Sunday, February 02, 2014

Religiously Offended

Given the serious contradictions and different belief system espoused by the religions of this world, it would seem totally illogical that any one religion might have protection [from offence] under law.

Example of Potential Offence: In the Christian Religion Jesus is given to be the Messiah and the Son of God.  Meanwhile in Islam, Jesus is seen merely as a /prophet/.   So should Christians be offended if a follower of Islam refers to Jesus as merely a prophet?

However, the law of Blasphemy seeks to enshrine in law exactly this privilege.  The law has historical underpinnings and is most logical when a single country has a single de-facto religion that is adhered to unanimously by the whole population.  

This is the Wikipedia Article

I do believe in a /level playing field/ and hence I don't see why any single religion should have any special protection under law.

But more generally why give Religion this special status at all?

Personally I find the practice of sagging pants/ trousers pretty offensive but I don't get any protection from what I consider this idiotic behaviour of others.

Let us now consider the WebComic called Jesus and Mo launched in 2005 by Mohammed Jones

In January 2014 Maajid Nawaz participated in a BBC debate on human rights and commented about the above artwork.

Maajid commented and tweeted (with link): As a Muslim, I did not feel threatened by it. My God is greater than that.

Nawaz has now received death threats from Muslims who were offended about the Tweet. (which did not contain the picture).

Now when the British Channel 4 television programme reported this issue it showed the above diagram with the explanation:

We’ve taken the decision to cover up the picture of Mohammed so we don’t cause offense to some viewers.

Now to complete the circle, the Author of Jesus and Mo has commented on (his words)  this /dreadful journalistic decision/.

And so to summarise

  • I find the behaviours of many others very offensive, but I recognise that offence is in the eye of the beholder
  • I do not see why one religion or any religion should get special legal protection
  • I don't think it is acceptable that a death threat should be issued against somebody for a tweet of a link.
  • It is Hypocritical that the British media censors itself in this respect, tip toeing around the feelings of one religion [only], whilst not holding back against any other religion, or risking offending people with other topics.
  • Religious People: You have no right NOT to be offended. Dealing peacefully with offence is all part of being an adult in the 21st century.

Jesus and Mo offended critque
UN Deformation of Religion
Nawaz Cartoon Row 12min!
Author of Jesus and Mo Ask Me Anything
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