In solidarity with the freedom-loving Danes -- buy Danish! -- Baby helps himself to a bit of Majesty Danish ham from our breakfast plate -- garnished with strawberries and cream -- this morning. Delicious!
"Those who want to take advantage of what freedom offers, but deny it to others, should stay home," writes Glenn Reynolds in his MSNBC column:
I predict that if this sort of extremist behavior continues, we're going to hear a lot more suggestions that immigrants who don't accept the rules of free societies should return home.
The newly established network of moderate Danish Muslims -- blogged here yesterday -- who urged Danish imams who insist Muslims are being treated badly in Denmark to move to other countries with societies more in harmony with their own view on the world -- comes to mind.
"The renowned Belgian cartoon award of the international 'Knokke Humor Festival' yesterday awarded its first prize to a cartoon depicting a yawning Christ above the bed of an elderly couple lying with their backs to each other," reports The Brussels Journal.
"The Belgian Cardinal would be the perfect bishop for Christian dhimmis in the Muslim continent of Eurabia," writes Paul Belien in The Brussels Journal:
Europe has only itself to blame for this disaster . . . Asked for a reaction to this cartoon, the Archbishop of Brussels, Belgian Cardinal Godfried Danneels, communicated through his spokesman: “We should be able to laugh at ourselves from time to time so that we do not take ourselves too seriously.”
Asked whether this self-relativization does not apply to Islam and the Danish cartoons, the Cardinal’s spokesman told the press: “One does not mock the essence of someone’s faith. It is forbidden to depict the prophet. If you do, what’s more with a bomb in his turban, then that is a provocation. Just look at the violent reactions. The cardinal does not condone this violence, but he believes our own freedom has its bounds.”
"We are in the closing years of the pre-Islamic era of Europe’s history, and The Brussels Journal is there to record them -- so that America may hopefully gain some insights from this and learn from our fatal mistakes," Belien concludes. Thomas Sowell isn't holding his breath on that one:
Looking back at the history of tragic times often reveals that many -- or most -- of the people of those times were often preoccupied with things that look trivial, or even pathetic, in view of the catastrophe looming over them. Will later generations looking back at our times see a similar blindness, and even frivolousness, in the face of mortal dangers?
Terrorists and terrorist governments are giving us almost daily evidence of their fanatical hatred and violent sadism, as the clock ticks away toward their gaining possession of nuclear weapons . . .
Yet what are we preoccupied with or outraged about? Whether the American government should intercept the phone calls of these cutthroats to people in the United States.
What mortals these fools be. We just read ScrappleFace's latest aloud to Tuck, and he was confused as to whether it was satire or straight reportage:
If you expose children, even peaceful Muslim children, to thousands of hours of Looney Toons, you produce a generation of desensitized brutes,” according to the unnamed CTW spokesman. “They can’t comprehend the real impact of their violent acts, because animated victims of firebombings, gunshots and beheadings always immediately appear, clean and unharmed, in the next scene. The rioters are innocent victims of exported American cartoon culture.”
In order to combat the effects of violent TV, and unwarranted prejudice against Muslims, CTW will introduce a new peace-loving Islamic Muppet character to its flagship Public TV show.
Proceeds from the sales of the new Sesame Street plush toy, ‘Tickle Me Imam’, will go to the United Nations Fund to Aid Islamic Respectability.
Laughter is the best medicine.