February 14, 2006

Roundup 1: Cartoons, Islam, Reality, Peace-Loving Elmasry & Respect

Before the cartoon controversy posts, for those who enjoyed Pavarotti at the opening ceremonies for the Olympics: Nessun Dorma or "No-one shall sleep " and explanation of the aria Puccini's Turandot-Nessun Dorma



Lawrence Solomon: Cultures collide: Muslim immigrants will be expelled from Europe unless they reverse the growing perception of them as a social threat Financial Post, Feb. 17, 06

Excellent roundup of attitudes in some European countries



Letter Re: EU Backs Bid For UN Blasphemy Rules, Feb. 14. -- Muslims politicized their own prophet NatPost, Feb. 16, 06, by Thomas Mueller

European Union support for a petro-dollar-paid UN bid supporting "international blasphemy rules" is most laughable ....

[....] Readers should realize that even primary Islamic sources, such as the hadiths of Sahih Bukhari, credit Muhammad with practising and advocating genocide of Jews. No less a source than the Hamas Covenant cites the Hadith, interpreting Muhammad as demanding that Israel be destroyed.

Hamas and others -- not the Western press -- have politicized the prophet. The logical consequence is inescapable; Muhammad has become a legitimate object of scrutiny for the jaundiced eye of a secular press, including cartoon satire.




Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu, the secretary-general of the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC), called upon European governments to enact legislation against "Islamophobia" and claimed that Muslims are being discriminated against, likening current events to "a new Sept. 11 against them". "An "anti-blasphemy" convention?!", DFP, Klaus Roherich, Feb. 15, 06

Search:

While a "convention" isn’t exactly a law ...

The real goal of Islam was clearly stated by a "moderate" Muslim on July 2, 1998 ...


Another must read, with examples of "voluntarily censoring ourselves so as not to inadvertently offend."



Canadian News & Politics -- Spare us, O' Lord By Gary Reid, Friday, February 17, 2006

We are urged on all sides to appease Muslims.

Why?

Well, because they get angry and kill people.
Not all of them, of course, just some of them. But, enough of them to matter. [. . . . ]




Islamic Protestors in Paris Come Face to Face with an Unexpected Counter-Protest -- "I will show you my ID 10 meters from here" says the plainclothes cop. "They are going to lynch you!" she adds" No Pasaran, February 12, 2006

[. . . . ] One, in red and white, is (silently) wearing a sign with the Danish flag saying "Support Denmark, Support free speech". Besides (silently) wearing a sign reading "Free Cartoonist" on it, the other, the founder of the BAF protest warrior-type organisation, is holding a (fake) severed hand, a pen among its fingers.

Voices start to ring out. "It's provocation!" "You tread on 1.5 million Muslims!" "Connards!" "Rat faces!" [. . . . ]


Did anyone mention multiculturalism? respect?



Fark.com h/t newsbeat1

Excellent: encapsulates Insult Law By Jackie Mason & Raoul Felder, 2/14/2006

Jackie Mason is a comedian. Raoul Felder is an attorney.

The Muslims have pronounced their verdict. The cartoon man has been found guilty. The real crime is, of course, not being a Muslim. Now that they have established the crime, they have also pronounced the sentence. Even if you never saw or heard of the cartoon, you deserve to be hit with rocks, your car wrecked, and your embassies destroyed because you are an infidel -- and incidentally, there are no appeals. [....]

"OY VEY IS THIS TERRIBLE!"

Everyday Muslim and European newspapers insult and degrade Jews as animals and rodents, which is not only insulting but, additionally, encourages the hatred of Jews. But did you ever hear any Jewish authority anywhere demanding that we find any of these cartoonists so that we can choke them to death or cut them up. Did you ever hear of an Israeli death squad searching for a cartoonist? [....]


Yet, the "peaceful ones" are taken seriously!



Denmark is, at this moment, the proverbial "canary in the mine" of the Islamofascist war on Western democracy. We must not let history repeat itself. If Britain had heeded Churchill's warnings and stood firm against Hitler, World War II may not have occurred. The Danes have shown again, as they did in World War II, that they have the moral courage to stand up for what they believe. Please join us in a demonstration of solidarity and sign the postcard attached which will be sent to the Danish Government on your behalf [. . . . ]




Torino: Europe’s Last Hurrah? February 14th, 2006,

Christopher Chantrill blogs at www.roadtothemiddleclass.com. His Road to the Middle Class is forthcoming.

Essayist Theodore Dalrymple has been thinking about the Islamists, and has realized that they have a culture just like the alienated underclass youths in Britain in his book Life at the Bottom. In National Review, he wrote that the Muslim extremists in Europe and the Middle East in the front lines of the Cartoon Wars:

are like the inhabitants of our ghettoes who demand something that they call “respect,” and which they extort by fear for lack of any other means by which to earn it.




