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Did anyone else see...

6 April 2006

...the prophet Muhammed (peace be upon him) depicted as a two second cartoon on television last night, on '30 Days With Morgan Spurlok'?

My eyes nearly popped out of my head as I watched the episode 'Muslims in America', following a devout Christian's experiences as he moves in with a family of Pakistani-Americans in Virginia for a month. The cartoon popped up as the narrator explained why Muslims don't see Jesus as the son of God.

I wasn't sure how to react after the recent cartoon blowback. A few thoughts raced through my mind; has anyone taken offence, is there going to be a reaction to this? My momentary shock was definitely related to the post-Danish publications school of reaction. Was this pure political incorrectness in hindsight, or has that issue passed its sell-by-date now? When does a depiction of a cartoon cause mass riots in cities worldwide - when it is published in Scandinavian newspaper print or when it appears as a brief visual flash on an American sitcom? Who decides?

 


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