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Law, culture, and Catholicism...up in smoke!

Monday, March 13, 2006

Prof. Volokh on the Mohammed Cartoons

I generally enjoy UCLA law professor Eugene Volokh's posts over at the Volokh Conspiracy as they tend to be very thoughtful and well-reasoned, in contrast to the posts one finds on the great majority of blogs. His recent post on the Mohammed cartoon controversy is no exception. As Prof. Volokh's expertise is in the realm of free speech, his post focuses on that aspect of the cartoon debate. For myself, I have been especially bothered by the whole cartoon situation, because there is a part of me that says that the controversy is not about the cartoons per se, but that the controversy has been completely manufactured by the Moslem clerics who are inciting their people to violence regardless of the cartoon depictions. Furthermore, I find it absolutely absurd that there has been such a violent reaction to cartoons. . . a violent response to cartoons which are quite obviously critical political observations of the violent nature of militant Islam.