August 27, 2007

Free Opus

The Washington Post Writers Group is not distributing two comics drawn by Berkeley Breathed, for fear of offending Muslims. I call B.S. on that. Read the comics for yourself here.

Islam is at least as vulnerable to being lampooned for its looney beliefs and mocked for the bizarre behavior it inspires in its followers as any other religion. Had Brathed drawn a cominc in which his character converted to evangelical Christianity rather than radical Islamism, it seems doubtful to me that the WaPo Writers would have self-censored the way they did here.

Come to think of it, had the character converted to evangelical Christianity, the setup of her characterizations of her own actions, and the punchline, would have been more or less the same. It just would have been a different group of people being offended by it.

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