“Anteating” a Danish

UCI is now right smack-dab in the middle of the Muslim cartoon controversy that has spread throughout the Middle East. I doubt you’ll be able to find a Danish pastry on campus if some of the student groups have their way.

It seems the UC Irvine Campus Republicans and a group called The United American Committee have decided to display the cartoons which depict the prophet Muhammad as a terrorist. The Muslim Student Union is equating the display of the cartoon as similar to what happened to the Jews during the Holocaust.

While the display of the cartoons may upset a group of students, the larger argument here is a group’s right to their First Amendment right to freedom of speech, but free speech does have limits. Additional questions on religious tolerance are also raised here. If the cartoons are being displayed with the purpose of causing a “thumb-your-nose” attitude towards Muslim students then the UCI Campus Republicans have crossed the line. If the groups organizing this panel discussion truly intend the display of the pictures to belong squarely in an academic discussion then there should be no issue with the display of the cartoon.

This is actually a great post to hear your response on the subject: Do the UCI Republicans truly intend on presenting the cartoon in an academic setting or do they intend to use it with harm? Additionally what limits, if any, should the First Amendment have when speech takes issues with competing religions/beliefs?

2 Comments so far

  1. The Disgruntled Chemist (unregistered) on February 28th, 2006 @ 11:01 pm

    I went to this travesty tonight. All I can say is “wow”. It was amazing how fast the evening degenerated into a hate-fest directed at Muslims. I felt dirty after leaving.

    I did a series of (admittedly semi-coherent) posts on the evening at my blog; it’s five posts long, but if you didn’t go and want to know what the meeting was like, you can check the posts out.

    As to your question, I feel like the cartoons were not shown in a completely academic manner. I feel confident in saying that, because they prefaced the anti-Mohammed cartoons with some anti-Israel cartoons to really anger the crowd, and it worked.


  2. Jim D (unregistered) on March 1st, 2006 @ 12:29 pm

    If the cartoons are being displayed with the purpose of causing a “thumb-your-nose” attitude towards Muslim students then the UCI Campus Republicans have crossed the line.

    So says the self-appointed Minster of Free Speech. Funny how you lefties seem to have so much more concern for religious tolerance when it is Islam, as opposed to Christianity or Judaism. I am sure you are against the Piss Christ displays, and similar anti-Christian “art.”

    You lefties are so hypocritical. Get a clue. These “outgraged and offended” Muslims don’t seem to mind when terrorists are actually killing Muslims in the name of Allah in Iraq with bombs. Nor do they seem to be offended that Jews are regularly portrayed as dogs and pigs in the “mainstream” Arab press. Oh no, these crazies are offended! Big woop.



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