Posts Tagged “Islam”

'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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Gustave Doré (1832-1883), The Crusaders war machineryThe belt-buckle of the Bible Belt, Texas, is acting up again. And it’s the same people — the state’s Board of Education — as I’ve blogged about previously (e.g. here, and here, and here). This time they’ve fallen in behind the vast hosts of the nation’s Neocrusaders, and are laying siege to textbooks. The New York Times reports on the Texas BoE’s continuing effort to proselytize to public school children (WebCite cached article):

Some conservative members of the Texas Board of Education assert that the history books used in this state have a pro-Islamic bias, and they are upset about it.

Never shy about wading into the culture wars, they are planning to vote Friday for a resolution that would send a blunt message to textbook publishers: Do not present a pro-Islamic, anti-Christian version of history if you want to sell books in one of the nation’s largest markets.

“The purpose of this resolution is to ensure there is balanced treatment of divergent groups,” Gail Lowe, the chairwoman of the board, said. “In the past, the textbooks have had some bias against Christianity.”

The resolution was written and submitted to the board this summer by, Randy Rives, who as a member of the school board in Odessa, Tex., pushed through a Bible study curriculum.

The Neocrusaders’ complaint is that textbooks are “biased” against Christianity and in favor of Islam. Unfortunately, they don’t bother to demonstrate this. They simply insinuate that it’s the case. The problem, of course, is that “bias” has a meaning … a statistical one, and it must be demonstrated using compelling, objective, statistical evidence. The Neocrusaders — to no one’s surprise — don’t offer any such thing. They simply assert “bias” and base it on a small selection of readings, as well as the fact that some Dubai royals had once attempted to invest in a textbook publishing company. (They no longer have any interest in it; showing once again that the Religious Right loves to ignore facts it finds inconvenient.)

In my experience, anytime someone whines about “bias” without offering evidence of it, what they really mean is, “This stuff isn’t exactly the way I, personally, want it to be.” Sadly, their own personal wishes — whatever they may be — are irrelevant. History is history … period! … and to bend it to suit one’s personal whim, makes it something other than history.

In any event, if anyone in Texas — or any other state — is concerned that his/her child may not get a “balanced” view of Christianity, the solution is rather obvious … teach it to your kids yourself, or in Sunday school. Forcing public school teachers to mouth the platitudes and dogmas you — personally — hold dear is not the solution. Unless, of course, your goal is to control other people’s kids rather than just your own. This is, in fact, precisely what Mr Rives and the rest of the furiously sanctimonious Neocrusaders want; he said so, himself:

“If you can control or influence our education system, you can start taking over the minds of the young people,” Mr. Rives said.

Thank you, Mr Rives, for confessing to your own game. It is to control people. I can’t possibly have asked for any more clear of an admission on your part.

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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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Armenian crusaders (Armenian kingdom of Cilicia)I blogged a few days ago about the Hartford City Council and its plan to protest the Religious Right’s Neocrusade against Islam in the US by opening their next meeting with prayers by local imams. I also mentioned, then, that they’d been inundated with venomous complaints. Well, it turns out they lost their nerve, and have canceled their plans. The Hartford Courant reports on their cowardly and abject surrender to the country’s Neocrusaders (WebCite cached article):

The executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations in Connecticut said Friday that the city council has called off its pre-meeting prayer Monday, which was to be an Islamic invocation.

Mongi Dhaouadi said he received a call from Council President rJo Winch Friday saying that there would be no prayer, but that the council would instead hold an “interfaith moment of silence.” …

The council was inundated with phone calls and e-mails from angry residents after announcing this week that it had invited an imam to give the opening prayer. At a press conference Wednesday, Winch said she was saddened by the responses, some of which she characterized as “racist views of hatred.”

Let me be clear on this: The Religious Right’s chief weapon — in everything they’ve done over the past 30 or so years — has been intimidation. They demonize, they vilify, they harangue, they lie, they bully, they threaten, and they (verbally) pummel their opponents into submission. For the most part — and quite unfortunately — their opponents have usually obliged by giving into the intimidation. The Hartford City Council, it seems, is no exception.

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Kashmiri protesters burn an effigy of President Barack Obama during a protest in Srinagar, India, 13 Sept. 2010. Indian forces battled protesters in the disputed territory during demonstrations fueled in part by a report of the Quran being desecrated in the United States.I’ve already blogged on the Muslim world’s immature response to the raging immaturity of Qur’an desecration that various elements of the Religious Right, including Randall Terry, have engaged in. The sanctimonious outrage has actually ramped up and spread, this time to the Kashmir province of India, as Voice of American reports (WebCite cached article):

In Indian Kashmir 14 people have been killed and 45 injured in some of the deadliest violence witnessed in the region since mass demonstrations against Indian rule erupted three months ago.

Officials say several people were killed when police fired on hundreds of Muslim protesters who set fire to a Christian missionary school and some government buildings in Tangmarg and Budgam districts in Indian Kashmir.

Officials say the protests were partly fueled by reports on an Iranian state-run channel that a Quran had been damaged in the United States during the weekend.

Obviously, 14 people needed to die for al-Lah, because the Qur’an was desecrated! It goes without saying that lives must be destroyed because of that. Al-Lah demands nothing less!

(All right, so the preceding paragraph was sarcastic. Of course lives should not be lost due to any kind of metaphysical event!)

Yes, folks, the Muslim world continues to try to prove the Religious Right when it condemns Islam as a violent religion. Trust me, this will only feed the flames of Neocrusade here in the US. And in response the militant Christians in the US will surge forward in their Neocrusade against Islam here.

Note to religious believers, especially Christians and Muslims: By all means, keep up the mayhem. Go ahead, keep going with the schoolyard objection that “It’s not our fault, they started it!” All it does is prove that the whole bunch of you are just a bunch of self-righteous crybabies, engaged in a massive worldwide pissing contest over whose god is bigger than whose. At the same time that theists like yourselves claim that your religious beliefs make you morally superior, you are — ironically — demonstrating yourselves (rather conclusively) to be, instead, morally inferior. Just grow the fuck up and get over it already!

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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?

Photo credit: CNN (cached).

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