I received a forwarded joke from a chinese friend of mine. Though it is just a joke, I don't find it funny, literary. This is how the joke goes:
A man was taking a walk in Central park in New York. Suddenly he saw a little girl being attacked by a pit bull dog. He ran over and started fighting with the dog. He succeded in killing the dog and saved the girl's life.
A policeman who was watching the scene walked over and said: "You are a hero, tomorrow you can read it in all the newspapers: "Brave New Yorker saves the life of little girl" The man said: - "But I am not a New Yorker!"
"Oh then it will say in newspapers in the morning: 'Brave American saves life of little girl'"the policeman answered. "But I am not an American!" - said the man. "Oh, what are you then?" The man answered: - "I am a
Pakistani! "The next day the newspapers wrote: "Islamic extremist kills innocent American dog."
To some it may seem like no big deal. But as a Muslim myself, it seems insulting. How would you feel if you were labeled as an extremist.
Freedom of speech is not a license or a permit to insult other religions and races. It's totally fine to joke around.
But let the joke be laughable by everyone.