The Cartoonphobia War Goes On


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On July 15th, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton spoke on freedom of expression at the Organization of Islamic Cooperation’s meeting on Combating Religious Intolerance. The religious intolerance in the title is not practiced by Muslims against Christians in Pakistan, Egypt and Malaysia, of course, but that of Muslims being offended by cartoons of a bearded man wielding a sword.

Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu, the Secretary General of the OIC, had previously said that the Mohammed cartoons were the Muslim world’s version of September 11 and called for punitive action against cartoonist Lars Vilks.

Human Rights Council draft resolution (A/HRC/4/L.12) actually demanded that states prohibit the dissemination of xenophobic ideas aimed at any religion.  If taken literally this would lead to a ban on the Koran. Their aim however was not the Koran, but the cartoon.

Now Hillary Clinton is racking up a victory for supposedly getting the OIC to back off its war against freedom of expression. In remarks at the Center for Islamic Arts and History, she thanked the OIC for getting behind Resolution 1618, which stops short of asking states to criminalize dissent against Islam, but does implicitly express support for criminalizing attacks on the Burqa (6b) and profiling (6d) and blurs the lines between illegal violence and legal hostility (3).

This blurring of the lines has been at the heart of the OIC’s campaign. The term Islamophobia is meant to conflate criticism of Islam with violence against Muslims. With the long term aim of banning both.

“We cannot and must not ignore the implications of hate speech and incitement of discrimination and violence.” Ihsanoglu’s statement at the meeting followed that same track. And Resolution 1618 follows a slower course to the same destination.

For the OIC and Ihsanoglu, Resolution 1618 is not an end point, but  the beginning of a process of “sustained and structured engagement” meant to yield policy options. Those policy options will drop a heavy curtain over freedom of expression.

By linking satirical cartoons, law enforcement profiling, critical articles and violent attacks and by classifying them all as Islamophobia, and convincing nations to tackle them together under the category of hate crimes and discrimination, the assault on freedom of expression will be indirect and at the same time extremely effective. Just follow the “implications”.

In her remarks, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton spoke of, “the false divide that pits religious sensitivities against freedom of expression.” But there is nothing false about that divide to the OIC, whose position has always been that freedom of expression cannot take precedence over religious values. If the divide were actually false, the issue would never have come up to begin with.

The OIC’s own Cairo Declaration on Human Rights in Islam states in Article 22 that, “Everyone shall have the right to express his opinion freely in such manner as would not be contrary to the principles of the Shari’ah.” It concedes that information is important, but warns that it may not be used to undermine the “dignity of Prophets” or weaken the faith.

Is the OIC about to retract or modify that declaration as a result of Hillary Clinton’s visit? Obviously not. She didn’t  change its agenda or its emphasis on the supremacy of Islamic law. But then the point of the process is not to bring the OIC into line with Western norms, but to bring the West in line with Islamic norms.

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  • frustratedRN

    Useful Idiot.

    • sharpsrifle

      Right track, but wrong diagnosis: She's an idiot, yes, but hardly useful. She's more of an active traitor…just like the rest of her rotten party.

    • attila the hun

      she's more than useful idiot, she's evil to the core. America still lucky, can anyone image what U.S would look like under Hilary administration. Although the guy in WH is no better
      but at least he's a fool who can't hide who he is.

      • WilliamJamesWard

        Islam can have her and you know the first thing they will do is stick her
        sick head in a black sack and then the black death robe for the rest of
        the hag. You know Islam is almost all fault but with Hillary in a black bag
        I realize the garb only accents her insides……………………..William

  • Chezwick_mac

    This issue – free speech/critical scrutiny of Islam – is ground zero in the war for civilization. Should we capitulate, we will be ideologically neutered and our defeat is a certainty.

    Let's face it folks, we're not going to win this thing out on the rocky wastelands of Afghanistan. If we're going to win at all, it will be in the schools and universities, the newsrooms, the publishing houses and the blogs. And as we all know, I'm talking about enemy territory.

    And what is the preferred methodology for struggle?

    Thorough exposition – through the popular culture – of 1) the profound intolerance promulgated in Islam's core texts and 2) the pronounced moral failings of Islam's prophet (so comprehensively documented in the Hadith and Sira). We have one thing the enemy doesn't: THE TRUTH!…based on his OWN scripture! This is why he is so hell-bent on silencing us.

    Our goal?

