Cartoon Protest Movement - How it all started

Indian Muslim protesters walk during a silent procession in Bhopal, India, Friday, Feb. 10, 2006. Thousands of Indian Muslims participated in the march to protest the publication of cartoons depicting the Prophet Muhammad in Danish newspapers. Prakash Hatvalne -- AP

The Washington Post's Anthony Shadid and Kevin Sullivan did a thorough job of describing how this all started. The article, Anatomy of the Cartoon Protest Movement, begins like this:

It was Oct. 13 when Teguh Santosa, a 30-year-old editor with wire-rim glasses, slicked-back black hair and a stubbly beard, decided to make a point in Indonesia, the world's most populous Muslim country. His idea was a small gesture in a broader confrontation, illustrating the power of images in shaping sentiments. He scanned a dozen cartoons published in September by a Danish newspaper that lampooned the prophet Muhammad and chose to publish the one on his news Web site that has proven the most inflammatory: the prophet wearing a turban shaped like a bomb with a lit fuse.

"I wanted them to know why it was insulting," said the thickset Santosa, a Muslim who runs the widely read Rakyat Merdeka Online.

To his surprise, there was almost no reaction. A few e-mailed comments to the Web site, he said. That was all. So he republished the caricature more than a week later, on Oct. 22. Again, nothing.

"We were confused," he recalled, his sleeves rolled up to his elbows. "Why aren't people reacting to this story?"
What followed was a quintessentially 21st-century battle, a conflict steeped in decades, even centuries of grievances...

We now know that a Danish Imam, may his name be cursed, had the same problem getting the masses riled, so he salted the mine with faked images of a totally repugnant and inflammatory nature. It was this Muslim pig that broke the camel's back, to horribly mix metaphors. We then read in the story above how Saudis who saw these salted images got involved and how the affair began to take a life of its own. But that's not the interesting part of the entire anatomy.

Here it is [from the same article above with my highlight using red]:

In September, Flemming Rose, a tall, soft-spoken editor for the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten, had an idea. He had read that museums in Sweden and London had removed artwork that their staff members deemed offensive to Muslims. A comedian told him he would be afraid to desecrate the Koran, a reluctance he did not have about the Bible. Then he read that a Danish children's book author couldn't find illustrators willing to work under their own names to draw illustrations of Muhammad, the 7th-century prophet of Islam, for a new book on the religion.

Frustrated, Rose decided to contact 25 Danish newspaper cartoonists with a request to draw Muhammad as they saw him. A dozen responded, and his newspaper published each illustration on Sept. 30.


no pork on my forkYes, yes, you say, everyone knows this part of the story. But I want you to concentrate on this: that museums in Sweden and London had removed artwork that their staff members deemed offensive to Muslims. That should have been the story: how Europe and America are kowtowing to Muslim sensitivity when it is our culture and civilization to which they should accommodate. From this affair we have learned that Danish school children cannot have pork in the schools. Soon it will be movie posters that cannot show women's ankles or advertisements for bras. If the Muslims are not expelled from Denmark they could reach a majority and turn that country into a fundamentalist Islamic Republic! Scary no?

There have been Jewish political leaders in Europe for hundreds of years and no country or culture was ever in danger of becoming a Jewish Theocracy. Even in today's State of Israel, Muslim citizens of Israel have more freedom than any of their Muslim brethren in any Islamic Republic. Hey, my Muslim readers [or anyone else], give me one example where I am wrong. This is the Internet. Give me an example.

Holland and France had to ban the wearing of obvious religious garb precisely because they saw the Islamic onslaught against their very own cultures.

Here's related groveling to Muslims:
The Moderate Voice - British Banks Ban "Offensive-To-Islam" Piggy Banks, Excerpt:

Little did I know that when I used my piggy bank I was indulging in an activity insulting to Islam...if I had lived in Great Britain:
British banks are banning piggy banks because they may offend some Muslims.

Halifax and NatWest banks have led the move to scrap the time-honoured symbol of saving from being given to children or used in their advertising, the Daily Express/Daily Star group reports here.

Muslims do not eat pork, as Islamic culture deems the pig to be an impure animal.


With a name like "Gandelman," then why didn't my orthodox Jewish grandfather Abraham Ravinsky, or my grandmother Anna Gandelman Schnierman object? They didn't eat pork, either.

Why didn't they march down to the toy store, grab owner Howard Schmidlap by the lapels and insist he stop selling those cursed made-in-Mexico impure-animal figures that SHOULD have been offensive to non-pig-loving Orthodox Jews as well, file a lawsuit, or clamor to have the offensive pig banks banned?


I will tell you why. Because Judaism is the religion of tolerance, although you won't hear Jews running in the street yelling it at everyone who will listen. Yet that's what you hear from every Muslim. They have to keep noising it about because they know it to be a lie.

no swine on my minsEvery religion in the world can blend into the country they have emigrated to. But not Muslims; by their religion, by the instructions in the Qur'an, they cannot accept and must by necessity impose their view on the cursed infidel and his dog culture.

Isn't this hateful speech you ask? I have to tell you, that as a Jew who lost 98% of his family in the mythical holocaust, it pains me to form the sentences I write. But when Nazis wrote that Jews were parasites and the cause of all the ills of German Society - that was a lie because Hitler needed a scapegoat to consolidate his power.

I am not trying to lead a political party to power in America. Neither do I need a scapegoat for any imagined problem in this country. When I say Muslims are intolerant I quote sources. Any Muslim reader can point out any contradictions or discrepancies in the material I offer.

But look at all the Muslim responses on any Blog. Do they offer cite and source of material to disprove what is being written about them? No. They tell you that you do not know Islam. If you knew Islam you would see we are tolerant and peaceful. Drone drone drone. All we get are Qur'anic platitudes of love and bullshit.

Tolerant of whom? Peaceful to whom? Islam before the Internet was able to hide the filthy, disgusting nature of their religion for centuries. But now it is there for all to see. Rape, abuse, and murder of women for petty slights such as exposing a shoulder or ankle to a stranger even if accidental. Brutal punishments from1300 years ago that every other religion abandoned as cruel and indecent. The intolerance of any other religious group.

Saudi Arabia is 100% Muslim. That's right. 100%. All other Muslim nations once they reach a majority, begin to convert all the other religions to their own. Those that do not convert are tortured, killed, or beaten into submission (which by the way is what ISLAM is all about). Not their submission but ours!

There are over a 1.2 to 1.7 billion Muslims in the world and growing faster than any other religion. Not because it is a religion one would choose because of all its neat features, but because they are on a tear to make the world ONE ISLAMIC CALIPHATE.

In fairness to Islam, I could be wrong. But the facts speak for themselves. And telling me that if only I knew the true Islam I would embrace it, well I have to tell you, I read the Qur'an, I've lived among your people for two years, I am probably more familiar with Sharia Law than most Muslims except for the poor souls who are whipped, tortured and murdered under it. It is precisely because I know Islam so well that I am scared shitless.

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