I previously alluded to having a general dislike of blogs. One of the factors in bringing me around towards blogs was how some of them behaved during the “cartoon jihad“. This was a time in which mainstream journalists were cowering in fear and virtually the only entities willing to fully cover the issue were bloggers. It is safe to say I would never have been involved in a blog if not for the stand some bloggers took. One of the main blogs that grabbed my attention was the Infidel Bloggers Alliance. They were really on top of the issue and as other blogs vanished, the Infidel Bloggers Alliance remained.
The draw Mohammed issue has been central to the the way blogs have engaged the issue of radical Islam. Some have chosen to be particularly cautious and respectful (not that it did Molly Norris any good). Others have been a bit more abrasive and confrontational. I respect both approaches, but I think the most important thing is to not back down. The issue isn’t just “draw Mohammed“. I think many people engaging the issue want to peacefully co-exist with the Muslim world, however the Muslim world must learn to accept aspects of a freedom loving society such as free speech. It is important that we do not capitulate.
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