‘Cartoons triggered Holocaust too: Let Europe learn from history’
Robert Seiple, the US government’s first ambassador for religious freedom, heavily criticized those who published the insulting cartoons of Prophet Mohammed and recalled, “Cartoons triggered the Holocaust, too.”
Seiple serving as the first United States ambassador for religious freedom in 1998-2000 during Bill Clinton’s presidency said, “The question is not the freedom of expression but being civilized.”
Seiple speaking to Zaman warned the European governments “to learn a lesson from the past” and “not to be late”.
The former ambassador suggested Muslims to react against incidents quickly like Jewish people do. Seiple said the religion is sacred and the cartoons ridiculing “the sacred” are “impudent.” “Ridiculing the sacred has no place in a civilized world based on values,” Seiple noted. If the same is valid for Jesus-Christ, he added, a group of Christians would be rightly “very offended.”
Seiple, recalling the caricatures published in Germany during the 3rd Reich period contributed to the formation of the atmosphere leading to the Holocaust, criticized the anti-Semitic cartoons published particularly in Egypt. Nazis had published several anti-Semitic caricatures during the 3rd Reich era. Jews in these drawings was regarded as a race exploiting Germany unmercifully, the source of all evils and corrupting German women.
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The newspapers involved no doubt are happy because their sales are up, even as they fuel the hatred and zenophobia. Imagine the reaction if the New York Post ran ‘cartoons’ showing Christians as ignorant white trash cleaning their shotguns so they could kill more abortion doctors, gleefully running more such cartoons every day as protests grew, deliberately throwing gasoline on the fire.
That would be vicious bigotry hiding behind freedom of the press, wouldn’t it?