Wednesday, February 01, 2006

The Book of Mohammed

I wanted to post a photo of the now-infamous Danish Newspaper (Jyllands Posten) cartoons, characterizing Mohammed (Prophet, D-Islam) in various unflattering ways. I couldn't find one. I Googled France Soir, the Newspaper in France that courageously and provocatively re-printed the cartoons, yesterday and found dozens of articles in other papers telling the story of the cartoons and the overblown worldwide Muslim response to their being printed. I dutifully clicked on all of them and learned a bit about the brouhaha but not one of the articles actually featured a photo of the cartoons. Now granted there are twelve of the cartoons and they would take alot of space in a small article but I really don't think that was the reason for the absence of the key visual aid in this international story of interest. As an article in The American Thinker posits, it probably has alot more to do with fear of international Muslim reprisals.

What a sad day when a French newspaper shows more cajones to publish these cartoons than any American newspaper! See the article by Tom Lifson
here

Since the article was written, many of Europe's newspapers have followed suit in solidarity but still the cartoons are all but impossible to find on the net.

Which brings me to another issue: the recent cancellation of the TV show, "The Book of Daniel". Now, I know that alot of people were offended by this show's irreverent treatment of religion and the immorality of many of the characters on the show. I'm willing to bet quite a bit of money, though, that few of these critics ever watched the show. People do, and should, have a right to criticize and even boycot the advertisers of a show they disagree with. The truth is, though, that nobody forces any viewer to watch anything they don't want to watch. If the show offends you, cut it off. I am not down with attempts to change the viewing habits of others. Of course, I am not defending the show because I never watched it and probably wouldn't.

Let's imagine for a moment, though, another program. This imaginary program could be called, "The book of Mohammed". It could satirize aspects of the Muslim religion and poke fun at an Imam's family by portraying the son as a homosexual, the daughter as a lesbian and the wife as a pill-popping shopaholic. The Imam could drive around talking to the prophet Mohammed (D-Islam) and ask for advice on mundane and trivial everyday matters. Perhaps, Mohammed would advise the Imam to exact the death of an unfriendly party store clerk or something.

How would this show be met by the masses? Of course such a show would never be aired because of fear of retaliation by the Muslim community, not to mention it's being culturally insensitive, but the reaction would be instantaneous and overwhelming. The reaction to these cartoons would pale by comparison.

I salute the papers that are re-printing these cartoons because they are standing up to the overbearing and oversensitive Muslim world community. It is a shame that such a peurile and unintellectual vehicle should be the place where the print journalists of the world make their stand but it needs to be done. The world must show that they will not be cowed by fatwas and jihads against the faintest slights against anything Muslim. Lord knows we Christians receive far worse without much ado.

14 comments:

camojack said...

"I wanted to post a photo of the now-infamous Danish Newspaper (Jyllands Posten) cartoons, characterizing Mohammed (Prophet, D-Islam) in various unflattering ways. I couldn't find one."

Maybe THIS will help...

Beerme said...

camojack,

Well they certainly were interesting, but they weren't photos of the twelve cartoons which were commisioned by a Danish newspaper. Those are apparently only to be found in European newspapers. Americans are too timid to publish them or even put them up on a website.

I have read dozens of articles online about this flap and not seen even a fuzzy long-distance shot of the newspaper cartoons.

camojack said...

How 'bout THIS, then?

Man, do I have to do ALL the work 'round here?! :-)

camojack said...

THESE are better...

camojack said...

Incidentally, if you scroll down, they're also in the first link I sent.

Beerme said...

Hank,

That is just the point isn't it. You can't say boo to these idjits without having a jihad on your hands. I commend the many European newspapers who stood up for free speech in their stand of solidarity (posting the cartoons).

I thoroughly enjoyed the Malkin link, thanks!

SGT USMC 1ea said...

Beerme,
As I stated earlier of SF, One does not need to view kiddie porn in order to condemn it. One can take the opinion of someone they respect and form an opinion just like I avoided seeing Alexander based upon an informed SF opinion. I sent a very nicely worded document to NBC based upon the reality of it's contents reported from somebody (at AFA) who had seen it and I am glad the show did so poorly and was pulled.
It is a nice contrast about the Arab reaction with guns and riots vs the Christian reaction with words and reason. I agree with you totally about the arab reaction to "The Book of Mohommad" as it would be copletely rabid and disproportionate.


Deus est Semper Fidelis

Beerme said...

Thanks, Sar...er, Sgt.

BTW, Yours is one of the opinions I respect at SF and I haven't seen the show or Alexander, either. I would not want to see children watching some of these shows and being pulled into a morally degenerate position, before they are able to mature enough to make informed decisions. That said, it is the parents who must ensure that their children get the information they need and the guidance they need to avoid these pitfalls.

As for adults, they can make their own decisions and I feel that their decisions are none of my business, most of the time. I frankly don't care what they watch or if a particular show is available for them to watch.

camojack said...

Speaking of Mohammed...

Maggie said...

Cousin Beerme,

John Gibson read an email on his show yesterday which said that the American press had no problems publishing pictures of Abu Ghraib(sp?)and endangering the lives of our soldiers."None Dare Call it Treason".

Beerme said...

Maggie,

So true! They are not afraid of patriots or conservatives. They are afraid of Muslims and their jihads and of being called "culturally insensitive"...

Hawkeye® said...

Hey Beerme,

Here's a link to the cartoons at Michelle Malkin's site...

Cartoons

Beerme said...

Hawkeye,

I should have known Michelle Malkin would be all over this! In October, no yet!

Thanks for the link.

benning said...

I watched the bloody thing. Figgered, why not? See what the uproar (which barely existed!) was about.

Sheer boredom. These were cardboard figures with no depth, and stereotyped personalities. I had no intention of watching it again. And I won't! LOL

Love to see one of the Networks announce that they are doing a sitcom on Muhammed, just to see the reaction. Who would not 'get' Islam then?