There’s a big stink over the publishing of cartoons in Denmark showing Muhammed/Mohammed, who’s some prophet or something. I guess you’re not supposed to draw him. Protestors even set fire to a Danish embassy over this.
Two things. 1) These cartoons aren’t even funny. Oh look, his turban looks like a bomb! Hilarious! And now I’ve “published” the cartoon too. Does that mean they’ll burn their computers if they see this? Because that’d be neat.
2) This is another example of religion being retarded. I think religion is fine if it’s not pushed upon others and doesn’t cause harm to others. People can have their beliefs, no matter how irrational, in the comfort of their homes. But when people burn down buildings (or crash into them with airplanes) because of some stupid arbitrary law of their religion, that’s not cool. If you believe the cartoonist is going to hell (or wherever), then isn’t that his problem? How is burning down his country’s embassy going to help anything?
I have beliefs. I think people should put toilet paper in the holder so that it hangs over the top, not the other way where it comes out from the back. But if I heard that my neighbour was doing it the wrong way, I wouldn’t go burn his house down. He has his own reasons for believing what he does, and it doesn’t affect me.
Even if he published pictures of his crazy toilet paper, I could choose not to look at them. But maybe that’s taking the metaphor too far.
Anyway, this is another example of human nature gone stupid. It makes me long for the day when artificial intelligence takes over the world.
More on that later.
Edit: This just in: apparently this has gotten even more out of control. Large protests have erupted, resulting in some deaths. All over a cartoon. This is tragic, but I couldn’t help but laugh at the headline below. It brings to mind images of the Smurfs waging war on the Carebears with big cartoon hammers.