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Update on Cartoon Angst

Hopefully I'll be off this topic tomorrow, but I do like to update posts when someone proves me wrong, or at least not-so-right. After giving the Committee on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) grief for not forcefully condemning violent responses to the Cartoon controversy, I should note that today's press release mentions in passing that they "condemn all violent actions by those who are protesting the cartoons." I can't find a transcript of the press conference itself, so I don't know what or who they actually condemned, but heck, it's a start.

(Link via Prof. Volokh, who rightfully wonders at CAIR's crabbed vision of free speech.)

In the meantime, a somewhat amusing article in the Daily Telegraph asks two questions about the controversy that I'd like answered:

  • Is it irony alert time? Shouldn't non-Danish Christians be up in arms about the desecration of religious iconography, given that the flag of Denmark is pretty much a white cross? Actually, scratch that: the last thing we need is one more reason for one more group to get righteously angry over something trivial.
  • More important to those who worship the almighty dollar: who's supplying Danish flags to Palestinians? Given the way things are going, we need an internet startup promising to rush deliver ready-to-blaze flags to demonstration-prone areas. ("The flag of your oppressor in 24 hours or less! Free box of matches with every order! Ask about our Frequent Immolator special, and remember, there's always bulk discounts on Old Glory or anything with a Magen David on it!") Is this the next hot IPO?. . . .

UPDATE: Apparently, it's a highly competitive market.


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Reminds me of when I first became aware of the movement to amend the Constitution to ban flag-burning, and I thought it would be a good idea to start a business called Slightly Off Flags, with 49 stars or 12 stripes or whathaveyou, so people who felt the urge to burn an American flag still could indulge it without breaking the law.

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