Islam Post 9/11

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Randy Woodford
4/17/11
Phil 308

Islam Post 9/11

When dealing with racial tensions between Americans and Muslims after such a catastrophic event such as September 11th, the outlook on Muslims from an American’s standpoint may forever be tarnished. Much like the way Americans viewed Japanese following the attack on Pearl Harbor, although the Japanese people who we may come in contact with in the U.S. had nothing to do with the attack because they are Japanese, after the attack was not the best of times for them. All over the world following September 11th you would hear reports of violence towards Muslims by American citizens who in their own mind thought they were standing up for their country and in a way “getting back” at the Muslim community by burning flags, threatening, or causing physical harm to individuals solely based on their Arab ethnicity.

In the case of Kurt Westergaard and his very controversial cartoon where he depicts the prophet Muhammad to be a terrorist, I feel that yes maybe he went a little too far by labeling the character in the cartoon Muhammad. If Westergaard would have wrote the same cartoon with the same texts and pictures but only used another Arab/Muslim name besides Muhammad I believe the cartoon would not have caused such a big uproar. In my opinion it is wrong for anyone to make fun or pass judgment on another individual just because they are different from you, especially if the things that you are saying/writing can be hurtful and disrespectful to ones culture or race. With that being said in the U.S. a place where freedom of speech is preached and pushed to its limit on a daily basis I don’t believe that the government or publishing company should have the right to stop cartoons such as the one that Westergaard put out. At any time of day in America you can turn on your television or computer and find a Saturday Night Live episode or a stand-up comedy routine where a person is making fun of another person or a...
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