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Don't Miss The Point

Underneath the guise of freedom of expression, and purported values such as equality, tolerance, and all that is civil, Norway and Denmark hide from a truth that is obvious to the vast majority of Muslims around the world: these North European states are inhabited by people with strong prejudices against Muslims, and I would even dare to say, all colored peoples as well.

The issue of these cartoons is not one of merely freedom of expression. I am certain that if those newspapers depicted Moses as a money-hungry conspirator bent on global domination, the Jewish community would rise fast and fierce against such a blatantly racist statement. In addition, it would bring up memories of the holocaust, and raise that question the world knows too well; did the Jews not suffer enough?

Well it seems then that the issue for the West is that the Muslims have not suffered enough. For Norway and Denmark in particular, propagating and inciting hatred against Muslims, without being condemned, means that hating Muslims is ok. To be absolutely clear, in those Northern European states, Jew-bashing is a major taboo, gay-bashing is a major taboo, and explicit color bashing is a major taboo.

Dear Mr. Ghoma, this is not about freedom of speech, nor about making a statement for some goal of displaying power to America or bigger powers, nor is it about having nothing better to do. This is about sending a clear message, that we do not tolerate undue hatred against us. This also poses an important question to the leaderships of Denmark and Norway: Are they truly against crimes of hate? Or are they, as many already suspect, bigots who are trying to play a political game of rights and wrongs?

If prejudice is not a worthy cause to fight against, I don't know what is. And worse, to take the side of prejudice is disgusting.

A. A. Omar


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