Last night on the Michael Coren Show, David Menzies opened with a copy of Rolling Stone Magazine. The cover features Kanye West depicted as Jesus Christ and their feature article is "The Passion of Kanye West." There was a brief discussion on the hypocrisy in our media when it comes to freedom of speech and respecting religious beliefs.
That brings us to this post by Angry about the cartoon published in the Strand. The cartoon depicts Jesus and Mohammed kissing. Now I hear that the Strand receives public money.
There are two things to consider. First is the cartoon itself. The editor and cartoonist defend themselves by claiming that the cartoon is not an act of hate. After all, it's a picture of two men kissing (forget the fact that they are religious figures and one of them is God) so how could it be hateful? The idea that this picture is blasphemous to two different religious groups seems not to have occurred to anyone involved. I'd like to ask them if they even understand the concept of blasphemy and if so, do they honestly feel it stems from anything other than a black and bitter heart?
The second point is the fact that this university student paper received public money. In my opinion, it is one thing to freely express yourself in an offensive manner. It is quite another to do it on public money. My taxes are your paper's source of funding and, quite frankly if you are going to be a prick then I don't want you receiving so much as another dime of my money. I think there should be some sort of standard that these guys need to adhere to.
I am getting tired of hearing about these Mohammed cartoons in the news. The horse is dead; stop beating it. You media guys don't afford Christianity the same comforts or sheltering as you have for Muslims in the last few weeks and months. I wasn't alive the last time the world walked on eggshells for my belief and neither were any of you, your parents, your parent's parents and so on. Get over it already.
Don't be evil.