Thursday, February 09, 2006

I wanna riot too?

Four people (so far) have died in Afghanistan due to the riots/protests going on over the twelve cartoons published in a Denmark newspaper. The cartoons have been called 'racist' and an affront to the Islamic religion (of course, if Islam is an international faith, I'm not sure how it can be considered 'racist,' but hey, what the hell do I know?).
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Here's where the disconnect happens. Remember The Last Temptation of Christ, or Dogma? The letter campeigns, editorials and occational peaceful protest went away fairly quickly, and they're a but a footnote in history, labled with "watch as your own perril" or completely denounced by most Christian groups. Where were the riots? Where were the riots? Of course, there were decrees that the movie was an affront to Christianity, and a slap in the face to tghe faithful, but where was the part where everybody cared as much as the world seems to care about the hurt feelings of Mulims?

For that matter, how come no one was killed when the Steelers won the Superbowl? There were some firecrackers, the obligatory banging on pots and pans, and that one guy who got icewater dumped all over him, but property damage was largely relegated to one burning couch and a few knocked over garbage cans. And there's ALWAYS a couch on fire in Oakland somewhere, so it's not like this is a new occourance. In other places, people get killed when the local team wins the Superbowl or a Cup game of some kind.

Maybe we just dont care as much as everybody else. Maybe we're missing that passion that lets us act on our beliefs. We might whine and piss and moan when we don't get our way, but at the end of the day, everybody gets in their car and goes home, instead of going home in a body bag.

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