There has been some ongoing controversy about the decision by the Atheist Society at the University College London (UCL) to publish a cartoon of the prophet Jesus and prophet Muhammad (peace be upon them) which depicts them drinking alcohol at a bar.
A number of organisations have stepped up to defend the right of the Atheist Society to cause deliberate offence including the Humanist Society, the well-known scientist and atheist Richard Dawkins as well as the usual anti-Muslim hate sites including Harry’s Place.
I certainly don’t like the cartoon. It seems to me that it is not making much of a point other than to be deliberately offensive. Still, I am sure that all those who are rushing to defend the right of Atheist Society to publish the gratuitous cartoon will also show their full support for the publication of the above cartoon which was the Winner of the 2006 Holocaust Cartoon competition in Iran. The above cartoon seems to me to make a far more serious point about the terrible injustice being perpetrated daily by Israel against the occupied Palestinian nation. And if the above cartoon does offend some people – well, that’s free speech for you, right?