2 people commented on "OK to offend Muslims, not USA

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Shaun
Submitted on 27 September 2006 at 8:14 pm

The difference? Muslims rioted violently, Americans verbally dissapproved – freedom of speach allows that.

How is it “racist” to make fun of muslims, anyway?

Jim Ingalls
Submitted on 28 September 2006 at 1:24 pm

The false idea that most Muslims are extremists willing to kill for their beliefs is promoted by the cartoons, but this was not the typical Muslim response to the cartoons. Very few of the demonstrations against the cartoons were violent; most were peaceful exercises of free speech.

When Western Europeans make fun of Muslims, who are primarily not Western European, the lampooning implies the inferiority of Muslim culture and people and the superiority of Western European culture and people. To me, this is indistinguishable from common racism.

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