    Tearing down the edifice of lies Islam has been built around…until that not-so-impossible day when Muslims themselves are shamed by their beliefs…and that the steady drip of apostasy from the faith that we see today gradually builds into a tidal wave. Yes, encouraging apostasy from Islam must be our resolute goal.

    It's not beyond the realm of possibility, but it will never happen if we succumb to speech codes and voluntary censorship. We have to rediscover who we are and what we stand for if we're ever going to offer Muslims any real, viable alternative to the stultifying chains that currently define them as "slaves of Allah."

    Freedom has an allure for man…as intrinsic as eating, breathing and sleeping. Let's not under-estimate it.

    • Rather Dan

      Thanks Chezwick Thats exactly the kind of strategy we need Count me in.

    • nina

      Good luck, if you mean that we will "tear down the edifice of lies" and the muslims will accept our version. They are quite hardened in their positions as they are brought up to feel that they are always right, and anyone else is wrong. You are making the same mistake that you accuse the left of making. That is engage in wishful thinking. So let's forget the dream of persuading muslims that their way of life is wrong. What we have to do, is concentrate on persuading the west ; our intelligentsia, the youth, our neigbors, etc. Only by making the West impregnable to the muslims' blandishments and their perverting the truth, can we win.

  • MikeWood

    Chezwick_max: absolutely spot on. You set out the territory very clearly. We have to win this war of ideas. The truth is our ultimate weapon.

  • davarino

    Right on Chez. Freedom of speech was not designed to protect polite speech, otherwise there would be no need for it. No, Freedom of speech was designed to protect impolite speech, even speech you dont agree with or like. Its amazing how the left can twist and convolute ideas and rights in such a way that they believe all things and nothing at the same time.

  • StephenD

    No need to add a thing. Chez says it best. One idea if you will; Like Christian "Tracks" we used to see that tell a simple story, is there a way to mass produce some explanatory piece for mass consumption that may be passed around and evoke discussion for Muslims (to encourage apostasy) and for non-Muslims (explaining its lies)? I think an approach like this may have benefits. It will at least get the ball rolling and take the discussion to the “everyman” on the street.

    • Chezwick_mac

      Good idea Stephen. I think simply culling the most "colorful" quotes from the Quran, Hadith and Sirat Rasul would be the best approach under the heading: "What is Islam?"

      For example…

      From the Hadith collection of Bukari, we could have 'quotes from the prophet'…

      "Women are deficient in intelligence and religion"

      "He who discards his Islamic religion, kill him"

      Other quotes from Bukari's collection…

      Narrated Aisha:

      "The prophet married her when she was six and consummated the marriage when she was nine"

      From the Quran…

      4.34 "As for those women whom you fear disobedience…beat them"

      5.51 "Believers, take neither Christians or Jews for your friends"

      From the Sirat Rasul, we could recount his murder of a pregnant poetess (Marwan) in order to silence her…and the torture of the Jewish Khaibar leader (Kinana) in order to obtain his treasure.

      We would diligently point out that all quotes were sourced back to Islam's sacred texts.

      • Ordinary Joe

        "Women are deficient in intelligence and religion"
        "He who discards his Islamic religion, kill him"
        Other quotes from Bukari's collection…
        Narrated Aisha:
        "The prophet married her when she was six and consummated the marriage when she was nine"
        From the Quran…
        4.34 "As for those women whom you fear disobedience…beat them"
        5.51 "Believers, take neither Christians or Jews for your friends"

        These would all make excellent ads. It would be an antidote to the ads that are going up about Jesus being a prophet of Islam.

  • Tziona

    I agree with Cheswick_mac, but I think we can simplify the baseline down to 'the right to dissent' all freedoms stem from that, freedom of speech, freedom of conscience, etc. all boil down to the right to hold and declare a different opinon. No totalitarian doctrine can tolerate dissention, and Islam is just one of many totalitarian systems, it has lasted longer than most totalitarian systems because it imbues its founder with a holiness absent in other totalitarian doctrine (can you imagine Stalin as a holyman? Mao was closer but still missed the mark).

    But Mohammed is Islam's weak point and Muslims know it; that's why they protect his meme (his mindworm, his djinn – that concept of him each Muslim has buried in his mind that would be altered if there images of him) with murderous violence. Islamic indocrination requires each Muslim to meld that Mohammed mindworm with their own self-image, images of Muhammed would brake the internalising by making him external. Islam wants each Muslim to be a psychological clone of Muhammed, anything that might put a spanner in the works of their indocrination techniques enrages them.

    Dissent would break the Islamic utopian fantasy machine.

