Sunday, February 05, 2006

Muslim cartoon

Some people say that "anything goes" on the blogosphere. Maybe there aren't any strict limits on freedom of speech, but I would suggest that there are responsibilities that go with freedoms. Sure newspapers are free to publish cartoons that parody religions and religious figures, and it may even curry favor with their readers, but I think that being a publisher of a newspaper (or even a blog) also means a willingness to treat others -- all others -- with basic respect and human dignity. Sure everybody enjoys a good joke and humorous , but please be cognizant that you aren't profoundly hurting, embarrassing, or demeaning the subject of your so-called humor. After all the beauty of a good joke or satirical cartoon is that those who are the brunt of the humor can join in appreciate the humor. The "humor" fails all tests of sensibility.

-- Jack Krupansky


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