Orientalism and Double Standards

Israel/Palestine
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Here’s yet another attack on Muslims for being too sensitive about seeing the Prophet Muhammed depicted or caricatured in the press, along with the usual indictment of the West for caving in and "self-censuring."

But when was the last time you saw the Pope, or Jesus, cartooned or ridiculed in a big newspaper or on a major TV program?  I remember back in the 1970s when Boston magazine published what it thought was a humorous article about the city’s cardinal, Humberto Medeiros.  The public uproar was tremendous, and the editor-in-chief lost his job.

Of course freedom of the press is a primary value.  But Western editors do have red lines, and they try not to pointlessly offend their publics.  Why do they think they can treat Muslims differently?

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