    • Stephen_Brady

      Chez, as usual, wrote a beautifully-stated mini-essay, above. But you have hit the nail on the head.

      I once asked a Muslim "friend" … a co-worker … what he thought Muhammed looked like. He started pacing back and forth, went from his usual jolly self to a sullen, angry-looking man, and then literally yelled, "We don't talk about such things!" It was as if describing Muhammed verbally would have been a depiction of him.

      After thought, I came to the conclusion that his reaction was more psychological than religiously-based.

    • nina

      As I said, dream on. Phylosophying about Islam has brought us to this point. We should know better. Yes, they are indoctrinated. What Islam wanted, Islam got from its enslaved masses. We have to understand that and act accordingly.

  • C. J. Law

    The Cairo Declaration states that ALL human beings are “united by their subordination to Allah”. This statement could not be more clear about the goals of this mind control freak show that is Islam. All of this over a set of cartoons? Islam called it their 9/11? cartoons? The South Park guys under the pressure of death threats from Islam had to change Mohammeds cartoon image to a cartoon bear, and still the death threats did not stop. Freedom of expression? not here not now and more than likely NEVER when it comes to Islam. Brute force and no tolerance for any form of Jihad is the only way, a cold fact but a real truth. This all will not end well for the western world and freedom if we do not wake up fast.

  • Clare

    Yes, there is a "tract". I would like to ask Pamela Geller if she could turn her bus ad into a hand out for leafleting. I know right where to go in my city of Seattle. If I could get several people to go with me, I'd be a leafleting maniac and I think this ad would be very effective for this purpose. Pamela Geller reminded us that WE are the soldiers of our communities. I have a lot of other ideas, too, for our state. If we could organize SIOA chapters, I'd join mine for Washington state in a heartbeat.

  • LindaRivera

    Will telling the truth of Muslim venomous hate for non-Muslims become a crime to be severely punished?

    Will SWEDEN'S SUFFERING be America's future?
    Sweden is being destroyed. A low intensity civil war has already started. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QILt8mnZnMs&fe

    Out of time: Radical Islam Taking Over Europe & West http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ocU5x_03MDM&fe

    The Death of Europe. Muslim Demographics http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6-3X5hIFXYU&fe

  • LindaRivera

    Mainstream media betrays all non-Muslims by refusing to expose the dreadful crime of Muslims and betray innocent children who should be protected by Western governments and are not. Western governments are guilty of allowing great suffering.

    British Schoolgirl's Testimony – Muslims Threaten Children With Violence & Rape Outside School Daily http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=24cg_pnpZJE

    Mothers and fathers and the entire nation should rise up against this horrific crime against British children!

    A nation's leadership that refuses to protect its own children is a nation that cannot survive.

  • LindaRivera

    Horrifying and Evil. The utter horror of kidnapped Christian children. Little Christian girls repeatedly raped. Christian boys lives forever destroyed by cruel Muslims who are determined to make the children exactly like they are:

    Quran School: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Jwii8QihT0&fe

    Who will rescue the children?

    It is war. A war that has been going on for 1,400 years. Founder of Islam, huge slave trader, Mohammad, murdered/beheaded 700 Jewish men because of the Jews' love for, and allegiance to G-D. The Jews refused to follow another god and the new religion of Mohammad. The Jews' wives and children were seized for slaves to lives of living hell.

  • LindaRivera

    To Clare,

    You could use the youtube references I gave above and also this one on a flier. Is this America's future?
    http://www.pi-news.org/2010/08/whoever-kills-a-po

    “Whoever Kills A Police Officer Enters Paradise”

    Author: Michael Stürzenberger Publication: Pi-News.org Date: August 20, 2010

    This statement is on the wall in the Göteborg suburb Hisingen. It is not randomly painted there, rather it is part of a program. In this video, young Muslims say that the police “should not play Allah.” In their neighborhoods, state authority holds no way. Muslims are the ones who decide. The consequence: violence, vandalism, burning automobiles, attacks against police, firemen and paramedics.

  • Rather Dan

    We should also have tracts and or ads of inspiring quotes expressing Western values For example this would look good on the side of a bus:

    “Husbands, love youw wives, even as Christ loved the church, and gave himself up for her” -Your Bible

    Or this from Shakespeare:

    “Dost thou think, because thou art virtuous, there shall be no more cakes and ale?”

    We need a more coordinated organization. Meanwhile, remember that this is a cultural war, so anything that celebrates the West is good for the battle.

