Category Archives: Islam and images

Facing God

The Judeo-Christian tradition recognizes the individual, apart from the mob. That individual is invited to meet and talk, face to face and utterly spontaneously, with God, without interruption from any earthly authority. That encounter is the life spark of Western Civilization.

We define, and recognize, by contrasts. I learn much about Christian prayer and Christian monasticism by comparing them with their opposites. I think of Michelangelo’s “Creation of Adam” and what it says about my faith – specifically, what it says about the Judeo-Christian concept of God, of man, and of prayer. I think of how that artwork and its implications contrast with other belief systems: modern Atheism, ancient Paganism, and Islam.


Muslim Apologist in ‘Arab News’: Hate speech vs. free speech

No two words in America’s constitutional law are more everyday, more commonplace and even more pedestrian, than “free speech.” But the significant role they play in the public debate — protecting people’s right to impart and receive ideas — also makes them sacrosanct.

The law, however, draws a distinction, attenuated though the distinction may be, between free speech and hate speech, or, if you wish, between vilification and the protections afforded the vilifier by the First Amendment.

What do we do, in other words, when there are individuals in our community who are so demented, mean-spirited or racist that they are wily enough to use one of the country’s most cherished freedoms in order to insult, slander and mock others in pursuit of promoting a reprehensible cause like Islamophobia in America?

Clearly, the answer is self-evident: We must do everything to deter them from successfully leveraging the First Amendment privileges as a defense of their right to incite others to violence.

You probably had not heard of a disturbed woman — and this columnist is not the first political commentator to identify her as such — called Pamela Geller, who heads a group called Stop the Islamization of America, that is, till late last week, after she sponsored an incendiary anti-Muslim event in Garland, Texas, an event that she effectively wished would conclude in an act of violence. Well, her wish was granted…

There is no ‘hate speech’ exception. The writer suggests ‘we must do everything’ to prevent ‘hate speech’.  Does that include using violence? 

The idea that Pamela Geller was hoping for violence is absurd. How could she be so certain that she herself wouldn’t be the target (she likely was) and that the killers wouldn’t succeed?


Letter to the editor: A few cartoons won’t bring down Islam, so why the violence?

To the editor: Muslims who attack people who create images critical of Islam and the prophet Muhammad are overestimating the influence of these images. (“Texas attack refocuses attention on fine line between free speech and hate speech,” May 4)

With a cursory Web search, I can find artwork critical of Islam and Muhammad dating back at least to the Renaissance, and yet Islam is a very strong religion today with about 1.5 billion followers. There were only 200 people who attended the event in Texas, and Charlie Hebdo has a circulation of only 60,000.

Islam has demonstrated that it can withstand criticism. Thus, I think would-be attackers should look at the big picture and realize that in general their religion is doing fine.

Greg Dahlen, Glendale

Source (LA Times).


Sorry, But It’s Islam’s Fault If People Are Islamophobic

Rage guys throw a tantrum over Charlie Hebdo in Pakistan

Is it too late to have an opinion about the terrorist attack in Texas?

I know it’s been, like, three whole days. No story can stay “relevant” for three days, unless it’s something of historic importance like a royal baby or a transgendered reality TV personality. But Garland? Well, that was just two Muslim militants in the U.S. recruited by Islamic State to slaughter a group of American citizens for the crime of exercising their free speech…

…The dead bodies stacked up from this incident were just the terrorists themselves. A fortunate detail, but it didn’t help the story’s staying power. Frankly, that isn’t the body count the media prefers, nor is it the type of dead body they’re after. These were radicalized Islamists trying to kill right-wing free-speech advocates only to be taken out by an armed off-duty cop. Every single part of that last sentence flies directly in the face of at least a half dozen progressive narratives…

…I’ve heard it said that the organizers of this event were intentionally trying to provoke a violent response from Muslims. Maybe they were. I don’t know. I can’t see inside their hearts to know their intentions. Whether they were trying to provoke or not, doesn’t it say something profoundly troubling about Islam that it can be so easily provoked in the first place?…


Australian ISIS supporter tweeted about attacking anti-Islam event in Texas JUST DAYS before gunmen launched failed assault… and issued threats against a controversial Queensland cartoonist

The Guardian article is here.

An Australian Twitter user and supporter of the Islamic State who urged an attack on a Prophet Mohammed cartoon contest in Texas has issued a threat against a Queensland-based cartoonist.

The Melbourne man, known only as ‘Australi Witness‘, last week shared a map of a Garland community centre just days before two gunmen attacked the venue and were shot dead by police.

Australi Witness also supported calls for ‘brothers in Texas’ to go there ‘with your weapons, bombs or with knifes’, News Corp reported.

He also posted addresses of synagogues in Australia and the location of Anzac Day services…

The cartoonist is Larry Pickering and you can read his posts and see his cartoons here.

He is also on Facebook: here and here (much to the disgust of his enemies).

This is the cartoon the Islamoloon is raving about:



Texas gunman had happy childhood in Pakistan but struggled in U.S.

