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Muslims and their religion

Iraqi Christians bury victims Tuesday of a church attack on October 31, for which the Islamic State of Iraq claimed responsibility.… and the sky is blue. The banality and inanity of the mass media is sometimes staggering. One would think that people intelligent enough to have gotten through journalism school, would realize that stories such as this one — dutifully reported by the astoundingly brilliant minds at CNN — are not really news (WebCite cached article):

All Christians ‘targets,’ Iraqi militant group says

All Christians in the Middle East are now “legitimate targets,” al Qaeda in Iraq announced Wednesday, as the group’s deadline for Egypt’s Coptic church to release alleged Muslim female prisoners expired.

Wow. Whodathunkit!? I’d never have guessed in a million years that Christians living in the Middle East might possibly have ever become “targets” for al-Qaeda in Iraq. Would you, Dear Reader, have ever figured that out?

Why, of course Christians in the Middle East are al-Qaeda’s targets! They have been, ever since al-Qaeda came into existence! Who in the occidental world could possibly not already be aware of this? Al-Qaeda’s other targets — that everyone also knows about by now — are Shi’ite Muslims, and Jews, and pretty much any other kind of person of any religion who chooses not to hew the fanatical, insane hyperreligionist line of the murderous Islamofascist thugs known as al-Qaeda.

Allow me to assist the mass media in breaking still more major stories: A fight broke out at a hockey game, some college students got drunk this weekend, and it’s cold in the Arctic.

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The Masjid Noor mosque – Huntington, NY – Oct 26, 2010 – Photo: Mona Rivera / 1010 WINSThe Neocrusaders who want to eradicate Islam from the United States continue to beat the drums of their militant Christian-inspired hatred. This week they twice vandalized a mosque in Huntington, NY (on Long Island), as reported by WPIX-TV out of New York City (WebCite cached article):

Hate crimes detectives are investigating after a jar of nails was thrown into the driveway of a Long Island mosque in what’s now the second incident in a week.

According to Suffolk County police, authorities were called to the Masjid Noor mosque in Huntington at around 7:45 p.m. after shards of glass and nails were discovered outside the place of worship.

I suppose the vandals might have been teens just looking to make trouble … but this appears too consciously targeted not to have been cooked up by a Neocrusader. I also suppose they could have done a whole lot worse, as did the Neocrusaders who torched a mosque under construction in Murfreesboro TN.

By the way, the name of this Long Island mosque happens to be very close to one in Bridgeport, CT that had been protested back in August by a bunch of Neocrusaders from Texas, about which I blogged at the time.

Oh, and no, I haven’t failed to notice that it was militant Islamists from Yemen who seem to have tried to send bombs to Chicago synagogues via UPS international delivery (cached article). We’re under siege by militant religionists on all sides.

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Daisy Khan (AP photo, August 2010)I can’t really say I’m surprised by this, but New York City police recently admitted they’ve been investigating death threats against the couple who’ve proposed Park51/the Cordoba Center (aka the “Ground Zero Mosque”). You see, Islam is such a violent religion, that some Americans find it necessary to threaten its vocal supporters. Yeah. Makes a lot of sense, doesn’t it? CNN’s Belief blog reports the story (WebCite cached article):

The husband-and-wife team behind the planned Islamic center and mosque near New York’s ground zero have received threats, a New York police spokesman said Sunday, hours after the wife said her life is under threat.

The threats “began several weeks ago,” police spokesman Paul Browne told CNN “We were investigating them.”

Browne would disclose no details of the threats made against Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf or his wife, Daisy Khan, or whether they were receiving any police protection.

Khan mentioned the threats during her appearance on ABC’s This Week with Christiane Amanpour. Appearing with her was prominent Religious Rightist — and erstwhile presidential candidate — Gary Bauer, who didn’t exactly go out of his way to condemn the threats:

Gary Bauer, a conservative Christian leader who opposes the Park51 project, responded that “Anybody in public life, in a free society, has nuts that threaten their lives.”

If you want to see the transcript — which shows Bauer’s cavalier attitude toward these threats — it can be found right here (cached). He never says it in precisely these words, but Bauer’s implication is, “Well, of course, you’ve been threatened, lady! What else did you expect?”

