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Column on cartoons

Thank you for printing Cal Thomas column on Muslim reaction to caricatures of Muhammad and on the U.S. media’s reluctance to reprint cartoons that Muslims find offensive. I personally object to displays of swastikas or Confederate flags, because I know that many groups find these deeply offensive. The reason I know this is that I have been educated from childhood by open discussion of the history of these items – and by their depiction in U.S. media, which is important so that we all understand what we are talking about.

There was another time when people were reluctant, based on fear of reprisal, to depict things that a religion found offensive, when that religion decided for the rest of society that it was better for everyone to live in ignorance. That was during the Inquisition. If we cannot be shown a caricature and weigh the issue for ourselves, to decide for ourselves whether to condemn or sympathize with Islam, then shame on the U.S. media for taking us a step backward in the direction of that darker time.

Ward Thompson

Penn Valley


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