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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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Map of Pakistan, now a Facebook-free zone (CIA Factbook, 2008)Cartoons of Muhammad have drawn the ire of Pakistan’s courts, so that country — packed to the rafters as it is with childish, raging lunatic Islamist extremists — has blocked access to Facebook within its borders. The Los Angeles Times reports on this juvenile reaction (WebCite cached article):

It was a Facebook campaign meant to make a stand for free speech. But in Pakistan, a contest encouraging users of the social-networking site to submit caricatures of the prophet Muhammad has been viewed as blasphemous, prompting a court-ordered nationwide ban on the website Wednesday. …

The ruling was triggered by a campaign on Facebook asking users to post images of Islam’s founder on a page called “Everybody Draw Muhammad Day!”

The campaign was aimed at expressing solidarity with the creators of the Comedy Central television show “South Park,” which recently drew the ire of a radical Muslim group for depicting Muhammad in a bear suit during an episode earlier this year.

I blogged about this particular event back when it happened. 'Bombhead' cartoon by K. WestergaardThis contest also follows attacks on Lars Vilks, which I’ve blogged about more than once, and on the heels of continued Muslim outrage over the 2005 Jyllands-Posten cartoons.

Image by Lars Vilks published in Nerkes AllehandaI will, of course, continue my policy of posting some of the cartoons that have so enraged Muslims, as my own act of defiance against them, and to show my own support for free speech around the world. Muslims’ demand that everyone else in the world — Muslim and non-Muslim alike — obey their own metaphysical prohibition against depicting Muhammad, is not only unreasonable, it’s irrational and childish.

There is no amount of reasoning with them on the matter … so I have no intention of trying to reason with them about it. I will simply continue posting the cartoons they find offensive, as long as they keep stamping and fuming over their existence. There is a way to make these cartoons go away … and that’s to stop raging and fuming over their existence. I wonder if Muslims will ever find the fortitude and maturity to follow that strategem?

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Believe it or not, even after more than 4 years have gone by, there remain Muslims so incensed over the Jyllands-Posten Muhammad cartoon controversy that they continue trying to kill those involved in it. The New York Times reports on a recent — and thankfully unsuccessful — attempt on the life of one of the cartoonists (WebCite cached article):

Police foiled an attempt to kill an artist who drew a cartoon depicting the Prophet Muhammad that sparked outrage in the Muslim world, the head of Denmark’s intelligence service said Saturday.

Jakob Scharf, who heads the PET intelligence service, said a 28-year-old Somalia man was armed with an ax and a knife when he attempted to enter Kurt Westergaard’s home in Aarhus shortly after 10 p.m. (2100 GMT) on Friday.

The attack on the artist, whose rendering was among 12 that led to the torching of Danish diplomatic offices in predominantly Muslim countries in 2006, was ”terror related,” Scharf said in a statement.

For those who may not have seen any of the cartoons in question — the occidental media have done a pretty fair job of capitulating to Muslims’ irrational and juvenile demands that they never be published — here is one of Westergaard’s own:Bombhead: KW

Yes, folks, this is one of the several cartoons that caused so many Muslims around the world to go ballistic enough to stage massive riots, destroy property, and attempt to kill people. Someday the world’s Muslims may grow up and accept that not everyone obeys the precepts of Islam … such as that the prophet Muhammad cannot be drawn in artwork … but it appears it won’t happen soon.

Hint to any and all offended Muslims: Ever heard of the Streisand Effect? When you rise up and rage sanctimoniously about something you dislike, you call attention to it, even if it might otherwise go unnoticed. This cartoon is here on this blog … and on many other Web sites … only because, in your self-righteous fury, you demanded it not be shown. You ended up getting exactly the opposite of what you’d wanted. Next time you’re offended by something, shutting up might simply cause it to go away and your wish that it go unnoticed, may actually come true.

Hat tip: Friendly Atheist blog.

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