Fanatics fume and fuse
Kofi Annan is a career bureaucrat working for a corrupt organization. And he’s no intellectual either. His comments regarding the recent hysteria by crazed Muslims is a good example of this.
Muslim fanatics believe that a fictional deity talked to a deranged Arab and created the only true religion in the world. In this sense they are not remarkable. The same delusion has been entertained by others.
Now these insane religionist believe that any illustration of their prophet, Mohammed, is a violation of their religion. So what? A world that tried to respect all the religious views of every nutcase would be a world where nothing would be allowed.
So these theological totalitarians are in an uproar over a Danish newspaper that published cartoons of their so-called prophet. One showed Mohammed with a turban that was bomb. They are outraged. One delusional imam of the Mosque of Paris said: “The prophet (sic) did not found a terrorist religion, but on the contrary a religion of peace.” To prove how peaceful Islam is a bunch of these nuts went on a rampage in the lobby of the building holding the Danish embassy in Jakarta.
Into this controversy the mental midget from the UN has inserted his feeble self. A UN spokesman announced that Annan “believes in the freedom of the press should always be exercised in a way that fully respects the religious beliefs and tenets of all religions.”
What nonsense. First of all it is impossible to even know all the beliefs and tenets of every single religion. And even if it were possible some new demented prophet will crop up with a new religion with new beliefs and tenents.
Second, why should religious beliefs warrant protection that all other beliefs lack? Religious beliefs are mere fantasies. Admittedly most people are too lazy to fantasize their own lies so they borrow them from some alleged prophet, messiah or god.
Consider the beliefs of people who are advocates of rational science. Should their beliefs be respected? Does that mean it is wrong to disagree with evolution and other scientific viewpoints? Or are rational beliefs subject to ridicule but irrational beliefs are not?
Third, even if were possible to know all the silly ideas of every religion, and even if irrational religious beliefs somehow deserve more respect than other beliefs, it is impossible to do what Annan suggests.
Here is why. And I will use a couple of Christian beliefs to illustrate my point. Catholics think Mary is the mother of a god. They also pray to Mary. That fantasy is very important to them. Calvinists believe that praying to Mary is a sin. One religious belief preaches you ought to pray to Mary. The other teaches you must not.
If the Catholic expresses his belief he offends the Calvinist. Admittedly Calvinists are perpetually offended on principle but you get my point. And if the Calvinist preaches his doctrine he offends the Catholics.
It is impossible to “fully respect the religious beliefs and tenets of all religions.” To respect one of them is to disrespect others. They hold contradictory values. There is no rational foundation for them so they are free to believe according to their whims, prejudices and ignorance. And they exercise that freedom to the maximum.
People think this is a conflict between Islam the West. It is most certainly not. It is a conflict between irrationality and reason. This conflict exists between Enlightenment Western values and all religions. The conflict varies from faith to faith but it is always there.
The good news is that the cartoons are now more widely published than ever. Not only were they printed in the Danish paper but a Norwegian paper followed suit soon after. Newspapers in France, Germany, Spain, Switzerland and Hungary have published them as well. And the BBC broadcast the cartoons as part of a report on the controversy. In New Zealand the Dominion Post said it would publish at least one of the cartoons. Even a publication in Jordan published them.
All the turban totalitarians have managed to do is give the cartoons a wider audience than every would have happened it they pretended to be civilized.
Muslim fanatics have launched a boycott of Danish goods. Hopefully they will also boycott goods from these other countries. And wouldn’t it be nice if the US, Canada, Australia, et al publish the cartoons as well. At some point the Muslims in the sad Islamic states will discover they can’t buy anything at all. And considering that other sand, oil and suicide bombers their nations produce absolutely nothing it will be interesting to watch them shop in their empty grocery stores.