One more note on cartoon-mania ...
I just want to add one more point to Matt and Laura's posts, below.
You know that whole thing about how this was started when a right-wing Danish paper tried to make some grand statement about the West's love of freedom of expression? Well, I don't know how to say "bullshit" in Danish, but that's what it is. This, via Steve Gilliard:
Jyllands-Posten, the Danish newspaper that first published the cartoons of the prophet Muhammad that have caused a storm of protest throughout the Islamic world, refused to run drawings lampooning Jesus Christ, it has emerged today.
The Danish daily turned down the cartoons of Christ three years ago, on the grounds that they could be offensive to readers and were not funny.
In April 2003, Danish illustrator Christoffer Zieler submitted a series of unsolicited cartoons dealing with the resurrection of Christ to Jyllands-Posten.
Zieler received an email back from the paper's Sunday editor, Jens Kaiser, which said: "I don't think Jyllands-Posten's readers will enjoy the drawings. As a matter of fact, I think that they will provoke an outcry. Therefore, I will not use them."Dumb, bigoted and thoroughly hypocritical. Hope they're happy.
Disclaimer: nothing in this post should be construed as approval of the mindless insanity that this stupidity has wrought. Shouldn't have to say that, but I know I do.