Saturday, February 04, 2006

Angry Muslim Terrorists Protest Cartoon Stereotypes of Angry Muslim Terrorists

Life is full of irony. Palestinian gunmen threw a bomb at a French cultural center in Gaza City on Friday to protest publication of cartoons mocking the Prophet Muhammad as a bomb-headed terrorist.

The Danish cartoon that started it all:

Armed Islamic militants in Gaza protested the cartoon by briefly closing a European Union Center in Gaza City:

Islamic terrorists apparently can't take a joke. Their armed demonstrations make clear that Islamic terrorism is no laughing matter.
Hmm. They're right:

So ... in all seriousness: "Death to terrorists":

(And have a nice day!)

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UPDATE: Quoted on all-encompassingly:

Muslim outrage huh? OK … let’s do a little historical review. Just some lowlights:
Muslims fly commercial airliners into buildings in New York City. No Muslim outrage.
Muslim officials block the exit where school girls are trying to escape a burning building because their faces were exposed. No Muslim outrage.
Muslims cut off the heads of three teenaged girls on their way to school in Indonesia. A Christian school. No Muslim outrage.
Muslims murder teachers trying to teach Muslim children in Iraq. No Muslim outrage.
Muslims murder over 80 tourists with car bombs outside cafes and hotels in Egypt. No Muslim outrage.
A Muslim attacks a missionary children’s school in India. Kills six. No Muslim outrage.
Muslims slaughter hundreds of children and teachers in Beslan, Russia. Muslims shoot children in the back. No Muslim outrage.
Let’s go way back. Muslims kidnap and kill athletes at the Munich Summer Olympics. No Muslim outrage.
Muslims fire rocket-propelled grenades into schools full of children in Israel. No Muslim outrage.
Muslims murder more than 50 commuters in attacks on London subways and busses. Over 700 are injured. No Muslim outrage.
Muslims massacre dozens of innocents at a Passover Seder. No Muslim outrage.
Muslims murder innocent vacationers in Bali. No Muslim outrage.
Muslim newspapers publish anti-Semitic cartoons. No Muslim outrage
Muslims are involved, on one side or the other, in almost every one of the 125+ shooting wars around the world. No Muslim outrage.
Muslims beat the charred bodies of Western civilians with their shoes, then hang them from a bridge. No Muslim outrage.
Newspapers in Denmark and Norway publish cartoons depicting Mohammed. Muslims are outraged.
Dead children. Dead tourists. Dead teachers. Dead doctors and nurses. Death, destruction and mayhem around the world at the hands of Muslims .. no Muslim outrage … but publish a cartoon depicting Mohammed with a bomb in his turban and all hell breaks loose.
Come on, is this really about cartoons? They’re rampaging and burning flags. They’re looking for Europeans to kidnap. They’re threatening innkeepers and generally raising holy Muslim hell not because of any outrage over a cartoon. They’re outraged because it is part of the Islamic jihadist culture to be outraged. You don’t really need a reason. You just need an excuse. Wandering around, destroying property, murdering children, firing guns into the air and feigning outrage over the slightest perceived insult is to a jihadist what tailgating is to a Steeler’s fan.
I know and understand that these bloodthirsty murderers do not represent the majority of the world’s Muslims. When, though, do they become outraged? When do they take to the streets to express their outrage at the radicals who are making their religion the object of worldwide hatred and ridicule? Islamic writer Salman Rushdie wrote of these silent Muslims in a New York Times article three years ago. “As their ancient, deeply civilized culture of love, art and philosophical reflection is hijacked by paranoiacs, racists, liars, male supremacists, tyrants, fanatics and violence junkies, why are they not screaming?”
Indeed. Why not?

UPDATE: More death threats for cartoons: South Park and "Bleeping Muhammad."

UPDATE: Celebrate May 20th - "Everybody Draw Mohammad Day"!

UPDATE: NYT Oped column on South Park and broader censorship issues.

UPDATE: Mohammed Image Archive.


Blogger Sylvia said...


6:16 AM  
Blogger Muslim said...

I find these images ridiculous.

In Islam, we're not allowed to draw pictures of the other prophets e.g. Jesus, Moses, Abraham, we respect all these prophets.

Yet to find pictures like these of our beloved prophet Muhumad peace be upon him is insulting. It is a direct attack on Islam.

If people take time to read about the life of Prophet pbuh, they will not he was a mercy to mankind.

6:43 AM  
Blogger TWM said...

"Have a nice day." - gotta love it. LOL

7:22 AM  
Blogger Shawn, maker of air biscuits said...

The headline is perfect.

7:40 AM  
Blogger Republicanpundit said...

Funny but very serious at same time. Great post

7:41 AM  
Blogger Citizen Grim said...

Isn't there a term for that?

"self-fulfilling prophecy"
"confirming bias"

None of those really work. What's the term for demonstrating the stereotype that you don't like people to associate with you?

(In the movie Crash last year, the character played by Ludacris goes on about "look, this white woman saw us black guys coming, and she gets all scared - why? we didnt do anything to her!" They then steal her car, as they had been planning to do.)

8:13 AM  
Blogger Maverick Muse said...

Call signal from the high falootin' rootin' tootin' son-of-a-gun from Arizona, Rag Time Cowboy Joe: "Make My Day!"
(how sweet it is)

8:52 AM  
Blogger Garry Wilmore said...

I have a friend in Iran with whom I have been corresponding for some time. To protect her identity, I won't name this person or give any details about her life, what she does for a living, or where she lives, except to say that she is young and -- obviously, from the way I have phrased this comment -- female. I have been very impressed by her, though, and she strikes me as being intelligent, wholesome, kind, sensitive, and at once both sophisticated and childlike. Although she does not wear her religion on her sleeve, she is clearly a Muslim, and from what I gather, this is very important to her. Based on what I sense through our correspondence, I could imagine her being offended by the Mohamed cartoons, but not taking to the street to demand that the cartoonist be beheaded.

I think of her frequently and affectionately, and wish I could somehow free her from that hideous and oppressive regime which holds her, along with some 68 million other Iranians, under its yoke. But more often, I find myself wanting almost desperately to believe that this young woman represents what Islam is really all about. Then, almost daily, I open my newspaper or turn on the news, see the kinds of stories you mention in this post, and wonder if Mohamed Atta and others of his ilk, rather than my Iranian friend, more accurately represent the face of Islam.

9:35 PM  
Blogger Pseudonymous Flog said...

Important clarification: extremist Muslims commit those acts of violence, and Muslims who are true to their faith have always decried them.

5:55 PM  

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