Posts Tagged ‘muhammad cartoon’

Muhammad Controversy 2.0

April 23, 2010

Man, here we are again. A new muhammad depiction controversy.

This time it’s south park (or rather; the creators of south park) who are being threatened to silence.

The great thing about this is that noone can acuse the south park creators of exclusively targeting muslims or muhammad for ridicule – judaism and christianity has certainly been mocked good and well – as has Scientology in an episode not aired (if you google it, you’ll see…) due to the controversy.

Of course it is only Islam that has a problem with depiction – but really, it is so obvious that by the very nature of South Park they MUST be disrespectful to any group that claim to know the truth, and want to set up boudaries for free speech – you cannot in any way acuse the creators of south park for being racist, islamophobic because they have this episode. They really would be racist if they did not have an episode like this – then they would treat muslims as if they were expecting them to behave like psycotic savages, rather than as civilized as the most extreme among Christians and Jews…

By the way, I think they were going too easy on the muslims and Muhammad…

But I respect that the creators did it, even though their broadcasting company has now constrained their freedom of speech on this issue – as long as it is not self-imposed self-censorship by the creators, I respect it. I once heard a journalist say that he tried hard not to censor himself – that’s what he had an editor for….

“Murder those who say Islam is violent”

January 22, 2010

Kurt Westergaard ‘the Muhammad Cartoonist’ was recently the subject of attempted murder – a guy showed up at his address with an axe, shouting death-threats and breaking in.

The cartoonist (an old man) survived by locking himself into a panic room, and alerting the police.  (for more, see HERE)

But what is the logic behind attacking Kurt Westergaard?

When devout muslims are attacking an old man in the name of Islam, does it somehow disprove the notion that some muslims are willing to commit violence in the name of Islam?

I wish this was some sort of jaded hipster joke..

So, if any foreign Muslims are reading this, here’s a little message:

All we want in Denmark is really just to be able to say and discuss what we want – in Denmark it is actually legal to deny the holocaust or to be a nazi… or to be an extremist muslim. The christian church and Jesus have been the subject of countless smears in Denmark over the last couple of decades, so have various strands of Christianity, such as the Jehovas Witnesses.

We simply are accepting you in our society, and treating you as equals, by expecting you to be able to take a little friendly debate as adults (for the record: adults protest in many ways, but NOT by beheading their opponent).

We really have no wish or intention of controlling what mindless and horrible stuff you print in your papers, or discuss at home or in your Mosques. Say what you want (you probably already are) about Denmark and the Danish people – we really aren’t that hurt by it. We have no desire to control or censor you – is it unreasonable to expect the same in return?

I also have this to say to any muslim regarding the cartoon: Muhammad has been depicted numerous times before, also in Islamic countries. It is a historical fact. If you are a believer, then would not the Allah take care of the punishment?

(Final note: in an unrelated case to the actual murder attempt, two other men are charged with planning/conspiring to murder Kurt Westergaard – see HERE – so the intention of killing the cartoonist can’t really be shrugged off as ‘the act of a single crazy guy’)

New version of fitna

April 7, 2008

Geert Wilders has released a new version of Fitna the movie – watch it HERE.

The new version is by an large identical to the previous one, only the famous Muhammad-with-a-bomb-in-his-turban cartoon has been removed, by request of the cartoonist Kurt Westergaard – however the movie contains a similar drawing of Muhammad with a bomb.