Islamic freedom 20.02.06
The recent events over caricatures of Islam's Prophet Mohammed published in Scandinavian press once again raised concerns about Islam as a threat to the Occident and our freedom of speech. I usually say and write what I think, I do not hide feelings and thoughts. However I believe that we should use diplomacy and that freedom of speech needs to be flexible enough not to offense people. Islam does not allow pictorial representation of their prophets, while Christians enjoy drawings and paintings of their holy characters. Surely the Muslim world over-reacted, using this incident as a basis for public meetings, to raise hate against the Occident and to motivate one (small) portion of their faithful ones to continue the jihad. For some people religion is everything, nothing else than religion is important. While I do not share this concept, I agree that we should be tolerant with the intolerants and comply with their rules. What I believe this event shows is that Islam is one key parameter of this century’s geopolitical order. From Indonesia to Libya, from UK to Somalia, the call from the prophets managed to gather people together against a few countries. This is scary. Islam is about peace, but maybe we should all convert to keep it this way. This photograph is the one of a major Mosque in UAE. I feel this is a very powerful, colorful shoot. Dusk, just before the sunset. Quality is not great, I pointed my EOS 1 and shot, I believe I was at 800 ISO unfortunately.
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