Muhammad Cartoons Everywhere


With last Thursday’s “Everybody Draw Muhammad Day,” which began on Facebook but spread to anti-jihad sites all over the Internet, Muhammad cartoons are now everywhere — and Muslims are outraged. The government of Pakistan shut down Facebook and YouTube, but that didn’t pacify the thousands of Pakistanis who took to the streets to protest against drawings of Muhammad that they could not have seen even if they had wanted to.

One protester held a sign bearing a threat: “Facebook, do not try our patience/STOP your coward activity.” Others shared a large banner reading: “We are ready to sacrifice on [sic] our beloved holy prophet.”

So far there have been no new riots or killings to rival the immediate aftermath of the publication of the original cartoons of Muhammad in a Danish newspaper in September 2005. After the Organization of the Islamic Conference decided at its meeting in Mecca in December 2005 to use the cartoons as an object lesson in the perils of Western secularism, Islamic rage against the cartoons began to boil over all around the world. At least 139 people were killed and 823 were injured over the next few months in Muslim riots against the cartoons.

Another, perhaps even more ominous response to those cartoons was the beginning of the OIC’s anti-free speech campaign — an attempt to compel the West to criminalize criticism of Islam and accept Sharia restrictions on non-Muslims speaking about Islam. In 2008, the Secretary General of the OIC, Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu, issued a peremptory threat of his own: “We sent a clear message to the West regarding the red lines that should not be crossed” regarding free speech about Islam and jihad terrorism.

Yet while the government and media elites in America and Europe have generally rushed to show how willing, even eager, they are to show that they will not cross those red lines, their supine response to this assault on free speech has created a backlash among free people. It is worth bearing in mind the “Everybody Draw Muhammad Day” would never have aroused much interest among anyone if cartoons of Muhammad didn’t arouse Muslims worldwide to homicidal rage and attempts to restrict the freedom of speech.

While it may in other circumstances simply be obnoxious, or legitimately (not to say to an extent justifying murder) offensive to lampoon someone else’s cherished religious leader, the Muslim reaction to Infidel cartoons of Muhammad is entirely itself responsible for the interest Infidels have in lampooning the Islamic prophet in the first place. If Christians had reacted to Andres Serrano’s Piss Christ or Chris Ofili’s dung-encrusted portrait of the Virgin Mary with the same murderous outrage with which Muslims greeted the cartoons of Muhammad, the West would be experiencing a glut of pictures blaspheming Christ and Christianity.

It is, in the first place, an irresistible human impulse to tweak the humorless and self-important; it can in many cases also be a healthy safeguard against tyranny. The figure that cannot be mocked or ridiculed is the one that holds all the cards, all the power. Opposition, dissent, free exchange of ideas depend upon the ability to cause offense without taking one’s life in one’s hands. That’s why the Muhammad cartoons published last week all over the Internet were not an exercise in obnoxiousness or gratuitous offense. They are, rather, the foremost battleground in the defense of the freedom of speech today. Every newspaper in the country should be printing them today, to show they are not cowed and will defend free speech.

It is useful to recall some of the earliest reactions to Cartoon Rage: Carsten Juste, the editor-in-chief of Jyllands-Posten, the Danish newspaper that published the original Muhammad cartoons, refused to apologize for publishing them: “We live in a democracy. That’s why we can use all the journalistic methods we want to. Satire is accepted in this country, and you can make caricatures. Religion shouldn’t set any barriers on that sort of expression. This doesn’t mean that we wish to insult any Muslims.” Cultural editor Flemming Rose concurred: “Religious feelings,” he declared, “cannot demand special treatment in a secular society. In a democracy one must from time to time accept criticism or becoming a laughingstock.”

And so now with “Everybody Draw Muhammad Day,” the prophet of Islam has indeed become a laughingstock – albeit those who mocked him last week did so with what was ultimately a very serious purpose. The Muslims who fulminated against the cartoons have only themselves to thank – or curse.

  • Marcus

    In Feb. 2006, Muslim hypocrisy reached an all-time high: "Iranian paper launches Holocaust cartoon competition" i.e.http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/middl

    Arrogant imbeciles deserve no quarter or sympathy by the West. They mock themselves, not others. Every attempt to insult others, or to threaten others, becomes an assault upon Islam itself, by proving it has never changed, has not entered the modern age, and has no desire to. It shows no humility, no shame, no fear. If they want to remain in the stone age, I say "great idea!"

  • henry

    DO YOU GUYS UP THERE NEED TO KEEP JUSTIFYING AND EXPLAINING REASONS FOR THE INSULTING CARTOONS WE DRAW ABOUT MUSLIMS AND THEIR BIBLE OF MURDER AND INEQUALITY? PLEASE STOP! WHAT IF THEY BELIEVE YOU AND START ACTING CIVILIZED FOR A WHILE AND WE LOSE OUR CHANCE TO GO TO BLOODY WAR WITH THEM? WHEN ONE HAS A BIBLE THAT SAYS MURDER AND INJUSTICE ARE HOLY AND GOD WILL LOVE YOU FOR SUCH BEHAVIOR, NOTHING ELSE IS POSSIBLE EXCEPT WAR AGAINST SUCH MURDERING SAVAGERY! DON' T SPOIL OUR CHANCE – WAR IS INEVITABLE – LET IT BEGIN!

  • gulshanRasool

    the original Problem is our desires, , it cannot bear God's rule, simply the best.
    this is passion of fear that is make us insecure like Arabs when Muhammad starts the Preaching of islam the y were in self-doubting about what will be role in future of there-self, so they were great enemy of muhammad, but bye the time to time 95% found the brightness bye the education and preaching, islam is really hard follow because it order to obey rule of God. it is very difficult to search the right muslims,.

    • henry

      The Koran clearly calls for the murders of innocent human beings – and it clearly calls for those who will not believe in the Koran to become third class citizens forever. So, unless you stop believing that every word of the bible koran is absolutely true, you must harm me and my children and everyone like me – it is inevitable – Don't say it is not! So, you will hate me and mine because I will never bend to the dead book called the Koran Bible. So, lets have a war now – why wait? We are destined to war until you destroy my bible completely – or we destroy the Koran forever. We all want this war – we want to war with you now – but so far you have been too weak to justify a real war against all of you – we need you to be stronger and more successful so it will look like a real war – please, get it together – do something really big so all of your enemies finally realize that they must fight you Muslims to the death, or else watch you muslims slowly saw the heads off of our little children until we are no more. Loose the Dogs of War – Our Lady of Guadalupe will lead us!

      • gulshanRasool

        yes but civilized USA direct bombing on Pakistani villagers and nuclear bombing on japans ppl. in iraq afghanistan, and full respect to the lady also her child under18 they jaild under 18 2 boys and 1 girl, look at afia…. she is terrorist hahaah use of woman for money on sex websites yes this is freedom.

        • xman

          It certainly is time we stopped paying jizya to ungrateful parasites like you. The Japanese started a war against the US by bombing Pearl; harbor in a sneak attack, and the atiom bombs were dropped on japan to mend the war in an instant. The only regret is that we didn't have atom bombs in 1942 or 1943, then we could have knocked out both Nazi Germany and Imperial Japan in days and saved millions of lives. Of course, you have nothing to say about Muslim terrorists who inhabit both Iraq and Afghanistan, and indeed Pakistan because you're a heartless barbarian who is on their side. I won't cry if a Hellfiree missile locks on hateful and ungrateful trash like yourself. It'll be good riddance to bad rubbish. And what a waste of good Western-developed vaccines (often invented by Jews) to keep subhumans like yourself free from disease – other than the disease of Islam.

  • kellys cove

    send your cartoons to
    Muslim Student Association
    San Francisco State University, the educator of Arafat's number 2;
    msasfsu@yahoo.com

  • henry

    The Koran clearly calls for the murders of innocent human beings – and it clearly calls for those who will not believe in the Koran to become third class citizens forever. So, unless you stop believing that every word of the bible koran is absolutely true, you must harm me and my children and everyone like me – it is inevitable – Don't say it is not! So, you will hate me and mine because I will never bend to the dead book called the Koran Bible. So, lets have a war now – why wait? We are destined to war until you destroy my bible completely – or we destroy the Koran forever. We all want this war – we want to war with you now – but so far you have been too weak to justify a real war against all of you – we need you to be stronger and more successful so it will look like a real war – please, get it together – do something really big so all of your enemies finally realize that they must fight you Muslims to the death, or else watch you muslims slowly saw the heads off of our little children until we are no more. Loose the Dogs of War – Our Lady of Guadalupe will lead us!

  • Dr. Wacyf Ghali

    Amazing they can call Jews pigs and Christians who knows what else, but they have to hide behind "wizzle" words. They have no clue of what decency means. That is the problem when people are in denial. Hooray for freedom of the press and freedom of religion. Wish I could say that of certain countries of the Middle East and elsewhere where churches and synagogues either exist under ground or not at all because they are banned.

    • xman

      Yep, those same Jews and Christians who developed the vaccines and medicines that keep Muslims alive because Muslims are too uneducated and lazy to learn anything useful, only to fall victim to these same evil Muslims.

  • sflbib

    Why not use Islam to fight Islam? Since the Koran is considered holy by Muslims, we
    could have some private organization [since the government would never do
    it] print, microfilm, or microchip billions of tiny Korans [in Arabic of
    course since, according to Muslims, that's the only valid Koran] and have
    the people hide multiple copies of them everywhere, and I mean EVERYWHERE
    … every building, airport, airplane, bridge, railway, national monument
    … everywhere. An attempt to blow up anything will risk blowing up Korans
    also.

    Problem solved.

  • sane person

    Muhammad was a frickin PEDOPHILE!! He "married" a six year old. HE DESERVES TO BE RIDICULED!!!! And ANY RELIGION that glorifies CHILD ABUSE IS WRONG!! PERIOD.

