Much of the Muslim world has been up in arms in recent days over a cartoon that first appeared in a Danish newspaper. The cartoon, later reprinted in newspapers across Europe, depicts the Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him. Such images are forbidden under Islam. But allow me to step in as the voice of reason in this matter. The last time I checked, arson, bombings and killings were frowned upon, too. As a religious leader, I cannot condone these dangerous riots. I must also condemn the poor timing of this violence. The cartoons were first published in September. Is there not a statute of limitations on our anger?
I have not seen these cartoons, so I cannot comment on them specifically. But I do know what it is like to be deeply offended and disturbed by a newspaper comic strip. Every time I look at "Love Is," with those creepy naked children, I feel compelled to tear the newspaper to shreds and eat it. But that is as far as my anger goes. These depictions of babies having babies are shocking, and I am baffled that anyone would actually enjoying reading them. But I do not firebomb the British Embassy. So I urge you, fellow Muslims of the world, to relax. Take a deep breath. And follow the example of your canine brothers. After all, you don't see any dogs rioting.