BUT FIRST, THIS:
In Malaysia, an interesting dispute about religious conversion is making the news.
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I have zero talent drawing things. But I admire good, provocative political cartoonists such as Lee Judge, who draws for my newspaer, The Kansas City Star. (The cartoon shown here is by Thomas Nast, one of the pioneers in this field.)
Today I'll be brief so I can link you to a blog about the relationship between edgy political cartoons and religion. Daryl Cagle of msnbc.com runs the Politicalcartoons.com Newsletter, and his Jan. 7 blog entry (you may have to scroll down to find it) discussed the way in which some Muslims have reacted to cartoons depicting the Prophet Muhammad or other matters related to their faith.
I suppose blasphemy is in the eye of the beholder and I'm sure it's easy to offend people who believe the cartoonist is showing disrepect or even hatred of something or someone they consider sacred. But I also sometimes wonder whether people of faith aren't sometimes too sensitive about fair comment and criticism. I know that's true among some folks in my faith community, Protestant Christianity.
Anyway, take a look at what Cagle has to say and tell me where you think the line of taste should be drawn. And to help you think about it from a Muslim perspective, here's an Arab News piece about Muslim anger over cartoons published by a Norwegian magazine.
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