  • Shel Zahav

    Muslims play their idiot call to prayer over loudspeakers at 4:30 am and they disturb others. Muslims cause all of us to undergo airport security measures. Muslims riot. Muslims hijack airplanes. Muslims murder in the name of their religion (actually, Islam is more like a Nazi political creed with a religion thrown in). Muslims denigrate the religions of others but expect others to respect theirs. Muslims call to genocide. Muslims commit terror acts in over 75 countries.

  • http://ritestuff.blogspot.com Karl

    Talk show host Mike Gallagher says those who participated in "Everybody Draw Muhammed Day" crossed the line. He also cited the case of the Crucifix in urine, pointing out how offended Christians were by the piece.

    Well, OK, Muslims have demanded that no one draw any images of Muhammed. That's fine. But when they tacked on "or else!" then they crossed the line.

    "Everybody Draw Muhammed Day" is simply the civilized world's way of pushing them back over the line.

  • john sharp

    ISALAM IS NOT FREEDOM
    IT IS SLAVERY

    • mahdi

      You killer of prophets ( antichrist ) worship the only SATAN who beleives in freedom, your ancestors are people killers, you killed originated people in america ( indians ) you don't like god nor prophets nor peace, all you love is power bombs, and domination…materialism, sex and money.
      Just look at the Jerry Springer Show where children fuck their mothers, lesbians, gays…
      I think there must be religion because if you american dominate us ( the planet ) there will be no mercy on the world, only war, like in israel, your brothers israelies who kills children and womens, is this your freedom ( human rights )???
      Do you really think god will accept that the human civilisation be like this,( inferior american bestials ) ohh godly americans, i dont think so, there must be some kind of justice, we beleive in jesus, we beleive that jesus will come back on earth from heavens, since jesus or mohammed are prophets they talk about peace and mercy ( one only god ), but they hate the offenders of the world, who uses their knowledge to kill inferiors ( United Devil Nations )
      If they'll be the 3rd world war, it will be of your fault idiots, i think that civilisation is going to the bottomless pit because of american culture where everything is allowed for the powerfull, where some american companies dominates the whole planet ( materialism ), where the difference between the rich and the poor is extraordinary, in palestine some people eat their clothes, in all world people go to disko, drink vodka and fuck all night
      ( american culture )…
      AMERICAN CULTURE IS NOT FREEDOM
      IT IS SALVERY ( 666 )

      • john sharp

        i cannot kill gods
        for they do not exist .
        all counties have issues
        there is no devils no god s
        make love not war
        religious matters kills more than others
        in europe there is peace and social harmony
        the french revolution helped the poor be middle class
        still some are stinky rich that is wrong but 80% is ok

  • The Beast >:D

    You killer of prophets ( antichrist ) worship the only SATAN who beleives in freedom, your ancestors are people killers, you killed originated people in america ( indians ) you don't like god nor prophets nor peace, all you love is power bombs, and domination…materialism, sex and money.
    Just look at the Jerry Springer Show where children fuck their mothers, lesbians, gays…
    I think there must be religion because if you american dominate us ( the planet ) there will be no mercy on the world, only war, like in israel, your brothers israelies who kills children and womens, is this your freedom ( human rights )???
    Do you really think god will accept that the human civilisation be like this,( inferior american bestials ) ohh godly americans, i dont think so, there must be some kind of justice, we beleive in jesus, we beleive that jesus will come back on earth from heavens, since jesus or mohammed are prophets they talk about peace and mercy ( one only god ), but they hate the offenders of the world, who uses their knowledge to kill inferiors ( United Devil Nations )
    If they'll be the 3rd world war, it will be of your fault idiots, i think that civilisation is going to the bottomless pit because of american culture where everything is allowed for the powerfull, where some american companies dominates the whole planet ( materialism ), where the difference between the rich and the poor is extraordinary, in palestine some people eat their clothes, in all world people go to disko, drink vodka and fuck all night
    ( american culture )…
    AMERICAN CULTURE IS NOT FREEDOM
    IT IS SLAVERY ( 666 )

    • The Beast >:D

      Allahou Akbar = God is the greatest

  • MALIK

    IN KE TEHZEB KHUD HE APNAY KHANGER SE KHUDKUSHI KARAY GE.Dr ALLAMA MUHAMMAD IQBAL

  • mohamad abidin bin abas

    i agree with jbtrevor. what insult? in MALAYSIA those bastards force non believers to convert and marry the muslim girl if you are caught together with them. those bastards put so much rulings such as selling pork in enclosed shop, no pork allow in public places, putting all prayers signs even in private properties like hotels and private hospitals. those bastards also force the private sectors like foreign owned factories to built/provide prayer places for muslim workers to pray. the factories are even forced to allow the muslim workers to take off for friday prayers with full pay.
    these are the so called muslims who are just and tolerant and peaceful beings.

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  • gulshanrasool

    very cute……. but u always broke and u always kill ppl like u kill Japanese ppl with nuclear bomb. keep mouthing, we are not killer,, u give funds to al qaida for 9/11 cia ,alqaida and west is one team

  • gsw

    Actually, almost NOBODY who was involved in the Manhattan project is still alive – whereas those torturing, raping and killing in the name of al'lah are very much alive and well.

    Despise them if you dare – I do.