It's OK to be Scared. Just Tell Us.

I agree with Eugene Volokh when he observes that the Opus comic rejected by the Washington Post is pretty dang tame.  I found the cartoon to be poking fun more at men and male attitudes than at Islam.  I don't think there is any way the Post can argue now that their editorial policy is symmetric across all religions.  They are tiptoeing around Islam in a way they never would with Judaism or Christianity.  If they are scared of violent reprisals, they should just say so. 

  • TCO

    Maybe they should have said after 9-11, that they had been pussified.

  • Walter E. Wallis, P.E.

    The week prior, the jab at fundamentlists is rather direct, and Southern Baptists didn't burn Opus in effigy. Why ia that?

  • http://brcbanter.blogspot.com Craig

    It's amazing how journalists, who claim to be so passionate about the first amendment, so readily renounce it when the subject is radical Islam. How much of this is a fear of being beheaded, and how much is political correctness?

  • TCO

    They're pussies. They got scared after 9-11. So now they want to smoke some Muslim pole. I hope they do get beheaded.

  • markm

    But admitting that you're scared of insanely murderous radical Islamics is in itself offensive to them.

  • BobH

    It's also offensive to give their kids soccer balls:

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/6964564.stm

    The US Army gave away soccer balls decorated with various national flags. One of the flags was Saudi Arabia. The Saudi flag includes a verse of the Koran, containing the word "Allah".

    They are offended.

    I agree that decent people should make reasonable efforts not to offend others. But a point is reached with people who choose to be offended by everything, that the only reasonable thing to do is to say, "Screw 'em" and make no further efforts. The screw-em point has long been passed, in my opinion.