Brothers & Sisters…
This is a call for action… to rise against intolerance and Hate.
About 4 months ago Jyllands-Posten, A Danish newspaper posted about twelve editorial cartoons which depict the prophet Muhammad (Peace & Prayers be on Him) in the most shameful and dishonorable manners. The cartoons were initially printed in the Danish newspaper on September 30, 2005. Some of the cartoons have been reprinted in other newspapers in Europe & now the United States .
The drawings, which include a depiction of Muhammad with a bomb on his head, were (allegedly) meant as satirical illustrations accompanying an article on self-censorship and freedom of speech!!!!! Jyllands-Posten published the cartoons although they knew that Islamic teachings forbid the depiction of Prophet Muhammad in Islam, as a measure against idolatry, a form of aniconism. However, the Jyllands-Posten cartoons imply that all Muslims are terrorists, by depicting Muhammad carrying a bomb in his turban and collaborating with terrorists (by receiving them in heaven).
Although Jyllands-Posten maintains that the drawings were an exercise in free speech, there are both Muslims and non-Muslims in Denmark and elsewhere who view them as offensive, blasphemous and Islamophobic.
On January 10, 2006, some of the cartoons were reprinted in the Norwegian newspaper Magazinet. Later they were reprinted in the German newspaper Die Welt, the French daily France Soir, and many other European newspapers as well as newspapers in New Zealand (The Dominion Post). In response to an outcry from the Muslim community, the chief editor of France Soir was fired. In the United States , the Philadelphia Inquirer reprinted one of the cartoons alongside a story on the controversy. And last but not least Spain ‘s leading newspaper El Pais on Friday became part of the growing international row by publishing one of the cartoons of the Prophet Mohammad on its front page. Other newspapers in France , Germany , Spain , Switzerland and Hungary have reprinted the shameful caricatures, arguing that press freedom is more important than the protests and boycotts they have provoked.
The reactions from the international community was swift; the foreign ministries of eleven Islamic countries demanded action from the Danish government, and Libya eventually closed its embassy in Denmark in protest after the government refused to censure the newspaper or apologize. The Danish prime minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen said, “The government refuses to apologize because the government does not control the media or a newspaper outlet; that would be in violation of the freedom of speech!!!!”. A large consumer boycott was organized in Saudi Arabia , Kuwait , and other Arabic-speaking countries. Recently the foreign ministers of seventeen Islamic countries renewed calls for the Danish government to punish those responsible for the cartoons, and to ensure that such cartoons are not published again, but again the Danish government refused to intervene. The Organization of the Islamic Conference and the Arab League have demanded that the United Nations impose international sanctions upon Denmark but of course such demands has (as usual) gone unanswered.
Now with the extent of this crisis and controversy explained to all of you, I ask u a question… they claim that we “Muslims” want to take away their “Freedom of speech”, What kind of joke is this? Really? In the past years how many books, articles, cartoons, movies, TV shows… etc. have attacked Muslims and Arabs in the western media and press? Hundreds? Thousands? Millions? In fact I think it’s safe to say that whenever a terrorist attack happens their press starts to use Islam and Muslims as a scapegoat, even if it turns out to the done by a plain half educated retard from Montana ! Did we try to take away their freedom of speech in attacking us, then??! But when this freedom of speech turns into a cheap pointless way to offend that reflects a shallow minded stupidity and total ignorance of our religion… don’t we have the right to protest against it? (it is our “Freedom of speech & action” that they don’t like after all, now isn’t it?)…
As for there Precious “Freedom of Speech”, who is trying to take it away? We or the Jews? Who always have the antisemitism knife over western media’s neck… But they are Ok with the Jewish community, whom whenever anyone writes, performs, or thinks about saying anything that hints remotely at Jewish cruelties turn his/her life into hell and boycott him and his government if it doesn’t punish him (remember Switzerland’s banks?) and if you are too arrogant and westernized to believe it ask yourself could these cartoons have depicted a Jewish Rabbi (not even prophet) instead of Prophet Muhammad? What would Israel and the Jewish community have done then?
