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Socially Acceptable Bigotry
June 29, 2008, 12:58 pm
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When those comic strips were published, our first worry was hurting the feelings of Muslims and the hate crimes against Muslims they might inspire.

When savage protests broke out across the Muslim world (at least as seen in the news media), no one blinked an eye.  In the face of death threats, Western media were expected to refrain from publishing the comics or repent of having done so.


This happened because Muslims are the other.  


Because of they are the other, their savage religious violence wasn’t condemned.  But surely if we engaged in such savage religious violence, we would have condemned ourselves, right?


Here we uncover a bizarre form of socially acceptable bigotry.  Those savage Muslims simply cannot be held to the same standard as we Westerners.


(I’m not endorsing this.  I’m saying that this is what our actions say, whether we realize it or not.)


The extent to which this double standard exists is the extent to which Muslims are barred from being fully welcomed into our society.  


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