MMN Editorial Regarding Azerbaijan's Eni Khabar Publishing Derogatory Cartoon Of Prophet Jesus Montreal Muslim News Editorial (Feb 14, 2006), via CCD, posted by Peter, Feb. 15, 06

[. . . . ] In addition, we are totally against the Iranian 'Holocaust cartoon competition.' It is simply wrong and repugnant to seek to score political points by denying the sufferings of others. It is also un-Islamic as it is perpetuating a lie. Those people, including Muslims, who deny the systematic genocide of the Jewish people at the hands of Nazis are simply wrong and misguided, and we distance ourselves from such hurtful talk which only inflicts deeper wounds into a people who have already suffered so much.

Also, publishing openly anti-semitic cartoons is an example of not only crude racism, which only fosters hatred and animosity, but gives Islam and Muslims a bad name. Thus, such evil practices must cease. [. . . . ]




Overhaul of U.N. rights body hits snag David R. Sands, WashTimes, Feb. 16, 06

A drive by a bloc of Islamic nations for a global ban on "defamation of religions and prophets" has thrown a major kink into U.S. hopes for an overhaul of the leading U.N. human rights body.

The proposal by the 57-nation Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC), floated last week amid violent protests over the publication in Europe of cartoons mocking the prophet Muhammad, came as U.N. delegates were trying to negotiate the charter for a new Human Rights Council.

"It's a giant monkey wrench in the process

[. . . . ] Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said at a Senate hearing yesterday that the Bush administration was insisting on real changes for the U.N. human rights body, including blackballing from membership any state under sanctions for terrorism or human rights abuses. [. . . . ]




Hypocrisy: Bookstores which won't stock the Western Standard will stock the following ... free speech and all that

McNally Robinson: Protocols of the elders of Zion

Chapters: To see the sequel to Mein Kampf




Link: To support The Western Standard and your own ability to state what your senses and common sense tells you, what you believe about any topic, that is, free speech, you might want to subscribe to The Western Standard/Shotgun or telephone 1-866-520-5222




What we believe -- comments -- Ezra Levant in the Western Standard

By publishing the cartoons that send radical Islamists into frenzies of their usual reaction, Ezra has brought to the attention of all Canadians just how little these touchy and intolerant followers of the Prophet of the Sword fit into Western society ... a needed lesson for those who have preferred to believe that, over time, the Muslims who came to Canada would integrate. They won't, unless the peaceful ones reform Islam from the inside. Tolerance for radical Islam's adherents will last only until breeding and importation of more believers allow them the numbers to "improve" our society with sharia and the burka, in my opinion.



Judy Monchuk: Western Standard causes uproar among Muslims Feb. 13, 06

Levant dismisses suggestions from some editors that they don't like to offend religious groups. He points to the current cover of Rolling Stone, with rapper Kanye West portrayed as Jesus Christ with a crown of thorns.

"The difference is when they offend Christianity, Christians write a letter to the editor or maybe invite them out for lunch and try to appeal to them," said Levant, who is Jewish. "What the Muslim world has demonstrated over the last month is that they will get violent."




Peaceful Mr. Elmasry, self-selected spokesman for CIC ... for himself, I would guess

Elmasry - Fascist darling of the Star & Globe Posted by Calgary Herald on 23:12:14 2006/02/13, Licia Corbella, October 31, 2004

[....] Well, Mohamed Elmasry, president of the CIC is that charming fella who recently advocated the genocide of Israeli Jews while having a little chat with Michael Coren, a Sun columnist, when he appeared as a guest on the Michael Coren Live Show, which runs every weeknight on an Ontario cable channel.

On the show, Elmasry said any Israeli over the age of 18 was a legitimate target of suicide bombers because they are all members of the Israeli army.

"Anyone and everyone in Israel -- irrespective of gender-- over the age of 18 is a valid target?" host Michael Coren asked.

"Yes, I would say," Elmasry responded.


There is more.



This supports Salim Mansur's proposal: "If the West is to have meaningful dialogue with Muslims and Islam, it had best look to finding, supporting and giving voice to those Muslims who are more accurately described as Peaceful and tolerant Muslims." CCD, Bill Narvey, Feb. 11, 06

[....] In the Muslim world there is no freedom of speech, except when it comes to Muslim leaders and imams daily disseminating and inciting hatred against Jews, Israelis, Christians, America and the West generally or publishing such incitements daily in the form of cartoons and opinions in the media as well as making movies that disseminate such hatreds.

The Muslim nations in this regard have shown absolutely no tolerance or sensitivity for the feelings or beliefs of others. If any Westerner were to speak out and complain, the Muslim world would laugh or just ignore it as they have for they know it is offensive. The Muslim Middle East world intended to be offensive.

Now the Middle East Muslims which claim the right to publish what it wants, is claiming that the West has no right to publish what it wants. [....]


Perhaps ignoring Mr. Elmasry and his CIC would be a start. Memo to new government ...

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