Tag Archives: Prophet Muhammad

Facebook Banned In Pakistan

The contest began as a harmless response to government bans on showing the South Park episode that involved the Prophet Muhammad. Some Pakistani young people began a contest on Facebook in which participants were asked to provide sketches of the Prophet Muhammad. Most Muslim nations forbid visual images of Muhammad due to a line or so in the Koran. There is scant evidence young people were attempting to be disrespectful, they simply wanted some sketches, and one would assume they sought sketches that were positive, not negative.

I confess that religions and the numerous “don’ts” associated with them confuse me. I never did figure out why Judaism forbids having meat and milk at the same meal. I assume God does not mix and match dairy and meat products. I assume there is a line which makes a reference, and over the centuries religious zealots have interpreted the law to mean no sketches. I wonder how Muhammad would react to modern media. I doubt if that is mentioned in the Koran.

Malaysia Blasts Cartoons–Again?

If any newspaper in the non-Muslim world prints cartoons or stories which depict the Prophet Muhammad in an unfavorable light, it is a guarantee several foreign ministers will send protests to governments in which these newspapers are located. Malaysian Foreign Minister Anifah Aman demanded the Swedish government should take action against the “reprinting of the caricature of Prophet Muhammad by three Swedish newspapers.” He accused the press of “irresponsible” acts that tend to disregard the feelings of Muslims.

Fair enough. How about protests from Muslim leaders to Muslim newspaper which depict Jews as evil and disregard the feelings of Jews. Oops, we only protest anti-Muslim acts, and believe strongly that Muslims can insult whichever religion they desire without offending anyone. To be insensitive may be a sin, but it is not illegal–at least in most nations.