Posted by: nazli | February 6, 2006

if…

if radical clerics have the freedom of speech to spew hatred against other humans, then should the same freedom of speech should apply to a cartoonist trying to make a point?

if impassioned people can protest “blasphemous” cartoons, then why not also protest the siege of their religion by terrorists – with the same fervour?

if impassioned people can protest “blasphemous” cartoons, then why not protest the gross violation of human rights, especially on defenseless women – with the same fervour?

if words or pictures shake the foundation of faith – should the foundation not be studied from within?

if words or pictures wound a billion people so deeply – why wound them?

if the law of the land applies to the NSA, then why not abide by them?

if the west is so enlightened, why does it allow genocides, violation of human rights, corporate corruption, dictatorships, slavery, glass ceilings, racism…?

if the east is so cultured, then why is it not more accepting and more introspective?

if the religion is for peace, then why kill?

if the quest is freedom, then why such myopia and xenophobia?

if the quest is democracy, then why bemoan the results?

if I can ask so many questions, let me ask myself – am I also not guilty of the judgments above?

in my relentless pursuit of being alive – I want to smile, be dazzling, successful, and happy & I want everything best for the defender of my heart – but what if I were subjugated by some tradition and some law of land that did not allow me to ask, ” what if…?”

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