The fear of greater censorship or self-censorship when it comes to issues related to Islam has been a contention for many free-speech advocates. Perhaps those sounding that alarm have one more case to cite.
Nathan F. Elmore, a pastor and director of the Holy Books Conversation, a Christian-Muslim interfaith friendship venture in Virginia is calling for cartoonists to not depict Osama Bin Laden. He argues three reasons why such a ban should be considered.
Here are the three reasons as he lists them. He expands on them in the original story, which you can read on the Richmond Times-Dispatch’s website.
First, perhaps more media would be compelled to think longer and harder before publishing Osama’s image.
Second, with less Osama imagery, the street discourse of the American public would be given the social green light to transcend the typical ignorance or usual politics. This is only another way to say: We could transcend ourselves.
Third, a cartoon ban of this magnitude could incite an absolute “let freedom reign” for cartoonists. In the Osama vacuum there would be an open space inviting new images to proceed from the pen.