Thursday, May 20, 2010

And it's 'Draw Mohammed Day'!

Suitable illustration by Zombie:
in a very good article, from which I will borrow a bit:
So you can see the urge of every sane-minded Westerner to say a hearty Fuck you! to anyone who tries to erode away the bedrock of our free society. The more insistent (and violent) these attempts at erosion, the less civil the resistance will become. Which is exactly as it should be. If the Islamists want us to to stop mocking (or even questioning) Mohammed, they can achieve this goal quite simply: Just go away and leave us alone. Don’t bother us, and we won’t bother you. Seriously, 99% of non-Muslims don’t give a good goddamn about Mohammed one way or the other, and we’d gladly ignore him and his followers til the end of time –
if they’d just stop trying to boss us around. But if someone comes to our safe haven and tries to impose a repressive or restrictive rule on us, then that is the exact rule we’re going to flout until the interlopers learn their lesson: We don’t take kindly to bullshit medieval religious oppression in these parts.

And so we return to J.E. Dyer’s essay, where she essentially argues that freedom of speech is simply the vehicle through which we can express our political ideals without fear of reprisal. While that may be true, it leaves out the final piece of the puzzle: Freedom of speech itself is our highest political ideal. We need freedom of speech not merely so we can discuss Aristotle and the Teapot Dome Scandal and non-proliferation treaties, but more importantly we need freedom of speech so we can defend the unconditional right of freedom to speak — or think, or draw, for that matter. As soon as someone comes along as says (as Dyer does) that some forms of speech are “better” or “higher” than others, the implication is that the the low-class expressions are somehow less worthy of defending. But that way lies the road to ruin. We would soon begin to slide down what I call Niemöller’s Slippery Slope, which in this instance would begin, “First they came for the cartoonists….”

Opposing view from Althouse.

From Mark Steyn:
Provocation for its own sake is one of the dreariest features of contemporary culture, but that's not what this is about. Nick Gillespie's post reminds us that the three most offensive of the "Danish cartoons" - including the one showing Mohammed as a pig - were not by any Jyllands-Posten cartoonists but were actually faked by Scandinavian imams for the purposes of stirring up outrage among Muslims.As Mr Gillespie says:

It is nothing less than amazing that holy men decrying the desecration of their religion would create such foul images, but there you have it. It is as if the pope created “Piss Christ” and then passed it off as the work of critics of Catholicism.

So, if it really is a sin to depict Mohammed, then these imams will be roasting in hell. (Unless, of course, taqqiya permits Muslims to break their own house rules for the purpose of sticking it to the infidels.)

But, that aside, the clerics' action underlines what's going on: the real provocateurs are the perpetually aggrieved and ever more aggressive Islamic bullies - emboldened by the silence of "moderate Muslims" and the pre-emptive capitulation of western media. I was among a small group of columnists in the Oval Office when President Bush, after running through selected highlights from a long list of Islamic discontents, concluded with an exasperated: "If it's not the Crusades, it's the cartoons." That'd make a great bumper sticker: It encapsulsates both Islam's inability to move on millennium-in millennium-out, plus the grievance-mongers' utter lack of proportion.


Keith said...

I'll give you my drawing in words:

Heavy, Turban wearing bearded man of mid 50s age, wearing robes.

He's in a Hallmark card shop, in front of the stand entitled "Wife" and he's admiring a card, with a burka clad child jumping up, arms stretched out at her sides; "7 Today!"

We're not under sharia law yet, but if Vienna had fallen in either of the sieges, we probably would be.

Some might regard him as a prophet, but I don't believe in their religion, and, were he alive here today, he'd be deserving of a life sentence for murder, and confinement in the sex offenders wing for his own safety. Other prisoners have a way of dealing with paedophiles and child rapists.

ps, any authorities, go on, put me on a list, you know who I am, and you know (hallmark card shop apart)I have stated facts, the man "married" Abu Bakr's six year old daughter and raped her when she was only 9. he led gangs of thugs in attacking cities and killing all Jews they caught.

BobG said...

I think Og came up with the best one.

Windy Wilson said...

I think we should make a museum display somewhere of religiously insulting items including this, the bomb-turbaned man, a tattered Koran, the Bethlehem bible used as toilet paper, Piss Christ, the elephant dung Madonna, a lobby card for "The Last Temptation of Christ" and some others I'm sure we can find, and videotape who demonstrates outside because their ox is being gored. It is time for Muslims to act as adult as they want others to act. If Muslims want respect they have to give it. The Mullahs seem to be able to call up demonstrations quicker and easier than the anti G-7 people, so demonstrated civilized behavior should be possible. If they act like adults, pretty soon they will start to feel like adults and then, God help them, they'll be adults.

Keith said...

Seems it's all caused a bit of fuss in Pakistan.

Here's the BBC report:

They do their usual trick of calling the bloke The Prophet. Thanks but I don't believe he was a prophet, just a particularly violent and perverse individual with a liking for the pre pubescent daughters of his followers.