We Must Not Incentivize Religious Outrage

Six months after the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten printed twelve cartoons of Muhammad in 2005, orchestrated Islamic outrage led to over a hundred people being killed and Danish embassies attacked in Syria, Lebanon and Iran. 

The proposed Irish blasphemy law uses religious outrage as one of the triggers for determining whether material is blasphemous. This incentivizes religious outrage, and makes it more likely to happen.

Bloody Cartoons is a BBC documentary in which Danish director Karsten Kjaer examines the controversy and its impact on free speech in a democracy. It is filmed in Europe and the Middle east. Watch this important documentary, and campaign against the Irish blasphemy law.

Continue for parts 2 to 5 of the documentary…

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    Michael Nugent May 11, 2009

    Ohms, the riots were certainly orchestrated, unless ordinary middle-eastern people routinely carry Danish flags in case they ever need to publicly burn them.

    However, for the sake of this discussion, let’s assume that the rest of the facts you convey are correct.

    Why do you imply that the people who make films about Islam are the same people who are attacking Muslims with bombs?

    Why do you describe riots about cartoons as a “knee-jerk reaction” while describing cartoons about Islam as “part of a two fronted attack” that also includes bombs and missiles?

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    Jasus Christy January 03, 2010

    Europe and the USA are walking into the hands of the nutters by not confronting the mad muslims and neglecting to be strident about the simple fact that – we [THE WEST] are big on free speech and we will not indulge or entertain anyone who has a problem with that.

    Sadly we have and continue to indulge the whackos and PC Brigades

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