In many European countries, there are laws that will land in jail any person who thinks about denying not only the historicity of the Jewish holocaust, but also the method by which Jews were put to death by the Nazis. In some of these countries, this prohibition goes as far as prosecuting those who would claim or attempt to prove that less than 6 million Jews were slaughtered by the Nazis. In none of these countries are there similar laws that threaten people with loss of freedom and wealth.
Quickly now: what defines a hypocrite? Answer: a person who follows the letter of the law, but not its spirit. The laws against antisemitism are: laws against antisemitism enacted by hypocritical Europeans with blood on their hands from the genocides in their recent and distant past, and much guilt to atone for in their hearts and minds.
The spirit of the law, which would extend this protection to Muslims as well, if not indeed other religious groups, is nowhere to be found in the Western legal code. You can curse the Prophet of the Muslims at will and with total impunity. However, approach the holocaust at your own risks and perils if you do not include in your discussion the standard, ritualistic incantations about the six million Jewish victims of the European Nazis. There is a word for this in the English language: hypocrisy.
I used to have a lot of respect for the Europeans. However, I cannot claim that this respect is not more nuanced today. The crisis started when the Dutch, who are invariably and automatically described as being amongst the most “tolerant” people in the West, if not the world, proved that their tolerance was little more than skin deep. Their reaction to the murder of Theo Van Gogh was anything but driven by tolerance. They behaved as a mob in reaction to the criminal, despicable action of an extremist and murderer, by painting the whole Dutch Muslim community & Muslims all over the world, characterized in our prophet in this shameful and ignorant manner. They burnt Muslim schools and mosques. They directed opprobrium at Muslims in their midst, calling on them “to go home” though many had been born in the Netherlands . No subtlety in the Dutch reaction. Just collective antisemitism which they directed not at the Jews, but this time at the Muslims.
The cartoons were described by Danish politicians and the press as not provocation, but a principled case of free speech, although many Danish and Scandinavian newspaper editors are on record stating that they published the cartoons as an act of defiance against “radical Islam.” What free speech are we talking about here? The Danish newspaper and now many others all over Europe will go out of their way to offend Muslims both in Denmark and around the world, in the name of “free speech.” The Editor in Chief of Die Welt, the German magazine, stated that the right to publish the cartoons was “at the very core of our culture” and that Europeans cannot “stop using our journalistic right of freedom of expression within legal boundaries.” It’s the “legal boundaries” qualifier that gives the game away: there are no legal boundaries in Europe protecting Muslims from the same ignominies that the law protects Jews from.
This whole affair is nothing but an over-reaction to a simple cartoon, you say? Not if you remember a certain other cartoon that appeared in the British newspaper, The Independent, on 27 January 2003. It depicted Prime Minister Sharon of Israel eating the head of a Palestinian child while saying: “What’s wrong? You’ve never seen a politician kissing babies before?” Jews in Britain and around the world erupted with indignation, arguably because the depiction reminded them of millennial charges levied against them by Christians who accused them of using the blood of babies in ritualistic killings. You see, Sharon can actually kill, maim and spill the real, actual blood of Palestinian babies: that is not offensive to Zionist Jews and their apologists in the West. But let Sharon be depicted in a cartoon metaphorically as the ogre that he has proved to be in his real life, symbolically eating a Palestinian child, and the world will erupt in offended indignation. A cartoon that is offensive to Muslims, on the other hand, is depicted as nothing but an expression of “free speech.” There is a word for this in any language: hypocrisy.
