In recent news, there have two events that I feel are intricately linked. One occurred in Sweden and the other in the United States.
MUHAMMAD CARTOONIST DEFIANT AFTER ATTACK
THIEVES TAKE CONTROVERSIAL MOJAVE DESERT CROSS
The Swedish cartoonist, who had drawn Muhammad as a dog, was attacked as he began a university lecture on free speech, by a group of presumably Muslim young men. Islam considers any image of Muhammad to be an insult.
In California, thieves, possibly with a motive prompted by the recent SCOTUS ruling, stole the Veterans memorial cross in the Mojave National Preserve. Despite a $25,000 rewards, the cross has not been recovered nor have the thieves been apprehended.
(The thread photo is not of the stolen cross.)
Much of Europe is struggling with Muslim immigrants and several nations have passed or are considering laws to restrict their behavior in public, such as France’s and Finland’s (?) proposed ban on burkas in public.
In the United States, Judeo – Christian symbolism has been used on public buildings since the beginning of the nation. Recent SCOTUS rulings allow said symbolism that it of a historical nature. The cross (or it’s replacement) have been on that site for over 75 years.
To me, no one should ever be condemned or attacked for practicing free speech and no one has the right to steal property, regardless of the motivation.
Both situations anger me greatly.
“Tolerance implies no lack of commitment to one’s own beliefs.” – JFK
What are your thoughts?
William Stephenson Clark