"At least two dozen newspapers refused to run a cartoon last Sunday (the first of a two-part series) because it might offend Muslims; more newspapers are expected to censor the September 2 installment. The cartoon strip that was slated to run on August 26, Berkeley Breathed’s “Opus,” contained a sexually suggestive panel and poked fun at radical Islam. “Opus” is syndicated by the Washington Post Writers Group, which is led by Alan Shearer.
Shearer explained that “Whenever something lands close to the edge, we give editors enough notice” in case they choose to run something else. He checked with Islamic experts to see if the “Opus” strips might be a problem, and even though they said they weren’t, they were nixed anyway. Muslim staffers at the Washington Post were also asked for their input.
Catholic League president Bill Donohue commented as follows:
“The Washington Post, and all the other newspapers which refuse to print these cartoons, are simultaneously sporting their cowardice and bigotry. In 2006, this same newspaper portrayed the Sacred Heart of Jesus with the symbol of the Democratic Party, and it depicted the disgraced Congressman Mark Foley as a candidate for the priesthood at ‘Saint Paedophilia’s.’ In 2004, it displayed a bishop monitoring Catholics in a voting booth, and it showed a habit-wearing nun brandishing a ruler while ‘little Mel Gibson gets beaten to a bloody pulp by Sister Dolores Excruciata of the Little Sisters of the Holy Agony.’ In 2002, it depicted a bishop and two priests as the ‘Axis of Evil,’ and in 2001 it twice mocked the Eucharist. "
The only reason Jihadists commit terrorist acts is becasue they have it in their heads that terrorism works.
Well with the topic of Islam being a possible riot-starting embassy-burning, hot-potato combined with the press' overwhelming political correctness, it seems terrorism gets results.
Already in the UK people are under fire for putting "jihad" and "terrorism" in the same sentence.
But it's still ok to print offensive anti-Catholic editorials and cartoons. Why? Because they know Catholics won't blow you up over it. Deep down they know christianity is a religion of peace and Islam's claim to that phrase is, well, questionable. They see Catholicism as an easy target that won't fight back.
The only reason the papers pander to the jihadists is that jihadists are merely the bigger bully. Bullies are cowards by nature especially the papers in this case. I don't condone any cartoons whose purpose is to be offensive. But if it happens I'm not going to burn something in effigy over it. I'm just tired of the double-standard.
They make it seem they're being the nice guys not wanting to offend anyone. But the truth is since they have zero qualms about printing anti-Catholic cartoons, they just care about protecting their own butts.
Perhaps if the west decides to stand up for itself, ends the pandering, embraces and treasures its Judeo-christian roots, and fights back, the jihadists will know terrorism no longer profits.