I've been reading in the paper over the weekend about the riots in Europe and Africa over the cartoon portraying Muhammad as a terrorist. I don't agree with the cartoonist standpoint but the riots are ridiculous.
The Da Vinci Code,by Dan Brown, insinuated that Jesus was married to Mary Magdalene. Many Christians were offended by this and urged people not to read the book. There were, however, no riots. No bounties were placed on Dan Brown's head - as far as I know at any rate. Christians may not have liked it but it was in fact Dan Brown's story and he had a right to print it.
The cartoonist had every right to give that view of the Muslim prophet. Muslims do not have to like it, but that does not justify riots that hurt other people and certainly not a bounty on the cartoonist's head.
These riots are illogical and counter-productive. Their prophet was portrayed as a violent terrorist. In reaction some Muslims have become violent. If some Muslims are mad about Muhammad being portrayed as violent they shouldn't be violent themselves. Riots prove the cartoonist's point in my opinion.