I realize that I'm a day late and a dollar short regarding this whole Mohammad cartoon scandal, but I just have to put in my two cents. Back in September 2005, a newspaper from Denmark called the Jylland-Posten ran some editorial cartoons lampooning Mohammad and his role in some of the excesses of Islam. The most famous of these shows a caricature of Mohammad with his turban in the shape of bomb that has been lit. It took a few months, but the cartoons began making the rounds. Soon, many practitioners of the religion of peace who only need an excuse and not a reason, began to take to the streets to protest these cartoons. The funny thing is I don't even think they are so upset about the cartoons making fun of Mohammad, as they are angry about Mohammad being depicted in any capacity at all. For those of you not in the know, apparently, Mohammad is not supposed to be shown in pictures at all. Now, when I say that the Muslims took to the street and protested, I mean they really protested. In countries throughout the Muslim world, protesters have burned down Danish consulates, burned the Danish and American flags, threatened to kidnap westerners and especially Europeans, and with their protest signs, have called for the execution and beheading of anyone who denigrates Mohammad or Islam. How insane is that? These cartoons make the point that Islam is a religion prone to violence, so the religion's practitioners take to the streets and prove the cartoons' point. So, point taken: no one is to criticize Islam in any form whatsoever, for great violence will come down upon you if you do.
The hypocrisy of this position is overwhelming to say the least. The cartoon I posted above - courtesy of Filibuster Cartoons - illustrates this breathtaking hypocrisy in no uncertain terms. Honest to God, in many Muslim countries, schoolchildren are taught that Jews are bloodthirsty vampires who kill Muslims, drink their blood and harvest their organs. Do Jews take to the streets and burn down buildings in response? Didn't think so. Then, let us talk about the denigration of Christianity. A few years back, an "artist" named Andre Serrano took a crucifix, put it in a jar of his own urine, and called this masterpiece Piss Christ. Did Christians take to the street and call for the death of the "artist"? Didn't think so. Also a few years back, another artist displayed his work in a NYC art museum that depicted the virgin Mary with elephant dung being one of the ingredients in the painting. Again, no calls for the "artist's" beheading. So it seems that it is only Islam that cannot take criticism. Let us not forget about the famous fatwa against Salman Rushdie for insulting Mohammad with his book The Satanic Verses. Mr. Rushdie had to hide out for years as Muslims the world over sought him out so they could kill him. The fatwa was lifted a few years ago before anyone could carry out the death sentence on Mr. Rushdie. One member of the arts who did not get off so lucky was Theo Van Gogh, a filmmaker from the Netherlands. A couple of years ago, Mr. Van Gogh made a short film that was critical toward the treatment of women in Muslim society. For this "crime" against Islam, Mr. Van Gogh was attacked on the streets of Amsterdam where he was shot off his bicycle by a Dutch Muslim named Mohammad Boyeri. After Mr. Van Gogh fell to the ground, Boyeri stabbed Mr. Van Gogh then slit his throat, nearly decapitating him; all of this in broad daylight on a busy Amsterdam street.
The worst part about all of this is that much of the major media on both sides of the Atlantic are capitulating to the Muslims by criticizing the publishing of the cartoons, and refusing to run them in their own newspapers or show them on television. In a recent article, the New York Times had no problem showing the photo of the virgin Mary elephant dung painting even as they said that out of respect to the Muslim religion, they would not show the Mohammad cartoons. Even the U.S. government made a statement condemning the Danes for publishing the cartoons.
Rather than post any further cartoons on this blog entry, allow me to provide you with a link to Human Events Online, where you can view all the controversial Mohammad cartoons.
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