Monday, March 6, 2006

Child’s Play

Leonard Pitts sums up the cartoon debate very succinctly.

With all due respect to religious sensibilities, is it not foolish to allow oneself to be so vulnerable to provocation? And for that matter, something foolish about rushing to give that provocation? Isn’t there something about it that is infantile and juvenile, something that reeks of playground taunts and chips of wood you’d better not knock off bullies’ shoulders? Something, in a word, childish.

Except that people are dying. So maybe my comparison is itself a needless insult.

And for that, I apologize to children everywhere.