Strike a blow for free speech, eat a butter cookie!
My father was born in Denmark and my mom has some Danish blood so I'm over 50% Danish. So far in life that has mostly resulted in my feeling sympathy for Kierkegaard and his philosophies and buying the doman name Gloomy-Dane.
Now, however, this controversy arising regarding the cartoons and Islam causes me to declare solidarity with the Danish people. So far I've only eaten a lot of butter cookies and placed a Danish flag on my sidebar, but soon I'll take some more positive action. If I can think of something that allows me to stay on my couch, at least.
One thing that doesn't seem to be getting a lot of airtime is that the protest over the cartoons didn't really ignite due to them. The Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten when it published the cartoons upset local Islamic Imans in Denmark but they weren't able to raise any International reaction.
However when the Imans sent a delegation to the Middle East with a portfolio containing the cartoons in question --but also of unpublished cartoons mostly received in letters and Emails-- they did get action. According to a 60 Minutes report, the Imans represented the unpublished and quite hateful cartoons as having been published in Danish newspapers. While false, that allegation resulted in the formation of the world wide protest we've since witnessed. (some of this is addressed in an article on Wiki if you want to read it)
Personally, it strikes me that Jyllands-Posten was being juvenile in initially publishing the 12 cartoons but the violent Islamic protests only solidify the allegations that are made in the cartoons. The real losers here are normal people of the Islamic faith. Denmark has gotten a lot of publicity of a positive nature, the 3% minority of Islamics in Denmark has had their circumstances broadcast to the world, and the Imans of Denmark realized their goal as well. Only the everyday people of Islamic faith really have been hurt in the long term. Shame, isn't it?
In case you're curious what this is, it's the coat of arms of the Danish royal family. It kinda makes you wish we had something like that here in the USA but no doubt the Bush coat of arms would just be dollar signs. No fun in that!
Speaking of royal families, how long is it going to be before Jeb Bush takes his turn on the throne? He's been paying his dues down in Florida for a long time now.
Getting back to Denmark, if you've not seen the cartoons yet, here's a blog post by Michelle Malkin, a conservative but beautiful Journalist, that contains all of them. Her March 3rd post also interests me since it relates to the terrorist incident this past week at UNC, where I work.
Mohammed Reza Taheriazar drove a rented SUV that plowed into a group of college students at UNC-Chapel Hill on Friday, March 3rd and told police it was retribution for the treatment of Muslims around the world.
Some scary people out there--even here in rural North Carolina!