(Reuters) – Nadir Soofi, a gunman shot dead after opening fire at a Texas exhibit of caricatures of the Prophet Mohammad, was a popular schoolboy in Pakistan but struggled to adjust to the United States after moving there as a teen, friends said on Tuesday.

Soofi’s story appeared to trace a familiar arc for some Western Islamists – disappointment, alienation, and a search for belonging that ended with the embrace of militancy…

…Friends in Pakistan, who studied with Soofi at the elite International School of Islamabad, were stunned to discover that police had identified him as was one of the attackers.

“When he was in Islamabad, he had a great life. His mom was an American who taught art at the school, he was in plays, popular with girls,” said one of Soofi’s best friends at school.

“His nickname was Goofy” because of his sense of humor, said the man, who declined to be identified to preserve his privacy…

Mind you, Anjem Choudary was wild in his youth too. Islamolunacy can break out at any time.


CNN: Why Islam forbids images of Mohammed

“Left, ‘No Woman, No Cry,’ (1998); right, ‘The Holy Virgin Mary’ (1996), which caused outrage with its depiction of a black Madonna with her right breast replaced by a clump of elephant dung, surrounded by putti formed by images from pornographic magazines.”—photo caption, New York Times website, Oct. 31, 2014 (screen shot of photo above)

Violence over depictions of the Prophet Mohammed may mystify many non-Muslims, but it speaks to a central tenet of Islam: the worship of God alone.

The prohibition began as an attempt to ward off idol worship, which was widespread in Islam’s Arabian birthplace. But in recent years, that prohibition has taken on a deadly edge.

A central tenet of Islam is that Mohammed was a man, not God, and that portraying him could lead to revering him in lieu of Allah.

“It’s all rooted in the notion of idol worship,” Akbar Ahmed, who chairs the Islamic Studies department at American University told CNN. “In Islam, the notion of God versus any depiction of God or any sacred figure is very strong”…

CNN is missing the point. Who cares why?

The MSM is more than happy to ridicule Christianity. Quite apart from free speech considerations, it’s the double standards of the MSM that annoy me.   The elephant dung picture may have caused outrage, but NYT still has the image on display at the link.


The Daily Mail blacks out cartoon of Muhammad while reporting on Texas attack

On Sunday, two heavily armed police officers can be seen securing art work following the shooting. The art competition, which was awarding $10,000 to the best caricature of the Prophet Muhammad, had been condemned by critics…

The Daily Mail has a lot of photos and it’s not far left but it is still not classically liberal.

Consider the title of another piece of The Mail’s reporting: Extreme ‘free speech’ group refused to cancel provocative ‘Muhammad Art Exhibit’ despite protests – and told the world they ‘know the risks’

And there’s this: ‘This is a war’: The woman behind anti-Islamic Muhammad cartoon contest and her long history of hatred

I’ve notice their coverage of Israel is pretty negative too.

As for the MSM, I certainly wouldn’t expect the New York Times to show the picture either.

h/t Creeping Sharia


Muslim in Denmark: If you don’t stop the Mo cartoons we’ll hate you

…Is this a war on the freedom of expression? Anybody’s guess is as good as the next. Yet when the emotions have run their course, tough questions must be asked. How did we get into a situation in which a home-grown youth shoots dead innocent people going about their business? Answers are hard to come by. Going forward however, the nation must re-examine its multicultural relations.

Harming policemen and women who sacrifice themselves to protect the rest of us must not be tolerated. Killing innocent people must be abhorred, condemned and severely dealt with. Impressionable young men must be shown a sense of belonging to curb the possibility of them becoming the prey of the manipulative ideologies of extremists.

The media must exercise its freedom. Freedom of expression gives them the right to choose what to publish and what not to publish. By intentionally insulting Islam time and again, the media is insinuating that they do not regard Muslims as part of their clientele. In any business, the customer is king; if newspapers believed that Muslims are part of their readership, they would not insist on offending them time and again, would they?

To paraphrase Washington Post editor Paul Farhi, just as journalists choose not to publish pictures of soldiers killed in war, nudity and pornography, we can as well choose not to offend sections of our readership by not publishing humiliating caricatures of their prophet. It is a question of respect.

To curb extremism, the drivers of radicalisation must be addressed: Islamaphobia and hostile foreign policy. Otherwise we are falling head-first into the evil circle of hate that produces hate.


Denmark: Politicians want Mohammed Cartoons to be part of school curriculum

The public schools’ association for religion teachers, Religionslærerforeningen, has today urged that the controversial Mohammed Cartoons, which were first printed in Jyllands-Posten newspaper in 2005, should become part of the public school curriculum as quickly as possible.

And now, several political parties – including Socialdemokraterne, Dansk Folkeparti (DF) and Konservative – have voiced their support for that idea, although the degree of support varies.

”It would be natural for the cartoons to become part of the material that the teachers can choose to use,” Mai Mercado, the political spokesperson for Konservative, told DR Nyheder.

”But there is a freedom of method that means the teachers have a right to use other material should they choose to do so.”

