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Sunday, September 16, 2012

"No one was murdered because of this image"

As is often the case, the satirists at The Onion have the best analysis of the turmoil in the Muslim world allegedly prompted by a YouTube video insulting Mohammed. They've published a cartoon of the Hindu god Ganesh engaged in lewd sex acts with Moses, Jesus Christ and the Buddha (you can see it at the link), plus this comment:
WASHINGTON—Following the publication of the image above, in which the most cherished figures from multiple religious faiths were depicted engaging in a lascivious sex act of considerable depravity, no one was murdered, beaten, or had their lives threatened, sources reported Thursday.
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Though some members of the Jewish, Christian, Hindu, and Buddhist faiths were reportedly offended by the image, sources confirmed that upon seeing it, they simply shook their heads, rolled their eyes, and continued on with their day.

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