Friday, March 31, 2006

Open thread

Please bring the Muslim/Cartoon discussion from the MFE blog here.


Thursday, March 30, 2006

Toonophobia - a definition

We have identified eight components that define Toonophobia, and we are probably going to publish them in a document called 'Toonophobia: A Challenge For Us All'.

They are:

1. Danish cartoons are seen as a monolithic bloc, static and all the same. A cartoon critical of suicide bombing can be classified with and dismissed with a cartoon that criticises the publishing newspaper for being reactionary, and makes no comment about Islam or Islamism at all.
2. Cartoons are seen as separate and "other". They do not derive from any currents in their parent society, like humour or satire.
3. Cartoons are seen as inferior to Islamism. They are seen as barbaric, insulting, irrational and racist.
4. Cartoons are seen as violent, aggressive, "worse than 9/11", apocalyptic and part of a "clash of civilisations".
5. Cartoons are seen as motivated by the political ideology of a "right wing newspaper" and it is seen as relevant that they were published in a country that has an official Nazi Party.
6. Criticisms of Islamism made through the medium of cartoons are rejected out of hand.
7. Hostility towards cartoons is used to justify ever new restrictions on freedom of speech and expression, and to justify the increasing ghettoisation of society.
8. Anti-Cartoon hostility is seen as natural or normal.