Austin^13 wrote: what is every1 fighting for... whats that thing everybody is supposed to have... freedom of speech? if a cartoonist cant draw a picture because of its content does that mean this is the end of free speech or is it just muslims who are allowed free speech?
I heard on the news today that an islamic guy got arrested for looking like and pretending to be a suicide bomber.
Now I don't condone his actions. He must have scared the shit out of a lot of people. But his argument was that free speech is all well and good - but there have to be controls.
What he was doing was no different to what the cartoons did to the islamic people, ie provoke a strong negative emotional reaction.
He did what he did to get his point across - and to be honest its a fair point.
Secondly I don't think it is right to generalise on Islamic intentions. I seriously doubt the people who have a problem with the cartoons are the same people who deny the existence of the Holocaust.
The latter are a tiny percentage of the former. Just because the idiotic Iranian president says something controversial, doesn't mean all Muslims should be cast under his umbrella.
I agree that rioting because of this cartoon is ridiculous, but I also think that there is a small group of extremists who are the protagonists. I would guess of a similar type who caused the furore over the Salman Rushdie novel, The Satanic Verses.