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Feb 9 2006

Muslims Published Cartoons Last October

OK, now I'm ticked. I've got other things I want to blog about (Cox Bundled Services, Drew the Master Builder, Pa-Pa-Pa-Pringles), but noooo, the mainstream media continues to get the whole Muhammad cartoon story wrong or reports half the story or, even more frustrating, is trying to compete with the Muslims as to who lives by the greater double-standard. So...

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Front page of Al Fagr - note the teaser on the right

Did you know last October, during the height of Ramadan, the Egyptian Newspaper Al Fagr (Al Fager, Al Fajr) published the Muhammad cartoons that had been published just a month before in the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten? That's right, the same cartoons Muslims around the world are supposedly all upset about. And, you know what happened when the cartoons of Muhammad appeared in the Egyptian newspaper...absolutely nothing. There wasn't a single protest. No one was murdered. No buildings were burned. Nadda. Nothing.

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Enlarged date: October 17, 2005

Egypt has a population of 77.5 million of which 94% are Muslim and those are comprised mostly of conservative Sunni. Now if they weren't upset about the paper's publication of the imageless "prophet" then this whole Muslim uprising isn't really about the European papers' publishing the cartoons. This is further evidenced by the fact that news of Al Fagr's publication of the cartoons has now gone around the world and no other Muslim nation is calling for a boycott of Egyptian goods or burning Egyptian embassies or threatening to murder Egyptian newspaper editors.

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Muhammad Cartoons in Al Fagr

So what is all the fuss really about? Well, don't look for a rational reason. Any rational reason has been disproven. The people who are protesting, committing and threatening violence are irrational. They are driven by hatred, bloodlust, jealousy, ignorance and provoked by religious and political leaders who fear freedom and democracy because they know they will lose their power if such ideals ever took hold.

But, I haven't told you anything you didn't already know because you already heard it all in the mainstream press, ABCCBSNBCCNNPBS, right? Thought not.

So now that we know even in a Muslim nation, it's no big deal to publish cartoons of Muhammad, you've got to wonder why the American media still won't show them. CNN previously made this disclaimer:

"CNN has chosen to not show the cartoons in respect for Islam."

Now CNN makes this updated disclaimer:

"CNN is not showing the negative caricatures of the likeness of the Prophet Muhammad because the network believes its role is to cover the events surrounding the publication of the cartoons while not unnecessarily adding fuel to the controversy itself."

One wonders if CNN is so concerned about showing "respect" for religions and wanting to cover issues without "unnecessarily adding fuel to the controversy" then why in the past has it shown images of Piss Christ (crucifix submerged in urine) and the Virgin Mary made with cow dung? As to "negative caricatures," shouldn't the viewer make that decision...along the lines of "we report, you decide." CNN's disclaimer particularly makes no sense when at least three of the cartoons are not in any manner negative. CNN's own Lou Dobbs correctly pointed out that, "you cannot report the story faithfully without showing these images, particularly when they're so widely available on the Internet."

Likewise, the New York Times this week in reporting about The Power of Imagery continued its refusal to reprint the Muhammad cartoons but didn't hesitate to drag up a seven year old photo of the dung covered Virgin Mary. It seems to me like there's one standard for Islam, that isn't even followed in Muslim countries, and a different standard for Christianity.

While only a handful of American newspapers have printed the cartoons, I am extremely proud to say that the newspaper of my alma mater the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, the Daily Illini [see update below], has published a number of the cartoons recognizing:

"All across this nation, editors are gripped in fear of printing ... for fear of the reaction. As a journalist, this flies in the face of everything I hold dear. By refusing to print these editorial cartoons, we are preventing an important issue from being debated openly by the public.

If anything, journalists all over this country should be letting the public decide for themselves what to think of these cartoons.
***
Exercise your First Amendment right and don't be afraid to say something unpopular. As citizens, we have a right to use that freedom."

NOTE: Are you aware that when the "prophet" Muhammad was 54 years old he married one of his wives, Aisha, who was only 6 years old? Don't worry, he didn't consummate his marriage until she was 9 years old. Isn't there a word for that? To be fair, more liberal Shi'a Muslims for the most part refute that Aisha was nine at the time, while more conservative Sunni Muslims stand by the six and nine ages which came from Aisha herself.

[UPDATE:] It turns out the Daily Illini is just another spineless liberal rag without an ounce of journalistic integrity. The cartoons were published in the Daily Illini but only because of the courage and rational thought of the then Editor-In-Chief Acton Gorton and Opinions Editor Chuck Prochaska. Subsequently, Gorton was terminated on trumpeted up procedural grounds and Prochaska resigned. Worse yet, in a Stalinist tribute to their true beliefs, the Daily Illini erased any mention of the incident from their archives, requested Google do the same, and when later reporting on the cartoons and the actions of other colleges, failed to mention the controversy which occurred on its own campus, within its own offices. More here.

Posted by Don |

8 Comments

  1. #1
    scaler said on February 19, 2006 | Reply

    WOW... 6 or 9 what's the difference? filthy and gross....

  2. And where did you get that information my friend? Link your sources when you claim something that shameful. And please dont tell me you read that off of a publication by a lunitic like yourself trying to elevate tensions in the world, trying to simply humiliate every other group of humans. You arent any different from the lynching mobs of the 1800's, and the nazis of germany. shame on you.

  3. #3
    Don said on February 26, 2006 | Reply

    Unfortunately, Salman doesn't specify what "information" he found so "shameful." As to the Egyptian newspaper's publication, I linked to, what I believe, was the first source to publish copies of the Al Faqr/Al Fager showing the Muhammad cartoons. Here is another source.

