Canadians are now being put to test as the Muhammad cartoons surfaced for the first time today in Atlantic Canada. The student newspaper, Cadre, of University of Prince Edward Island has become the first one to publish and gotten suspended because of the cartoons. It is alleged close to 2,000 copies of the popular student newspapers was pulled out by the administrators. The editor-in-chief argued that reader has the right to see the cartoons before judging their offensiveness. Cartoons have also been printed in a Montreal's Le Devoir. For more, see this article.
No offense but I somehow agrees with his stance. I don't wholeheartedly agree with the republication but it is the right of a non-Muslim to see the cartoons and judge whether they deem appropriate. A lot of Muslim sympathisers and satire critics claim the cartoons are offensive, but some of them have never actually seen the cartoons. It's like attacking slander with slanders. We should not publish them but we should give our full effort to judge whether they're offensive or not. The word of mouth is NOT a full effort. The Internet is full of resources. There're many mean to obtaining information.
The other thing I want to comment is why can't Muhammad be drawn? Long since the crucifixion of Jesus Christ, faithful Christians have always celerbrated the resurrection of Jesus Christ through drawings and depictions. Many of them have also illustrated the lifelong journey of the Christ through drawings, manuscripts, paintings and even cartoons. Information is easier to understand than speech and writing. If one can draw and attract followers, why should the practice be banned? Through drawings and descriptions, not only can the information be passed quickly but is also helpful when one do not speak your mother tongue. If a good cartoon resulted in publicity and an increase in fellowship, by all means.
The people of Canada, are liberal, judgemental and opinionated on all fronts. We can no longer claim our innocense by being a bystander while critical events pass us by. Especially the Canadian bloggers, we should speak out and voice our concerns against any wrongdoing, at anytime!