But that’s not enough for DF. The right-wing party has called for the controversial illustrations to be obligatory learning in public school classes…


ISIS Smash Artefacts in Iraq

Just another Thursday for everyone’s favourite Islamist playboys:

The Islamic State group released a video on Thursday showing militants using sledgehammers to smash ancient artifacts in Iraq’s northern city of Mosul, describing the relics as idols that must be removed.

The destructions are part of a campaign by the IS extremists who have destroyed a number of shrines – including Muslim holy sites – in order to eliminate what they view as heresy. They are also believed to have sold ancient artifacts on the black market in order to finance their bloody campaign across the region.


Guardian: Copenhagen attacks: Scandinavians value free speech, but now they need to be practical (i.e. dhimmies)

The chosen illustration for the article: diversity is more important than free speech

The most important point about the murders in Copenhagen is not the obvious and ghastly fact that they took place. We are by now not very shocked by the existence of terrorism in Europe…

What was remarkable was the presence at the targeted event of the French ambassador. This shows the way in which free speech has become a totemic symbol and test of identity for many across Europe…

Free speech is part of this civic morality in Scandinavia. It is religious in as much as it functions as a part of identity, a moral duty, something that must be upheld by everyone – and a good that triumphs over mere calculations of advantage. This is why the shootings are so worrying in the long run.

They set up a clash of integral, almost sacred values in which neither side may seem amenable to reasonable compromise… But this is a moment when everyone will need to step back from their principles and show more of the pragmatism for which Denmark is also famous…

Even though this is was from the Guardian, the commenters are pushing back (at least some of them):

Appeasement does not work. The jihadis simply see it as a sign of weakness and then make further demands.


Copenhagen gunman was known to Danish police

A protester holds a newspaper reading in Danish “I am Charlie. I am a police officer. I am Jewish. I am Danish” during a demonstration outside the Embassy of Denmark in Paris. Source: AFP

Police said the gunman, named locally as is Omar Abdel Hamid El-Hussein, was killed in a shoot out in the early hours of Sunday morning local time (Sunday afternoon AEDT) when he had returned to his apartment in Nørrebro, just south of the city. He was known to police because of past violence, gang related activities and possession of weapons and had recently been released from prison after serving a sentence for aggravated assault.

El-Hussein had also been wanted by police in November 2013 for stabbing a fellow passenger on a train, according to Ekstra-Bladet, a Danish tabloid.

This was corroborated by a statement issued by Danish police in 2013 describing an incident in which a man identified as Omar El-Hussein had stabbed a train passenger repeatedly with “a big knife”.

Jens Madsen, head of the Danish intelligence agency PET, said the gunman could have been inspired by Islamic State and the Charlie Hebdo attack. He was known to anti-terror police and may have travelled to Iraq and Syria, he said.

“PET is working on a theory that the perpetrator could have been inspired by the events in Paris. He could also have been inspired by material sent out by the Islamic State and others,” Madsen said.

Overnight Danish police arrested two people — a Pakistani man and an Arab man — at a Copenhagen internet cafe near Norreport station- in the aftermath of the terror attack.

Related: Copenhagen’s Jews shaken, ‘but not surprised’

Police raid internet cafe in major Copenhagen operation


Texas ‘Draw the Prophet’ Contest is Shameless Muslim-Baiting

In the wake of the terrorist attack on French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, targeted for its irreverent depictions of the prophet Muhammad, Breitbart Texas reports that a “Draw the Prophet” event, accompanied by the First Annual Muhammad Art Exhibit and Contest, is scheduled for May 3 in Garland, Texas. The winner takes home $10,000.

The contest is the brainchild of Pamela Geller, president of the American Freedom Defense Initiative (AFDI). She has been denounced as an extremist by the Southern Poverty Law Center, which categorizes the AFDI as a hate group. According to the Center, Geller is the “anti-Muslim movement’s most visible and flamboyant figurehead. She’s relentlessly shrill and coarse in her broad-based denunciations of Islam”…

…Draw the Prophet is just the latest of Geller’s anti-Muslim demonstrations, which include a rally protesting the Council on American-Islamic Relations’ (CAIR) Stand by the Prophet conference, held in Garland last month in response to the Charlie Hebdo attack (see 12 Killed at Magazine Previously Attacked for Satirical Cartoons). In 2010, Geller organized a march on the site of the planned Lower Manhattan “Ground Zero Mosque”




Huge crowd of Muslim protesters picket Downing Street to protest at Charlie Hebdo cartoons

Muslims gathered to condemn the cartoons of Mohammed by the French publication Charlie Hebdo. Source.

At least 1,000 Muslim protesters gathered outside the gates of Downing Street to protest against the depictions of the Prophet Mohammed in Charlie Hebdo, the French satirical magazine.

The protestors, many of whom were divided into groups of men and women, gathered just yards from the Cenotaph which remembers Britain’s war dead, and blocked half of Whitehall as they demonstrated.

It comes weeks after two terrorists attacked the offices of Charlie Hebdo, the Paris-based satirical magazine which had published images of the Prophet Muhammad, killing 12 staff and wounding 11 others.

The protest was organised by the Muslim Action Forum, which said that the Charlie Hebdo cartoons had helped “sow the seeds of hatred” and had damaged community relations…

See also here.