It’s great to see a supposedly “loving” Christian express such concern for the lives of others. Yep, it’s that “Religion of Love” at work, once again!

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'Bombhead' cartoon by K. WestergaardI’ve already blogged on any number of cartoon controversies, caused by Muslims who pitched fits over depictions of Muhammad. They erroneously believe they possess the authority to force all of humanity — Muslim and non-Muslim alike — to abide by their own Islamic metaphysics, which require that their prophet Muhammad never be depicted in artwork.

Non Sequitur by Wiley Miller - 2010-10-03 - ... 'Where's Muhammad?'The latest controversy involves this week’s installment of the comic Non Sequitur (cached) by Wiley Miller (which is, by the way, one of my own favorites, especially since The Far Side finished its run, some 15 years ago). There’s no evidence that Muslims have pitched any fits over it, yet, but that doesn’t mean that a controversy hasn’t already kicked up over it, as the Washington Post reports (WebCite cached article):

Depending on what newspaper you take, you may or may not see today’s “Non Sequitur” comic that’s captioned, in part, “…Where’s Muhammad?”

Some newspapers chose instead to run a Sunday replacement strip featuring the recurring character Obvious-Man. So what was the editorial thinking behind the choice?

“I have absolutely no information on why any of the editors chose not to run it,” “Non Sequitur” creator Wiley Miller tells Comic Riffs. “All I can do is surmise that the irony of their being afraid to run a cartoon that satirizes media’s knee-jerk reaction to anything involving Islam bounced right of their foreheads. So what they’ve actually accomplished is, sadly, [to] validate the point.” …

“Both of the papers I get that carry comics, the Portland Press Herald and the Boston Globe, ran the substitute,” says the cartoonist, who goes by “Wiley.” “Really disappointing.”

The caption to the single-panel comic — which depicts a cheery, slightly surreal park scene — says: “Picture book titled voted least likely to ever find a publisher…’Where’s Muhammad?’ ” The cartoon was one of the “most favorited” Sunday on the syndicate’s website, where readers on the comments thread were mentioning where they had — or had not — found the “Muhammad” strip in their local papers.

WaPo itself waffled on the matter, as its own article admits:

The Washington Post chose to run the “Where’s Muhammad?” comic in its online edition [cached] but not in its Sunday print funnies, running an “Obvious-Man” replacement. Spokeswoman Kris Coratti said The Post had no comment on that decision.

Yes folks, it certainly looks as though the Islamist terrorists have won their war, if newspaper editors are proactively obeying the dictates of their vicious, fundamentalist religion. Just to help ensure the Islamists are thwarted … and as my own little protest against craven newspaper editors who bend over for them … the cartoon in question appears to the left, and I headlined this post with the classic “Bombhead” cartoon.

Hat tip: The Friendly Atheist.

Photo credit: Jyllands-Posten / Kurt Westergaard (via About.Com).

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Mask ... for going into hidingThe Seattle cartoonist who proposed “Everybody Draw Muhammad Day” earlier this year, has been forced to change her name and go into hiding, because of death threats — at least one serious and credible enough that it’s the FBI which suggested she do so. According to USA Today‘s On Deadline blog (WebCite cached article):

At the urging of the FBI, the Seattle cartoonist behind “Everybody Draw Mohammed Day” is “going ghost” — leaving town, changing her name, creating a new identity because of the death threat issued in July [cached] by an Islamic cleric linked to the failed Times Square bombing, the Seattle Weekly says [cached] of its former contributor.

The reaction to this proposal, in the worldwide Muslim community, was horrific, and included such measures as Facebook and Youtube being blocked inside of Pakistan, as I blogged at the time.

Ain’t childishness wonderful? Especially when it’s religiously-fueled childishness?

USA Today adds the following note, which is somehow supposed to sound nice:

Norris had made friends with local Islamic leaders, and the head of the Seattle chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations said the group “has a no tolerance policy for threats of violence.”

I guess it’s all well and good, and maybe heartwarming, that she “made friends” with members of CAIR, and that CAIR has a “no tolerance policy.” But that doesn’t appear to have helped. You would think that true “friends” would have at least tried to do something, and prevent her from having to go into hiding … no?

