Cartoons as Emotional Torture and Intellectual Terrorism
Intellectual Terrorism (Milli Gazette)
By Dr. Aslam Abdullah
The detestable cartoon portrayals of Muhammad, Prophet of Islam (peace be upon him) by Danish and later by Norwegian, French, German and many other European newspapers is nothing less than emotional torture and intellectual terrorism.
Uh, no. To equate the publication of mostly innocuous cartoons to torture and terrorism is beyond disingenuous and crosses over into the realm of asinine stupidity. A cartoon is not equal to a beheading or a hijacked plane flying into a building. It’s a cartoon.
In universities, European and American journalists are often taught that freedom of speech ends where the sensitivities of people begin. Seemingly, they have failed to implement this most ethical and moral lesson. A newspaper, whether Danish or Portuguese, that indulges in opinionated reporting by making fun of a major religious figure revered by a global community is an exercise in emotional torture.
I hope to God that this isn’t what is being taught in any university on the planet. Abdullah seems to think that my rights end at the point where his feelings get hurt, an idea which of course negates freedom of speech and subjugates it to the most easily offended. (note: freedom is good, subjugation is bad)
If this is the most enlightened argument Muslim intellectuals can come up with, we’re in for a bumpy ride.