It's almost worth the hassle of deciphering the Facebook phenomenon of inscrutable web-blogging for the ADHD, to sign up just to enter into the *enlightened debate* found on Mr. Boetter's site.
I have no issue with a stupid, privileged prick of a man-child assuming the role of self appointed scapegoat, guilt-mongering, wrong-headed, safely-sheltered apologist for his own egregious errors, but the hubris of assuming to speak for all Danes on the matter of a controversial cartoon just begs to be mocked.
Herewith, I mock Mr. Boetter, whom I will now refer to as Butters since I'm unsure of the pronouncuation and don't speak Danish but I do love their breakfast breads.
In the first 24 hours, more than 1,000 people joined the Sorry Muhammad network.
Anders' goal is to collect 10,000 members in 14 days - which would be a significant feat since the total number of Danes on Facebook is 300,000 so far.
Not all of them are Euroweenies, however:
Within six hours a rival network group appeared called No Need to Apologise to Muhammad.
"This is a mockery of freedom of speech and to me it doesn't matter what religion you have; you should be tolerant towards Danish freedom of speech," writes Tanya Kortgaard.
"I think it's fantastic that most of the newspapers in this country have shown that in Denmark we are not giving in to death threats," says Gar Field.
Anders Kunze Juul-Dam, another group member, argues: "I think there's a tendency to believe that the most fundamental norms and values of Danish society are open for debate - they're not. If you don't like the smell in the bakery then get out of here. Nobody is forced to be in Denmark - neither immigrants nor Danes. If you want to be here then you have to adapt."
Noble Danes, I stand with you and your tasty breakfast delicacies! Just as the French have created Croissants for their own amusement, I propose a nice, tasty turban-shaped pecan Danish, with a secret center filled with dates and poppy seeds (kinda like little bits of shrapnel, non?)
Update: Hey! Are we forgetting who is killing who here? I'm merely stating my opinion of Butters' apology, which he does on "behalf of all ordinary Danes." I have not threatened to kill either him or any film directors of his acquaintance. How is that intolerant? I'm thinking a knife with a note attached to it, sticking through the heart of Theo Van Gogh was kinda intolerant. I think burning schools and trashing cars is intolerant. And I think getting one's caftan in a wad about a cartoon is the height of intolerance.
But then, as a Christian, I've never encountered any maligning of my faith. Except for every day, on television, in the news, in books, on blogs that I even link to; from friends who have no idea that their idea of "funny" is a bit less than funny to me. They don't understand, so I tolerate the silliness. Because I'm a grown up. Because I strive to understand. And because they haven't threatened me with violence, and they can't hurt my confidence, or rattle my faith. Because my faith is also a grown-up faith, not some bratty, immature, and insecure cult of death.
That makes me extremely tolerant, but it doesn't make him any smarter.
2nd Update: continued violence in Denmark. It seems that apologizing isn't enough.