, I think, maliciously caused a global riot with it.

Pope Benedict's approach to Islam in the Regensberg speech, I think, is still an example of the right way of going about addressing the danger of that false religion initiated by that false prophet Mohammed.

7:41 PM  
Anonymous Alphonsus said...

"Korean-kissing"? A Freudian typo, perhaps? ;)

10:14 PM  
Anonymous love the girls said...

Western confucian writes : "Pope Ratzinger's approach was intellectual; the Danish cartoonists' was on the level of Piss Christ."

I doubt there's sufficient common ground to even compare a sacrilege with the cartoon caricature of a man well deserving of hell. When a follower of any cult is holding a gun to your head it may be prudent to not inform of how vicious his religion is, but the reason for doing so has nothing to do with respect of that religion.

11:16 PM  

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