Ultimately, the moors felt abused by the cartoons, and with nothing else
to do, lashed back with guns. There was wrong on both sides. How much
abuse, bullying, satire, should any religion need to take? Is it the
only possible response to lash out at the bullies?
I think all religions are not rational, but rather ways of thinking that
are less stressful but wrong; when applied to the difficulties of life,
these create a delusion. Life is difficult and contains suffering for
most, more suffering for some. Regardless, we should be dealing with
reality, not living in some deluded fictional mental state.
That is ultimately the first question to answer is one of what way do
you want to live: in a deluded state or dealing with reality? If you do
not accept that religion produces a deluded state, well then you are
living in a deluded state and blissfully unaware. Go away and be happy
in your deluded and unaware state. If you have seen the light, and
become aware, perhaps you can answer the question, how much picking
should a non-conformist need to endure? If we truly live in a free and
open society, can we tolerate any abuse, satire, bullying?
If we are making some feel unwelcome, the first thing that will happen
is cultural self-isolation. The culture will isolate itself for there
own protection. Is that what you want, a country made up of a bunch of
sub-cultures, each separate from the whole? No cross mixing, no trust
between the groups, no cooperation between the groups? That is what
Canada is becoming.
We need to take a stance against bullying, including satire, if we want
to become a free and open society. Freedom of speech is fine as a
principal, but when it starts to damage the society we wish to build, it
must be checked, or the society plan needs to be changed. Pick one, both are mutually exclusive.
If you want a homogenous society, that anyone who does not believe the
party line is free game for abuse. Is that what you want? Be aware of
eccentrics. They hold much of the knowledge of life, and are often not
So each nation must eventually choose. Free and open, planned one religion, or something in between.
And then we need to limit the children, aka population growth. The one child policy is about right, voluntarily or by force, or taxed or state raised children.