  • johnnywoods

    I quickly want to say that I reject the term"Islamophobia"as it implies "fear of Islam" which I do not. I simply despise it. It is a false religion that worships a demon, not a god, and was founded by an illiterate buffoon as it`s prophet. I had to get that out before Witch Hillary and the Lefties make it illegal.

  • Ordinary Joe

    You're right johnnywoods, it should be "islamopathy" or where islam makes you sick to your stomach. I personally am islamopathic.

  • Ordinary Joe

    It`s true LindaRivera, there are things in the koran hadith and sunna that are enough to freeze your soul.

  • Geddy

    The Clinton's are certainly consistent. Hil is on her knees just like hubby taught. America is finished. Done. Irreversibly destroyed from within. Write the epitaph. Islam rules and it is just a matter of when it takes over. Christians do not care anymore. We wait for God to do something for us because we are so afraid of hurting those cute little brown people and their pagan god pof pedophilia.

  • welldoneson

    Islam has spent its entire history proving it doesn't get along well with others.
    Given that our political "leaders" MUST know that history, one has to ask the
    question "why do our governments insist on trying to get along with Islam?"

  • Ordinary Joe

    These would all make good bus stop advertisements:

    "Women are deficient in intelligence and religion" -the Koran

    "He who discards his Islamic religion, kill him" -the Koran

    "The prophet married Aisha when she was six and consummated the marriage when she was nine" -Bukari of Islam

    "As for those women whom you fear disobedience…beat them" -the Koran

    "Believers, take neither Christians or Jews for your friends" -the Koran

    That would beat the “Jesus is a prophet of Islam` campaign that`s going on.

  • Ordinary Joe

    How about this:

    God made Adam and Eve.
    He did not make Adam and Eve and Trudy and Cindy and Prue.

    Or this:

    And Adam said, This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man. –Your Bible

  • Ordinary Joe

    "Mohammed is Islam's weak point"

    This is key Tziona.

    They worship Mohammad maybe even more than Allah. Yet Mohammad has a self-admitted horrendous biography. They didn`t know in those days that butchery would be out of style when they were bragging about it. Maybe there is no God but God, but Mohammad was NOT his prophet.

    The truth about Mohammad is their weak point.

  • taxpayer

    Yet muslims teach their young that Jews are pigs and monkeys.

  • Ronald W. Carnine

    It is not hate speech to speak out against Islam. It is freedom of expression. The muslims need to realize that poking fun at Mohammed is going to continue no matter what they say. Christians have endured many slams against Jesus, including cartoons, articles and art. That is just part of being free. Even though I may not like it, it goes with the territory. When Mohammed's life is examined there is much to criticize, child rape, taking his daughter in law as a bride, robbery, murder, special dispensations that apply only to his lusts, and so forth. Add to that, he was a very poor prophet, unable to tell the difference between what God says and what the devil says. To put his life next to Jesus is going to result in his appearing in a very bad light.. I would suggest reading "The Moral Glory of Jesus Christ as Proof of Inspiration" (find it online by typing in the title). Then read almost any legitimate biography of Mohammed. If that doesn't help you come up with several cartoons of your own, there is no hope for you!

  • MaoYing

    Islam is not a religion, it is a political movement. A very dangerous political movement at that. Consequently, it needs to be squished (squashed) like the bug it is. I say the hell with worrying about criticizing Islam and just squish it. Squish the bug, squish the bug, squish the bug. Such a thing would be fairly great I must say, and, hopefully we all would be done with Islam after it was squished (squashed) into a pancake of a glob of goo.

  • Dispozovdaburka

    I wish someone had given our brilliant strategists in our State Department
    and Hilary Clinton
    a course in
    Islam 101,
    before they decided to sell us out to the Saudi's.
    I can't wait to see Michelle and Hillary wearing burkas.
    For them an improvement.

  • Fred Baehr

    Why don't we skip the prelims and get to the meat of this thing? We who believe in free speech should burn all the hoky holy books in public, on the net, with pride in our freedom to do so. Collect them all! Be sure to include any you may believe in. Throw in whatever symbols of holiness you like (or don't like). Make whatever statement you wish in whatever terms seemeth good unto you, and torch off the whole mess in the name of liberty. I'd like to see a hundred thousand little freedom fires from coast to coast next September. Could be fun if we bring the hotdogs and beer. That would be an event worthy of defending with the 1st amendment (which you could also burn)(because you are free to do so). Be free. Burn all the stinking holy books!