Bigotry or Free Press

My local newspaper has decided it is their mission to continuously post editorials and cartoons that portray Muslim Americans in a horrifically biased and hate-filled way.  I respect the right of anyone to support their political views be they liberal or conservative, but do they have the right to print ugly rhetoric that paints all people who are Muslims are extremists bent on jihad? 

Some might say that is their right; that this is America and we have freedom of the press and freedom of speech.  I would fight forever to protect free speech/press.  But, to shade all Muslims in such a dark and ugly way is not a political view, it’s religious bigotry or maybe even ethnic racism. 

To say every Christian follows the tenets of the Bible is untrue.  To say every Jew follows the tenets of Tanach would also be a lie.  To say every Buddhist, Bahá’í, Jehovah Witness, Krishna, Hindu follows every word of their holy doctrine would be a lie.  To paint all people of a faith with the same brush is pure rubbish and does harm to the human community.

So, does a public newspaper have the right to paint all Muslims as extremists or jihadists? 

I think not.  I think it shows them for the bigots they are.


1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. amcit
    Feb 19, 2012 @ 12:38:05

    I agree with you that it is morally repugnant to present these views. However, in my mind it falls squarely under freedom of speech, and I cherish their right to show themselves as racist bigots.

    At least that way we know who we’re dealing with.


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

Broken and Beautiful

Reflections on church, family, life and infertility

Jack Monroe

The #1 budget recipe website

A Certain Slant of Light Photography

... the landscape listens, shadows hold their breath


Read our Mission. Find out how you can help us adopt James.

Phoenix Fights

Fighting the FEAR, depression and BDP on a daily basis AND making my own bread. Bring it on 2016....

~Idiot Writing~

'all our lives are a poetry - awake our souls.' ~ Battling the hypocrite within ~

vic briggs

A writer adrift

Don Charisma

because anything is possible with Charisma

Learus Ohnine - "Walls Were Made To Be Broken"

2014, inspiration, entertainment, informative, wellness, tranquility, diet, happiness, life, romance, friendships, relationships, home, family, love, light, joy, peace, serenity, motivation, freedom

The earth

Great people, places, events, trends, movies, music, life around this great world

Editorials from Hell's Leading Daily Newspaper

Hell's opinion of the actions of the Living [NOT SAFE FOR WORK]

ColorTheBooks Blog

Official Blog of Kevin Cullen & Friends

Andrew Hines

be inspired


Was I born a masochist or did society make me this way? I demand unconditional love and complete freedom. That is why I am terrible.

The Daily Post

The Art and Craft of Blogging

The Blog

The latest news on and the WordPress community.

A Trick of Light

and the rest is rust and stardust


Strategy, Research & Vision for Racial Justice

%d bloggers like this: