I thought to myself, it isn’t every day that I have a Cardinal to take my part in a debate. And not only that, but the churchman was taking a much more realistic position than the politicians. While much of the secular world assumes religious people are pie-in-the-sky-dreamy-eyed, here it was the politicians who were whistling past the graveyard, dodging reality at all costs. The Cardinal was taking the long-term view, facing the problem on its own terms, which includes both economics and attitudes.Read it all.
The economic incentives need to change, that’s for sure. But we also need to recover a sense of the importance of love to the family. No amount of money from strangers can take the place of the exuberance of a couple in love, facing the world together, building a family. The state can get out of the way, and stop doing harm. Then the rest of us will have to do our part to build up the culture of life and love.
The front page of the daily France Soir carried the headline "Yes, We Have the Right to Caricature God" along with a cartoon of Buddhist, Jewish, Muslim and Christian gods floating on a cloud. Inside, the paper reran the drawings.I love freedom.
"The appearance of the 12 drawings in the Danish press provoked emotions in the Muslim world because the representation of Allah and his prophet is forbidden. But because no religious dogma can impose itself on a democratic and secular society, France Soir is publishing the incriminating caricatures," the paper said.
It's the same scenes we know from Iraq or Afghanistan. Dogs are laid on the bodies of naked prisoners, an unimaginable humiliation for devout Muslims. At night they are exposed to bright light or deafening music. The guards herd the prisoners into a hangar where the temperature is below freezing and straight after that put them into a room as hot as a sauna. Beatings are mainly aimed at the genitals and all this is filmed with video cameras. The favourite toy of the guards is the Koran, they throw copies of it into toilets or tear them up.No complaints about offensive cartoons yet, probably in the next report.
The Danish cartoon affair II. Translation of a dispatch in Swedish: "In an interview for SVT:s Rapport, the leaders of the militant Palestinian group the Al Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades says that they are not accepting Jyllands-Posten's apology for offending Muslims with the publication of cartoons of Mohammed.In order to terminate the protests they are demanding an apology from the Danish government and also that the publishers of the cartoons are put on trial.They also say that they have nothing against Sweden and that the threats against Swedish citizens were based on a misunderstanding."I suppose if these demands are met, the next demands will be for the death penalty by stoning for the cartoonists. My Sharia Amour continues to charm.