‘They want to know whether Muslims are extremists or not. Death to them and to their newspapers.’… Read the rest
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It is snobbish and improbable to assume that complex art is appreciated only by the upper class.… Read the rest
One thing that occurs to me about this cartoon spat…is that I’ve never actually much liked political cartoons, and this underlines why. I suppose, if I’m going to be completely honest (and I suppose I have to be, don’t I, since I’m always yapping about it), I have to admit that in this sense I may be able to see some point in what the “no need to be offensive” crowd are saying. Only some, mind you, and without all their horrible pious drivel about religious beliefs. I like some political cartoons, the kind that rely on extended strips with plenty of words, like Garry Trudeau’s or Jules Feiffer’s or Marjane Satrapi’s. But the one-panel ones that rely heavily on … Read the rest
Skeptico is observing its first birthday with a teasing post in a satirical (but not mocking, or offensive, or disrespectful, or blasphemous, nononono) vein. Views on why the poultry traversed the highway, in the style of various people – James Randi, our dear friend Sylvia Browne, Deepak Chopra, Prince Chuck, and many more. I’m there, being predictable as usual. [curtsies politely]… Read the rest
Well here’s a new wrinkle. Here’s a new outpost of the global war on secularism and rational thought. Here’s a new battalion of God’s Holy Warriors, a new incursion by the ambassadors of theocracy. Barely post-pubescent White House hacks with shiny new journalism degrees and whole months of experience working on political campaigns, explaining cosmology to the benighted people at NASA and telling them what to say – and that’s just one example.
A week after NASA’s top climate scientist complained that the space agency’s public-affairs office was trying to silence his statements on global warming, the agency’s administrator, Michael D. Griffin, issued a sharply worded statement yesterday calling for “scientific openness” throughout the agency. “It is not the
Young party hack orders NASA to teach religion – what’s the problem?… Read the rest
‘It is not the job of public affairs officers to alter, filter or adjust engineering or scientific material produced by NASA’s technical staff.’… Read the rest
For instance, to add the word ‘theory’ after every mention of the Big Bang.… Read the rest
Many teachers think so; others think A-Levels help all students to succeed. At what?… Read the rest
Censorship in the West bolsters the moral authority of leaders in the Middle East to censor their own citizens.… Read the rest
‘Muslims of the world be reasonable,’ wrote Mr Momani, so no wonder he got busted.… Read the rest
More. It keeps getting worse and worse and worse, as more people drop to the ground and display their pale soft bellies beseechingly, all the while crooning melodic horseshit about their profound respect for free speech as long as no one ever actually uses it for anything.
The Guardian believes uncompromisingly in freedom of expression, but not in any duty to gratuitously offend…To directly associate the founder of one of the world’s three great monotheistic religions with terrorist violence – the unmistakable meaning of the most explicit of these cartoons – is wrong, even if the intention was satirical rather than blasphemous.
Freedom of expression, huh huh huh, but don’t go gratuitously offending now. Don’t offend unless … Read the rest
Condemn threats and violence as a way to silence criticism and satire.… Read the rest
It allows people to create their own definition of respect and require us to observe it.… Read the rest
Unashamed, noisy, public solidarity, lest the forces trying to impose a totalitarian ideology win.… Read the rest
Against teasing ‘the founder of one of the world’s three great monotheistic religions.’… Read the rest
One thing to assert the right to publish, another thing to put that right to the test. Oh.… Read the rest
No one could seriously claim to recognise the Prophet in images drawn by Danish cartoonists.… Read the rest
Vatican says right to freedom of expression does not imply right to offend religious beliefs.… Read the rest
Back to the real world, where cartoons ‘are’ representations of Mohammed – some depressing oxymoronism from Jack Straw. Of course we respect free speech, but you can’t say that; of course everyone has a right to free speech, but no one can insult religion. Well which is it, bub? It ain’t both! I’m not a free speech absolutist, as I’ve said many times, but this idea that free speech is okay as long as it doesn’t offend anyone is sheer jam tomorrow. If we can’t say anything that might offend someone, our speech is pretty damn restricted, isn’t it!
Speaking after talks with the Sudanese foreign minister, Mr Straw said: “There is freedom of speech, we all respect that.