Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Tread Lightly: "Religious Sensitivities"

That is the "controversial" cartoon that The Washington Post (among several other newspapers) refused to run this past Sunday.

"...Sources told FOXNews.com that the strips were shown to Muslim staffers at The Washington Post to gauge their reaction, and they responded "emotionally" to the depiction of a woman dressed in traditional Muslim garb and espousing conservative Islamic views.

There was also considerable alarm over the strip at the highest echelons of The Washington Post Co., according to the sources.

Lago said she flagged some of the syndicate's newspaper clients for two reasons: because of the possibility that the jokes about Islam would be misconstrued and because of the sexual innuendo in the punchline.

"The strip came in and I knew we would have to send out an alert to all the newspapers," Lago said. "I do that fairly regularly with materials that might pose issues for local areas. ... We knew that because it was a sex joke, it could raise issues. And there is another client that has issues with any Muslim depiction whatsoever."

Editors from The Washington Post declined to comment on why they made the decision to pull the two comic strips..." (Read the entire article)

Ironically, the same cartoon made fun of Jerry Falwell about a week ago with no caution or fanfare whatsoever. Because we all know, it's fine to make fun of Christians. I prefer it that way. It means people know we're not a bunch of whining windbags that take cartoons seriously.

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