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On the cartoon brouhaha

Dear Editor:I’m confused about why Muslims are outraged about some silly cartoon of the prophet Muhammad being depicted with a turban in the shape of a bomb on his head. The resulting demonstrations, property damage, and violence are deplorable and inexcusable. I am sensitive to their not wanting an image of Muhammad being depicted, as that is dictated by their religion, and I can respect that; however, humans do think in pictures before they speak in words, and an image of Muhammad was probably the easiest way to depict Islam as a whole that came to the artist’s mind. If Muslims can agree on a preferred image of Islam, I suggest Muslims make it known. This, I believe, will go a long way in diffusing any future misunderstanding, hurt feelings, or indignation.And Muslims have simply got to stop taking themselves so seriously. This is not to discount the importance of their religious beliefs, but let’s face it – it’s just not healthy. Thousands of men, women and children are dying in the name of this religion. I hardly think this is truly what Allah wants out of them or us. Sadly, the world view of Islam is being dominated by the acts of violence a supposedly small element of radical Muslims are engaged in and promoting, all in the name of their religion. Is it any wonder then, given that we humans think in pictures, that Muhammad would be depicted with a bomb-shaped turban on his head?If the majority of Muslims are as peace-loving as they claim to be, and want the rest of the world to view them that way, I suggest they not respond to every perceived slight with property destruction and violence, and stop letting a supposedly small group of radicals do their talking for them all.Bob KeenanCarbondale