This morning we followed the story of a controversial comic strip that was pulled from 25 Sunday newspapers last weekend because it contained "Muslim-related humor" and "sexual innuendo." WATCH VIDEO
The Washington Post and several other newspapers opted not to publish "Opus," by Berkeley Breathed, which has touched off a heated debate over political correctness and whether Muslims have become immune from criticism in popular culture. This all comes a week after the same strip poked fun at the late Rev. Jerry Falwell, which stirred no controversy.
When I read it, I see it as more making fun of a capricious young woman who is seeking spiritual meaning in extreme ways (before embracing "radical Islam" she had been an "Amish nudist") than an attack on Muslims. And the sexual innuendo is tame enough that a child reading the comic certainly wouldn't understand it.
So is it offensive? I can't speak from a Muslim's perspective, but I'm certain that most American Muslims don't associate themselves with "radical Islam." The Washington Post and the other newspapers certainly have the right not to print something. And I can understand any concern following the violent reaction to a Danish newspaper publishing a cartoon last year that depicted the prophet Muhammad.
In this case, though, it seems fair to ask whether the editors may have overreacted and played things too safe in the name of political correctness. But I'm curious what you think, especially if you can comment from a Muslim's point of view.