    As to the well known age of Muhammad's child bride, I linked to a Wikipedia article about Aisha.

    Notice, Salman didn't link to anything himself. And the reference to the Nazis is really ironic considering the Islamofacists' desire to kill all the Jews. The only "shame" belongs to radical Islam.

  4. #4
    angrymuslimgirl said on April 23, 2007 | Reply

    you are all pigs and should be so ashamed you fricken idiots you are the terrists you stupid lousy bums so this is my side

  5. #5
    Don said on April 23, 2007 | Reply

    So lets analyze angrymuslimgirl's comment. First, she refutes nothing in my post. I go to the trouble of researching my post, double-checking my facts and make a concerted effort to put forth a logical coherent argument. And how does angrymuslimgirl respond, with nothing but an ad hominem (Latin: "argument to the person") attack: "pigs," "idiots," "stupid," "lousy," and "bums." That's 5 words out of 25, or fully 20% of her post. That's got to be some kind of record. Here's a little tip for all the debaters out there...as soon as someone make an ad hominem attack they've admitted defeat.

    I was and am very careful in my criticisms of radical Islam. In the post I clearly pointed out that only the people protesting and committing violence are "irrational" and "driven by hatred, bloodlust, jealousy, ignorance." However, those criticisms immediately followed by the fact that such limited set of individuals are "provoked by religious and political leaders who fear freedom and democracy because they know they will lose their power if such ideals ever took hold." So, while my criticisms were logically derived, applied to a limited set of people and blamed an even small set of individuals...angrymuslimgirl responded with "you are all pigs." I don't know what better illustrates the difference between "us" and "them."

  6. #6
    wiseman said on July 26, 2007 | Reply

    Hello,
    Interesting post about Muslims(yeah i am Muslim), but the most interesting thing is your lack of historical knowledge. About the Prophet Muhammed marrying Aisha when she was 9. If you knew anything about history you would find that during that era it was perfectly fine and encouraged because of tribal ties to keep the different tribes together. for example when i studied about the Torah it says under Jewish law that the minimum age for marriage is 13 for boys and 12 for girls. and can even younger during Medieval times. (here's the link http://www.mechon-mamre.org/jewfaq/marriage.htm. Oh, and about those protest signs America claims they want to liberate and infuse democracy in the Muslim world but yet when the muslim world is protesting which is one of the first acts of freedom everybody says they can't do that. While it's a protest you can do whatever you want, I think your the nutjob!!!! So i hope you can brush up on your history you will learn a lot of new information. And please study what you write about and stop listening to the Stupid media!!!!!!! Out

  7. #7
    Don said on July 26, 2007 | Reply

    There is a HUGE difference between 9 (maybe 6) and 12. Further, it is a fallacy to justify inappropriate behavior by pointing to other inappropriate behavior. If that's not a central problem of radical Islam, I don't know what is.

    As to the signs from my February 4, 2006, post, let's review what they say: "Massacre Those Who Insult Islam," "Exterminate Those Who Slander Islam," "Freedom Go To Hell," Be Prepared For The Real Holocaust," "Behead Those Who Insult Islam," "Slay Those Who Insult Islam," "Butcher Those Who Mock Islam," etc.

    (1) You are defending these signs, these views, and in the same paragraph questioning who's the nutjob. Fascinating.

    (2) Threatening holocaust, massacre, extermination, slaying, beheading and butchering is an inherent fundamental part of radical Islam and its attempt to hold on to its tyrannous rule by intimidation and fear. Such threats are NOT a first act of freedom and/or democracy.

    (3) If I could beat one think into the heads of radical Muslims it would not be my fist but, rather, the simple concept of hypocrisy and the golden rule. I never would have imagined a group of people could be so absolutely devoid of such a simple concept. Radical Muslims want themselves and their religion to be treated in a manner they will not extend to others. It's the most intolerant religion and it can't stand a little criticism. Pick any predominantly Muslim country, just mentioning Jesus Christ is either outright banned or will likely get you killed, or both.

    (4) How fragile, how inferior, how wrong, must a concept be that you have to defend it against criticism? How would you defend the idea that the earth is flat? You could only do it by force, by lies and by keeping people ignorant. How would you defend the idea that the earth is round? You'd do it by open, unrestricted, analysis, and freedom to do and say whatever one wants even to insult and criticize because you know the truth would always hold up and win in the end. Now which is the method utilized by the sign holders and those that sympathize with them? And, why must they use this method? Because they are defending the indefensible.

    Lastly, I wouldn't knock the media. The mainstream media in the U.S. and throughout the world is radical Islam's best friend. For the most part, the media is too politically correct and fearful for their own lives and well-being to report the objective truth of what is going on in the world. Don't worry, I long ago stopped listening to the media which is more worried about the bottom line and their own bottoms than shining its light on radical Islam. They certainly don't want to end up like Theo van Gogh. Score one for those who's religion can't be spread by anything but the sword.

  8. #8
    Eisa (Jesus in Arabic) said on September 11, 2008 | Reply

    hi there,

    just want to say thins..

    muslimes usually do not make fun of their own religion, & IN GENERAL we respect others believes & religions.. christians are little bit open you make fun of your religion, Jesus, god him self! how & why i really do not get it! we been raised this way (at least my self) never mock god, not mine not your not any..

    alaah said in quran:

    لكم دينكم و لي دين
    which mean

    you have your belive & i have mine..

    btw, some christians frind of mine were mad too.. i guess they were little bit religios they hate jockes on Jesus & god!!

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