Bajan Reporter publishes image of Jesus giving the finger.
Will Bajan Reporter now publish images of Muhammed and Buddha doing the same?
Our old friend Ian Bourne at Bajan Reporter is a bit upset with Barbados Free Press. Ian believes we’ve been “hating on all Muslims” – because we occasionally print articles about, for instance, how young Muslim students in Barbados Muslim schools are taught and believe that stoning and amputation of hands are acceptable punishments in a free and democratic society like ours.
At Barbados Free Press we’re concerned that some of the core values taught at Muslim schools in Barbados and other Western countries are incompatible with the values held by the majority of Bajans. We believe that some of the Islamic values and practices are barbaric. We have serious concerns about Islam because it is a political, legal and religious ideology that is intolerant of any other ideologies and values, including democracy, Christianity, freedom of religion and the equality of women.
That’s our opinion. Others may differ, but in a free and democratic society like Barbados we can discuss religion without worrying about a knife in the back. Can’t we?
So Ian fell into his own trap and created the above cartoon of Jesus giving Barbados Free Press the finger. Yup, he published it right on his website in an article titled Barbadian Tabloid Blog under heavy fire by Religious Leader who Objects to Denigration of Beliefs.
That’s Ian’s cartoon above on the left: Jesus giving we folks at BFP the finger.
No problem with those of us at BFP who are Christians (we’re not all Christians by the way). We believe that Jesus is big enough to handle a couple of cartoons. We’re not about to go on a rampage and burn, murder or riot over Ian’s cartoon of Jesus, the Christ. Ian knows that he has nothing to fear from Christians because he made a Jesus cartoon. Likewise we don’t think any Buddhists will be doing any violence because we made a cartoon of Buddha giving BFP the finger.
But now we come to our middle cartoon of Mohammed giving BFP the finger. We know it’s Mohammed because we took the image from an Ogden painting.
We can print the cartoon here at BFP because we are anonymous. Everyone knows that persons who print Mohammed cartoons risk death from Muslims, and that when people are murdered for putting up a cartoon of Mohammed, the majority of the Muslim population remains silent and does not condemn Muslims who murder over cartoons of Mohammed.
So Ian has made our point for us: There is a great difference between the values and actions of those who follow Islam and those of just about every other religion. Islam seems to foment religiously driven violence to a degree that is unparalleled by any other contemporary religious practices.
Of course, Ian can prove us wrong and prove that his original criticism of BFP is correct if he will simply copy our cartoon above and publish it at The Bajan Reporter. Then we’ll know that Ian is truly of the opinion that the actions of Christians and Muslims in response to an equal “insult” to their deity will be peaceful and remain within the laws of Barbados.
Go ahead Ian… you have our permission to copy our cartoon, and by publishing it you will prove your point and show that our fears about Islam are overdone.
Over to you, Ian.