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Muslim Cartoons

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. What’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.

This is Mustafa’s post on BeirutSpring.com and I found this:

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 “God’s will”. But if some “heathen” 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!

Jesus The Freshmaker

Image Problems - CoxandForkum.com

Jesus and Moses - Jesusandmo.net

Moses

Jesus

Moses

Dogs as god ??

Mohammed

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.

Denmark Freedom of Speech

9 Comments

  1. arnold Gustavsen

    February 6, 2006 at 3:04 am

    your caricatures are not bad at all, watch
    out they might torch your embassy as well,
    even if you showed the competition to muhamad,its time the western world put an end to the overreaction of its masses, and put some in jail,or even better deport them
    back to their medeivel life in their
    arab homeland.

  2. Looks to me like we got our “shown down” of the prophets after all! I wish we could do more to bring it to light!

  3. I really wonder whay would happened if those cartoons were offensive to Jewish people instead of Muslim peopla… The uproar would have been enormous too, since the authors would be called anti-Semitic, which would be equally bad to freedom of speech.

  4. Editor

    February 7, 2006 at 3:00 am

    You’re right. There would be anger and maybe even demonstrations but I really doubt there would be any burning embassies or that the government of Israel would pull out its consulate from the offending country.

  5. Son of a bitch ATHEÄ°STS

    God is One

    FOREVER MOHAMMED JESUS MOSES

    FOREVER HEAVENNNNNNNNNNNNNN

  6. Nor are alike those that are living and those that are dead. Allah(GOD) can make any that He wills to hear; but thou canst not make those to hear who are (buried) in graves. [[QURAN]]

  7. THESE PICTURES ARE NOT FUNNY AT ALL THEY ARE STUPID LIKE THE INVENTOR ESPECIALLY THE PICTURE OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST HANGING ON THE CROSS FOR YOU AND ME AND SAVING THE WORLD FROM SUFFERINGS. I WILL REPORT VIOLENCE , I WOULD RECOMMEND THAT WHO EVER MADE THESE SILLY PICTURE OF OUR ONLY GOD JESUS CHRIST TO REMOVE THEM AND GO TO CHURCH AND REPENT.

    GOD FORGIVE YOUUU

  8. Hahahaha at the person telling the blogger to go and repent in church.. HAHAHAHAHAHHA….. I think they’re forgetting that a non believer has no reason to repent… Why ask for forgiveness from a fictional character? Makes no sense.

  9. Believe in your own faith and be happy with it, its only the ones that are not happy in themselves that seek this sort of insult and offence. The phrase “get a life” is intended for your sort. Take a deep look at yourselves, but again thats probably impossible with your short sightedness.

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