[WikiEN-l] Sorted

Fred Bauder fredbaud at fairpoint.net
Fri Feb 22 23:04:06 UTC 2008

> Are any of the depictions based on actual likenesses? Or even on a
> detailed
> description of the man? If not, then the depictions are not educational
> with
> respect to the man, on with respect to how the man has been depicted.
> Removing them from the article would be an editorial decision, not
> "censorship" by any reasonable definition of the word.

No, none of them are. They are works of imagination and that's part of
why they are offensive. They give definite material form to what is
unknown. If they have value it is as art or as information about those
Muslims who have accepted such representations.

One thing that is not understood, it is not just radical Islamists who
object to representations of the Prophet, but nearly all mainstream
Muslims. I don't think much of Islam, but I can relate to the falseness
and, indeed evil, of making things up about Muhammad, which is what all
these images amount to, unsourced information from unreliable sources.


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