[quote=George Waters]Would you say the fourth paragraph to be an accurate answer to my question?
I would say my reply was an accurate answer to your original question:
So, although the Islaamic teachings are very clear on the prohibition of images, especially those of the prophets, there have always been, and most likely will always be, people who will not follow Islaamic law and will do things that oppose the religion of God, and Islaam is free from the actions of those individuals.
Your question assumed that images are prohibited in Islaam (and they are), and then based on this assumption, you asked, “why are there hundreds of images of Mohammed created by Muslims throughout the centuries and displayed in museums in Muslim countries?”
I feel my answer was accurate. It is similar to saying, assuming child molestation is wrong according to Catholocism, “why are there so many priests who molest children?” And surely George, your answer to this would be similar to my answer to your question. There is often a HUGE difference between the rules of a religion and the actions of its followers.
Now, it does seem that you either (a) meant something else by your original question, or (b) are asking a follow-up question. Because it seems as if you are now asking why these Muslims who are protesting these cartoons are not also protesting the images of Muhammad that have been produced throughout the centuries, in supposedly “Muslim” countries.
To that question, I cannot speak for the actions and the thought processes of these protestors. I further cannot speak about whether or not there has been protests against the images you speak about over the centuries. I do know of several examples, one being a well-known Muslim film called “The Message”, where Muslims protested the way Muhammad, peace be upon him, was “depicted” in the film. And this was a Muslim film made by Muslims.
So George, I think part of your reasoning is that “hey, these guys have not or are not protesting the other images, why protest these?”
But if you think about it, that reasoning has the flaw of, how do you know the other images have not been protested? Seriously. Surely you do not assume that our media covers every little story like that. And surely George, you are also smart enough to realize that the media loves to cover stories such as this one, where the Muslims are protesting these cartoons.
But back to my point at the beginning of this post, even if i assume that the other images have never been protested against, again, I still cannot answer regarding the thought-process of these people, and you surely understand that. Are they ignorant of the other images? Are they aware of them but don’t care? Is it because the other images are not insulting? These are all valid questions George. But they are not questions that you or I know factual answers to. I can only go on the facts.