SInce I am on this topic, here is what the US is urging the Muslims – which I totally agree with!! Something that the quote in my last post also conveyed but in an Indian context.
“We would also urge people who are criticizing these cartoons to speak out forcefully against all forms of hate speech, including cartoons and articles throughout parts of the Arab world, which frequently espouse anti-Semitic and anti-Christian views,” McClellan told reporters.
The offending caricatures, which included depictions of the Muslim prophet as a knife-wielding bedouin and wearing a time bomb-shaped turban, have sparked widespread protests across the Muslim world.
“We understand fully why people, why Muslims, find the cartoons offensive, and we’ve spoken out about that. We’ve also spoken out about the importance of the right of people to express their views, and freedom of speech in society,” said McClellan.
“But there also comes responsibilities with that, and it’s important that there be tolerance and respect for people from all communities and of all religious faiths,” the spokesman said.
“Those who disagree with the views that were expressed certainly have the right to condemn them, but they should be peaceful,” he said. “There should be a constructive and peaceful dialogue that emphasizes respect for all religious faiths.”
I think it is time that the bluff of intolerance globally is called.
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