Lex Anteinternet: Islamic Violence, Islamic Silence and Western Rela...: This past week the world has been witness to another outrage committed by those who claim devotion to Islam. If this event were unique, a ...Of note, on this matter, in the past week protests, some pretty heated, have broken out in Pakistan, Algeria and Jordon.
Protesting violence in the name of Islam? No.
Protesting Charlie Hedbo's post assault cover showing a crying Mohammed.
Most would think this a pretty innocuous cartoon, perhaps even slightly reverent, but Muslim crowds have not in those locations, demonstrating the nature of the problem here.
Even more demonstrative, the paper, which in my view is not at all admirable in general, as I made clear in my Je ne suis pas Charlie post, attacked Christianity and the Catholic church viciously in the same issue, and proclaimed itself to be atheist. Taking pride in that status, it took vicarious credit for the large crowds that came out in Paris, perhaps failing to understand that sympathy for victims, which in this case is perceived as the French Republic as much as anything else, does not really equate to sympathy with the papers crude cartoons and sometimes crude text.
But was there a violent Christian or Catholic reaction? No, not at all.
There was a reaction, with even the Pope commenting, but of note it tended to once again find sympathy with the victims and also plead for all Faiths to be treated with respect. This too highlights the nature of the problem the West faces here. In the West, most agree with the Christian view of turning the other cheek. In Islam, it seems that a large percentage of the faithful do not agree with that view at all. As that's the case, this problem can't be regarded as minor, or isolated.