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Author: al-Azhr, the Egyptian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs  This Fatawa describes how an Egyptian man turned apostate and the subsequent punishment prescribed for him by the Al-Azhr Fatawa council.The lunatic clerics who run the theocracy of Iran finally weighed in on the Qur’an-desecration controversy. As one would expect, they issued a fatwa against anyone who dares deface a Qur’an, as Agence France-Presse via Google News reports (WebCite cached article):

Two top Iranian clerics said anyone desecrating the Koran must be killed, Fars news agency reported, as hundreds of people protested on Monday outside the Swiss embassy in Tehran.

“From the point of view of Islamic jurisprudence, strong objection to such thoughts is mandatory and necessary and killing the people who have committed this act is compulsory,” Ayatollah Hossein Nouri Hamedani was quoted as saying by Fars.

His view was echoed by Ayatollah Naser Makarem Shirazi who added that such a response must be taken after consulting a “religious judge.”

Because, of course, no one in his right mind would ever dream of doing anything without first consulting a “religious judge”! Right?

The Iranian government — also predictably — found it necessary to throw in one of their irrational, conspiratorial anti-Semitic zingers:

Top Iranian officials, including President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, have issued harsh criticism over the issue, with the hardliner even saying that a bid to burn the Muslim holy book was a “Zionist plot” that would lead to the speedy “annihilation” of Israel.

Adding to the ridiculousness of it all, a crowd formed that was so delusionally enraged over Qur’an desecration that they didn’t even realize they were going after the wrong target:

Meanwhile up to 500 people demonstrated outside the Swiss embassy in northern Tehran in protest against the United States over the Koran-burning issue.

An AFP photographer said the crowd, chanting anti-US and anti-Israel slogans, pelted stones at the embassy and tried to get into the building, but the guards prevented them from entering the premises.

Note that this is similar to when a similarly-deranged Afghan rabble attacked a German base in their country over Qur’ans which, at that time, hadn’t even been defaced yet.

Yes, folks, the worldwide collective temper-tantrum continues. Two of the world’s great religions continue to try to show which can be more irrational and immature than the other. It would be hilarious, if not for the destruction and the lives that have been lost over it.

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Afghan protesters in Jalalabad shout slogans in a Friday demonstration against a pastor's plan to burn the Quran.A couple of days ago I remarked that Muslims around the world — and particularly, for some unknown reason, in Afghanistan — were working to prove the Neocrusaders correct when they claim that Islam is an inherently violent religion. Well, they’ve managed the amazing feat of continuing to be juvenile imbeciles about the whole matter, and have continued to riot over it. Reuters reports on the continuing protests (WebCite cached article):

Demonstrators took to Afghanistan’s streets for a third day on Sunday to protest against a U.S. preacher’s plan to burn copies of the Koran even though he has since withdrawn the threat.

Chanting “Death to America” and “Death to Christians”, demonstrators clashed with Afghan security forces in Logar province, south of the capital Kabul. …

Three demonstrators were wounded, one seriously, when Afghan security forces opened fire on Sunday to disperse hundreds of protesters marching to Pul-e-Alam, the capital of Logar province, said Din Mohammad Darwish, the provincial governor’s spokesman.

The protesters threatened to attack foreign military bases. There are almost 150,000 foreign troops fighting a growing Taliban-led insurgency in Afghanistan.

“The governor must give us an assurance that the church is not going to burn the Koran, otherwise we will attack foreign troop bases in our thousands,” protester Mohammad Yahya said.

I have no idea how the governor of Lugar province in Afghanistan is supposed to be able to prevent some idiotic schmuck in Florida from burning the Qur’an … but then again, I’m just a cold-hearted, cynical, God-hating, agnostic heathen, not an immature religionist screwball who lives in a Third World hut. I guess it’s just too much to expect of me to understand something that profound; I’ll have to remain ignorant and simple-minded, where such important things are concerned.

So in addition to one person dying over a Qur’an that hasn’t burned yet, two more have died over a Qur’an that never was burned after all. Someday humanity will grow up and begin to make sense … but not, it seems, any time soon. Sigh. Has anyone in the Muslim world figured out, yet, that events like this are only serving to make the Neocrusaders feel they’re right? Hmm? Maybe?

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