Trevor Loudon's New Zeal blog has moved to

TrevorLoudon.com

redirecting you there now

Saturday, February 11, 2006

Heather Roy on 'Those' Cartoons

ACT MP Heather Roy has an interesting piece in her latest "Heather Roy's Diary" on how the Muhammed cartoon furore was sparked and some local reactions.

In September last year Denmark’s biggest-selling daily newspaper, Jyllands-Posten, printed twelve cartoons of the prophet Muhammed in various poses. The newspaper’s stated issue was self censorship; a Danish author had written a children’s book on the life of Muhammed but was unable to find an illustrator.

Most Muslims believe it is offensive to depict the Prophet and the artists feared retribution from Muslim zealots. The fact that the artists were imposing censorship on themselves because of fear, worried the Jyllands-Posten who asked 40 Danish arists to submit a likeness. Only twelve responded and those were the cartoons that were published. They were of variable quality and some were offensive.

Given that most Westerners have never heard of Jyllands-Posten and very few speak Danish the matter would have been quickly forgotten had it not been for an hystrical reaction in Muslim countries. The Danish embassy was burned down in Lebanon and in Afghanistan a British Army contingent had to go to the aid of a beseiged Nordic Unit. As usual there have been anti-American riots although the USA is not involved.


Closer to home, Heather Roy finds our great leaders reaction disturbing.

As a result the cartoons have been big news and many papers including The Dominion Post and The Press have reproduced them.

Helen Cark’s response has been to say that she believes in “free speech but……” Readers may recall Helen Clark’s vitriolic attacks on the Exclusive Bretheren at election time when she declared them a “weird cult”. Labour Minister David Parker likened them to the Taliban. Quite why it is OK to make very disparaging comments about a small group of law abiding, tax paying citizens who may have different religious beliefs to most New Zealanders but not about a huge religion when there might be trade implications is not clear.

While the Prime Minister preaches tolerance she practices selective tolerance. The controversy surrounding the cartoons is an issue of “Freedom of Speech” but to have real freedom of speech there must be no conditions beyond the bounds of the law – equality before the law. Information should be readily available so that each of us can form our own opinions.


But to have real freedom of speech there must be no conditions beyond the bounds of the law.

7 Comments:

Blogger PaedsRN said...

Hi. Just to let you know, New Zeal has been added to a list of NZ blog links at longwhitecloud.org.nz.

Cheers,

Rich.

7:44 PM  
Blogger Jesus Crux said...

doesn't make sense, badly worded sentence

10:39 PM  
Blogger libertyscott said...

Even the bounds of the law are a problem - you surely wouldn't maintain a prohibition on Cigar Aficianado magazine?

3:19 AM  
Blogger Trevor Loudon said...

I thought that might get a bite Scott. In my view the only legal restraint on free speech, should be defamation, incitement to voilence etc.

4:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Muslim protests weren’t over Mohammed being labeled as a terrorist. They were protesting because a picture of Mohammed was drawn. They were angry because they were told to be angry at things like that throughout their lives. They have a medieval mentality that puts blind obedience ahead of logic and ethics. Many Muslims think the Koran is right because the Koran says the Koran is right. They get offended without having strong enough reasons to be offended. The reason they gave for finding the comics offensive was that it encourages “idol worship”. I somehow doubt the comic images will be worshiped.

Recent history has shown that many Muslims can’t bring justice without creating bigger injustices. The 11/9 attacks, London bombings, Bali bombings, suicide bombings in Israel and the Madrid bombings had political motives but killed mostly innocent civilians. Now Iran has punished an entire country with trade embargos for an action committed by a small handful of people from the news media.

This mentality is also shown by Muslims in NZ. In 2004, Craccum had a cover with a photo of a woman in a purdah showing some leg (shock horror!). Some Muslim thought that putting graffiti on the wall of the General Library somehow punished the editors of Craccum.

Not only do Muslims find it difficult to direct justice, they have trouble coming up with the appropriate magnitude of a response. In Britain there were placards that said “Behead those who insult Islam”. In the civilised world, people who respond to insults with murder are deemed psychopaths and are locked up in psychiatric wards for treatment and to keep the general public safe. When civilised people are insulted, they either inform the insulter why they find their action/statement insulting or they ignore and forgive them.

Muslims should be trying to fix their own broken societies rather bullying Westerners into submission. Ending torture and introducing democracy, press freedom and human rights would be a good start. Qatar is quickly heading in that direction and it would be great if the rest of the Islamic world went that way too.

Many people have been saying slogans like ‘free speech shouldn’t apply to things that insult a certain religion’. Most of these people are cowards who are focusing on criticising the lesser evil because it doesn’t threaten to kill them like many Muslims do. Others are saying it to ward off trade embargos on NZ products. The comics may have been mildly unethical but the Muslim reaction to them has been abhorrent.

4:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

劈腿 劈腿測驗劈腿剖析劈腿調查 劈腿大剖析 外遇捉姦 徵信社 通姦 通姦罪 抓猴 捉猴 外遇 外遇剖析 外遇調查 外遇案例 外遇諮詢 偷情 第三者外遇話題 外遇發洩 感情挽回 徵信社 外遇心態 外遇 通姦 通姦罪 徵信徵信社偵探外遇 外遇 抓姦徵信協會徵信公司 外遇 徵信 包二奶 跟蹤 監控 夫妻 徵信社 徵信 徵信社 大愛徵信 離婚 抓姦 離婚 抓姦 婚姻 婚前徵信 前科 查址 個人資料 外遇 第三者 徵信社 偵探社 抓姦 外遇 離婚 通姦 偵探社
偵探

5:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

徵信社 徵信社徵信社 徵信社徵信社 徵信社徵信社 徵信社徵信社 徵信社徵信社 徵信社徵信社徵信社徵信社徵信社徵信社
徵信社徵信社徵信社徵信社徵信社徵信社徵信社 徵信社徵信社 徵信社徵信社 徵信 徵信徵信 徵信徵信徵信徵信 徵信
徵信 徵信 徵信 徵信徵信 徵信 徵信 徵信徵信 徵信 徵信 徵信徵信 徵信 徵信 徵信徵信 徵信 徵信 徵信徵信 徵信 徵信 徵信徵信 徵信 外遇 外遇外遇 外遇外遇 外遇 外遇 外遇外遇 外遇 外遇 外遇外遇 外遇問題 外遇問題 外遇問題
外遇問題 外遇問題 外遇問題 外遇問題 外遇問題 外遇問題外遇蒐證 通姦 通姦 通姦通姦 通姦通姦 通姦 通姦 通姦 通姦通姦 劈腿 劈腿 劈腿劈腿 劈腿 劈腿 找人找人尋人 尋人 尋人尋人 尋人 尋人尋人 尋人 尋人尋人 尋人 尋人
尋人 尋人 尋人尋人 尋人 尋人尋人 尋人 尋人工商調查 工商調查 工商調查商業調查抓姦 抓姦 抓姦抓姦抓姦 抓姦抓姦 抓姦 抓姦 抓姦抓姦 抓姦 抓姦抓猴 抓猴 抓猴 抓猴 捉猴 捉猴 捉猴
捉猴 捉猴 捉姦 捉姦 捉姦 捉姦捉姦捉姦 捉姦 捉姦 捉姦 捉姦 捉姦
捉姦 家庭暴力婚外情 婚外情 婚外情 婚外情 婚外情 婚外情 婚外情 婚外情婚外情 婚外情 婚外情 婚外情第三者偵探 偵探 偵探 偵探 偵探偵探 偵探 偵探 偵探 偵探 偵探偵探 偵探 偵探偵探社 偵探社 偵探社 偵探社 偵探社 偵探社 偵探社 偵探社 偵探社 偵探社 偵探社 偵探社 偵探社 偵探社 偵探社 偵探社 私家偵探 私家偵探 私家偵探 私家偵探 私家偵探 私家偵探 私家偵探 私家偵探 私家偵探 私家偵探 私家偵探 私家偵探私家偵探 私家偵探
私家偵探 私家偵探 私家偵探 私家偵探 私家偵探 私家偵探 私家偵探 私家偵探私家偵探 私家偵探 私家偵探 私家偵探
私家偵探 私家偵探 私家偵探 包二奶 包二奶包二奶 包二奶 包二奶 包二奶 包二奶 大陸包二奶 大陸包二奶 大陸包二奶 大陸包二奶 大陸包二奶大陸包二奶 大陸包二奶 大陸包二奶 大陸包二奶 大陸包二奶 感情挽回 感情挽回 感情挽回 感情挽回 感情挽回 感情挽回 感情挽回 感情挽回 感情挽回 婚姻挽回 婚姻挽回 婚姻挽回
婚姻挽回 婚姻挽回 婚姻挽回 婚姻挽回 婚姻挽回 婚姻挽回 婚姻挽回 婚姻挽回 婚姻 婚姻 婚姻 婚姻
婚姻 婚姻 離婚 離婚 離婚 離婚 離婚 離婚 離婚證人 離婚證人離婚證人離婚證人 離婚證人
徵信公司徵信公司 徵信公司徵信公司 徵信公司徵信公司 徵信公司徵信公司 徵信公司徵信公司 徵信公司徵信公司 徵信公司徵信公司 徵信公司徵信公司 徵信公會
徵信公會 徵信公會 徵信公會徵信公會 徵信公會徵信公會 徵信公會徵信公會 婚前徵信婚前徵信 婚前徵信 婚前徵信 婚前徵信婚前徵信 婚前徵信婚前徵信 婚前徵信婚前徵信 婚前徵信 婚前徵信 婚前徵信 婚前徵信工商徵信 工商徵信工商徵信 工商徵信 工商徵信 工商徵信工商徵信 工商徵信 工商徵信 工商徵信工商徵信 工商徵信商業徵信 商業徵信 商業徵信 商業徵信
商業徵信 商業徵信 商業徵信 商業徵信商業徵信 商業徵信商業徵信 商業徵信 商業徵信 商業徵信商業徵信 商業徵信商業徵信 徵信服務 徵信服務
徵信服務 徵信服務 徵信服務 徵信服務 徵信服務 徵信服務 徵信服務 徵信服務 徵信服務 徵信服務 徵信業 徵信業 徵信業

3:58 PM  

Post a Comment

Subscribe to Post Comments [Atom]

Links to this post:

Create a Link

<< Home