Before the Danish cartoon incident started to evolve into a growing international crisis, the Danish Prime Minister and the publisher of the Danish newspaper that first published the offending cartoons both declared that they would never apologize on grounds of free speech and because publishing the cartoons had not broken any Danish laws. Yesterday, however, the publisher of the Danish newspaper ended up apologizing in the face of a growing tsunami of protests on the part of Arab and Muslim governments, some of whom withdrew their Ambassadors from Copenhagen . The Danish prime minister did not apologize yet. However such feeble apology should not be excepted because it’s real reason, of course, is that they understood, though a tad too late, the potential economic consequences of a widespread boycott of Danish goods on the part of one billion people, not out of respect of Muslims or Islam, or even Arab Governments. And it remains a weak and meaningless gesture because it included no retaliation, their government is still stubborn about apologizing itself and there was no punishment whatsoever to the newspaper or new law against what they done to protect Muslim sacred beliefs from future sacrilege.
Muslims and other reasoning people around the world understand well that European laws against anti-Semitic speech, writing, and behavior, were enacted for two reasons. The stated reason was to protect the Jews from the continued onslaught of anti-Semitic attacks, both verbal and physical, which culminated historically in the repeated pogroms that Christian Europeans launched against Jews repeatedly through the centuries. (Historically, it was the Arabs who protected the Jews and took them in whenever they fled Christian barbarity, especially in the Middle Ages.) The real reason, of course, is to protect the Europeans from losing such an enormous economic power as the Jews to there side.
In my opinion there are only two logical ways for Europeans to redeem themselves: to call on their national parliaments to extend the protections of the laws against antisemitism and Holocaust denying to Islam and Muslims, as well as any other religious group . Or (if they really care for there Freedom of Speech) to repeal the laws that govern holocaust denying and other laws that prohibit maiming the Jews, so that the issue truly becomes one of free speech. And if Europeans are the civilized people they claim to be, then their politicians and newspaper publishers ought to find it easy to immediately apologize when they have unwittingly offended the taboos of any human community, be it religious or otherwise.
Muslims and Arabs have suffered enough hypocrisy on the hands of European, just as Jews suffered in the past on the hands of these same Europeans, and as Palestinian Muslims and Christians alike are suffering today on the hands of Americans, Europeans and, of course, Zionist Jews, both Sephardim and Ashkenazi. If Europe thinks of itself as a civilized society, then it ought to do its utmost to redress the wrongs that too many people around the world have suffered as a result of European misbehavior and often outright criminal actions, most especially since the 1400s.
Muslims deserve nothing more nor less than that the Citizens of the U.S. and Europe, and Zionist Jews in Israel, to simply abide by their own golden rule: treat others as you would have others treat you.
Now with all that said… you might come to ask what is my role in all of that? What does it have to do with me? Well I tell you, no actually I call on you, with whatever you hold sacred to you, uphold Islam and Muslims in this crisis, boycott Danish & French products, and any other country that you know of whom it’s press or media printed or re-published these cartoons in any context! Do it, be you Muslim or Christian, Religious or non religious, because these cartoons although more offending to Muslims than others (because they attack our prophet that we hold most sacred to us after Allah) are not only offending to Muslims, there nature shows an explicit and utter disrespect to all Arabs and middle easterns also, and this lack of respect is confirmed by their constant and stubborn refusal to retaliate for such an abdominal and outrageous act. Such contempt they have for us may repeat against any other religious figure (be it Jesus, Moses or any other prophet of God) whenever they feel like it…. will you stand for such Disrespect? Will you accept it in the same Negativity you always do? I know I wont….
Boycott, protest, demonstrate and do what ever it takes to make them hear us… to make them know that we will no longer be the accepting subjects of their injustice… Take the above Logo and print it and stick it on your car, notebook & T shirt! And for God’s sake it’s time to be positive; boycott their products, let them know that we are not the consumer un-aware society they take us for granted to be. Stand up to them (at least when they attack our holy figures)! The Boycott in Saudi and Kuwait have resulted in 5 Danish food supply factories close down and severe damage to the Danish economy! Are we less than Saudis? We are a force (even in our buying stuff) prove to them we are to be feared!
We should not settle until the Danish government and any other who participated in such a sacrilege issues an official apology, and a law to protect Muslims in specific and religious & ethnic groups from such acts that offend the very basis of their beliefs, and until then Arab countries should boycott their products, withdraw their Ambassadors and issue a ban on such unjust regimes.