Paper - 1 Luka Yovetich Philosophy 140 Paper Assignment 2...

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1 Luka Yovetich Philosophy 140 Paper Assignment 2 Who would’ve thought that a series of cartoons could trigger one of the worst international calamities since World War II? Violent protests across the world were organized in the weeks after the Danish newspaper, Jjllands-Posten, published 12 cartoons depicting the Muslim prophet Mohammed. Death threats towards the cartoonists have sent them into hiding, and now the fundamental right to free speech is in jeopardy. In this editorial Reza Aslan argues why the Danish cartoons of the prophet offend her and should not have been published. Her case argues that the cartoons were not only distasteful, but are more so detrimental to the efforts of countless people trying to create a unified culture between Muslims and non-Muslims alike. I have found her argument to be valid, but unsound due to false premises. The arguments in this editorial are founded primarily on Reza Aslan’s religious background and her interpretation of international human rights laws. Her first premise is that the freedom of the press must be properly balanced with civic responsibility in a democratic society. This premise is largely debated and is the root of conflict between different culture’s values. Aslan justifies that the Dutch press has a civic responsibility in her second premise by claiming that civic and religious leaders have made tireless efforts to promote unity and assimilation rather than hatred and discord between religious sects. The third premise is implied, being that the published Danish cartoons promote stereotypes that convey feelings of hatred and discord towards Muslims. Aslan points out that it is those loathing feelings that societies are trying to eradicate. Her conclusion
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2 follows from these premises that the press is morally obligated to refrain from promoting noxious stereotypes. P1 In any democratic society, the freedom of the press must be properly balanced with
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This essay was uploaded on 10/15/2007 for the course PHIL 140g taught by Professor Kwon during the Fall '07 term at USC.

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Paper - 1 Luka Yovetich Philosophy 140 Paper Assignment 2...

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