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Funny? No. Politically incorrect? Definitely. The video apparently hasn’t yet drawn an angry response from any Islamists themselves. It was many months after their initial publication before the Danish cartoons gathered momentum as a manufactured controversy; Leary’s video has already been out for years, but since there is no direct representation of Allah or Mohammed therein, perhaps there’s not enough blasphemy for fundamentalist outrage.
Nonetheless, suggesting a direct linkage between terrorism and Islam has apologists for the Religion of Peace up in arms. It has incurred cries of “Islamophobia!” from the totalitarian left, who revel in Bill Maher’s anti-Christian hate speech but are humorless when their sacred cows such as Islam are mocked. Islamophobia Watch, run by two non-Muslim socialists, denounced it as “a jaw-droppingly Islamophobic video… Apparently crude anti-Muslim stereotyping is fine with Leary.” Apparently crude anti-Christian stereotyping is fine with them, though, because they don’t complain about that aspect of the video.
Someone at the more mainstream New York magazine online called it “severely offensive” and “messed up.” Another website dismissed it as a “particularly xenophobic one-note joke,” although at least they acknowledged that Leary is an “equal opportunity offender.” Indeed, an unapologetic Denis Leary’s Twitter response to the controversy was “If I produced a cartoon about a pedophile priest it wouldn’t mean all Catholics are pedophiles. Just the priests.” Editor John Nolte at Big Hollywood notes that those who are offended by the video’s so-called “Islamophobia” are predictably silent about its mocking of Christianity. He denounces the hypocrites thusly:
Screaming “Islamophobia,” “xenophobia,” “homophobia,” “bullying,” or anything of the like, is just the cowards’ way of telling the satirist to shut up. Repressive tolerance. These awful people hide their desire to silence free speech with the not-so-velvet hammer of political correctness.
Indeed. The Islamists constitute our greatest threat to free speech today, thanks to Secretary of State Clinton’s accommodation of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation’s efforts to criminalize defamation of religion. But where they themselves fail to clamp down on perceived offenses like Leary’s video, the complicit left can be counted on to pick up the slack and carry on beating the drums of “Islamophobia.”
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To get the whole story on how and why the Left is weakening us in the face of the jihadist assault, read Jamie Glazov’s book, United in Hate: The Left’s Romance with Tyranny and Terror.
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