A little while ago we published a video created by Javier Prato depicting a humorous version of Jesus. Virginia made a comment about it and found it a little offensive, I apologized and she accepted. You can see her comment below the video.
This is what humor is all about. Humor and freedom of speech are part of our civilization and are not negotiable. What is happening out there with the 12 caricatures of Mohammed is ridiculous. Whatâ€™s even more concerning is the fact that publications and newspapers have removed these images from their sites in fear.
In an apology written by the Editor Carsten Juste of the Danish, Jyllands-Posten he talks about “other” images involved that were the real cause for all this. Wrong! The other images have nothing to do with all this. In a normal situation, if these images were taken as offensive a quiet rally outside the newspaper would have gotten the apology it deserves. There were no other images involved and there is no need to rationalize this irrational behavior. Period. You did nothing wrong.
This was part of the statement:
“In our opinion, the 12 drawings were sober. They were not intended to be offensive, nor were they at variance with Danish law, but they have indisputably offended many Muslims for which we apologize. Since then a number of offensive drawings have circulated in The Middle East which have never been published in Morgenavisen Jyllands-Posten and which we would never have published, had they been offered to us. We would have refused to publish them on the grounds that they violated our ethical code.”
An official statement was made just now by the Danish Foreign Minister calling for calm and responsible behavior. He mentions that this was not done to offend the Muslims and that these events have been taken out of proportions. If there was an offence then the courts should determine the outcome. The only parties, extremists and fanatics are the ones using this for their ends and are now using this to promote their own objectives. The Danish foreign minister asked for a dialog to be initiated and emphasized the need for civilized discussion. An apology was provided by the newspaper and it was time to move on. He and other world leaders were very surprised by the turn of events.
So this is so far the sequence of events
30 Sept: Danish paper Jyllands-Posten publishes cartoons
20 Oct: Muslim ambassadors in Denmark complain to Danish PM
10 Jan: Norwegian publication reprints cartoons
26 Jan: Saudi Arabia recalls its ambassador
30 Jan: Gunmen raid EU’s Gaza office
31 Jan: Danish paper apologizes
1 Feb: Papers in France, Germany, Italy and Spain reprint cartoons
4 Feb: In Damascus, Syria the Danish and Norwegian embassies are torched.
5 Feb: Riots in Beirut, Danish embassy torched. Statement by the Danish Foreign Minister calling for calm and responsible dialog.
In terms of Beirut. I know what you see on the news right now is a little concerning but please keep in mind its Beirut. That city has a Christian and Muslim population and the riots turned bad when a church was attacked prompting clashes in the streets between the two groups. This doesn’t take away from the fact that the Danish embassy is toast.
The question is legitimate, but beside the point. Westerners will sooner or later accept the notion that many Muslims have a weird sense of prioritization. If they starve because of bad government policy or corruption, they attribute it to â€œGodâ€™s willâ€. But if some â€œheathenâ€ westerner insults their beliefs, they will be seriously offended.
This is from Jamal’s Propoganda Site:
The controversial Danish caricatures of the Prophet Mohammad (prayed God upon him and saluted) are offensively bad, offensively unfunny, offensively childish (sort of like what I just said) . That is exactly why they are not worth all the fuss.
He also posted a new post today called Shameful:
Shame on Us. Shame on Us. Shame on Us. Shame on Us. Shame on Us. Shame on Us. Shame on Us. Shame on Us. Shame on Us. Shame on Us. Shame on Us. Shame on Us. Shame on Us. Shame on Us. Shame on Us. Shame on Us. Shame on Us. Shame on Us. Shame on Us. Shame on Us. Shame on Us. Shame on Us. Shame on Us.
(to which I say, thank you and we all know that shit happens…)
One opinion on the Watch hits the nail on the head. Charles Moore, The Daily Telegraph, 2006/02/04
“There is a great deal of talk about responsible journalism, gratuitous offence, multicultural sensitivities and so on. Jack Straw gibbers about the irresponsibility of the cartoons, but says nothing against the Muslims threatening death in response to them. I wish someone would mention the word that dominates Western culture in the face of militant Islam – fear. And then I wish someone would face it down.”
The following image gallery is a little collection we call: “Jesus, Mohammed and Moses walk into a bar”
A huge hat tip (damn I am taking the hat right off) to ZombieTime.com and the Mohammed Image Archive.
To a great cartoonist that runs JesusAndMo.net.
To another great Cartoon site CoxAndForkum.com
I know I missed some people and if I did I apologize – I mean it!
This last image I found interesting, this is what ZombieTime had to say:
Iranian woman artist Oranous (who is a Muslim and lives in Tehran) created this iconic painting of a young Mohammed and is selling it online. Though this would seem to violate Islamic and Iranian law, an expert in Iranian Shi’ite customs writes in to say that this particular painting is not forbidden because it depicts a young Mohammed before he was visited by the Angel Gabriel and started receiving his visions, which means that at this stage in his life he is not yet the Prophet.