Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Storm Track Intimidation: Another Cartoonist in Trouble with Islam

What’s with cartoonists these days? Are they some kind of 5th column undermining the peaceful and tolerant religion of Islam – or perhaps, just free speech and satire? Now it’s some poor Bangladeshi cartoonist who’s paying for his right to free speech with a jail sentence. I don’t know how much more of Islamic tolerance I can take.

Bangladeshi authorities Tuesday arrested a cartoonist after drawings that Muslims said insulted their religion were published in a national newspaper, police and the government said.

A Home Ministry statement said Arifur Rahman's sketches — titled "Name" — that came out Monday in a weekly supplement of the Prothom Alo — "hurt the religious sentiments of the people."

The Home Ministry also ordered the confiscation of all copies of the satirical supplement, called "Alpin." The government also urged "all to show restrain over the unwarranted incident."

Prothom Alo authorities apologized for publishing the cartoon and withdrew the supplement.

So what insulted the Muslim sensibilities?

Alpin is one satirical cartoon supplement of the Daily Prothom Alo, which claims to be the most popular Bangla Newspaper in Bangladesh. In the 6th page of its 431th issue a cartoon titled ‘name' was published (on Monday, September 17, 2007) which created much controversy in Bangladesh.

So what was in that cartoon? The controversy is not in the picture, rather in the text.

The text of the cartoon is a conversation between a boy and an aged person. Blogger Sudharam Sadhu posts the texts [bn] in his blog:

* Boy, what is your name?

- My name is Babu.

* It is customary to mention Muhammed before the name.

* What is your father's name?

- Muhammed Abu

* What's this in your lap?

- Muhammed cat

This appears to satire the culture of the use of Muhammed in Muslim names and nothing to disgrace the prophet itself.

Naming a cat after Mohammed? Tsk. Tsk. Tsk. I did have a friend who named his cat Krishna because he sat around all day and looked like he was meditating - but no Hindu sent him hate mail.

Just another sign that Muslims have a hard time living in the 21st century with basic human freedoms.

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  • Well, I named one of the pig statues on my front porch "Mo."

    I need to make him an ear tag for all to see.

    By Blogger Always On Watch, at 3:45 PM  

  • Mo? Thats is a sign of hate. At least according to my "friend" who says Muslims are the new blacks.

    Muslim seems to be the new “black”. Was it right what we did to Japanese Americans during WW2?? How about how Black Americans were treated through out our history, for no other reason than the color of their skin. Now we repeat history, but this time it is Muslims. It wasn’t right then, and it’s not right now.


    By Blogger Richard, at 9:18 AM  

  • A sign of hate? Well, I suppose that I do hate an ideology which seeks to subjugate all the world--a totalitarian ideology, particularly as that ideology is promoted and practiced by Wahhabists.

    Part of living in the West is pointed criticism and even satire. Such criticism is not the same as racism.

    As to what's on my porch, if you don't like it, don't look at it. Most certainly a name tag on a pig's ear does not in any way advocate persecution comparable to racism against blacks or to confinement. But certainly the ear tag does indicate in what low esteem I hold MTP.

    As I see it, Muslims need to be less sensitive if they are going to assimilate into Western society.

    The life of MTP speaks for itself.

    It so happens that a lot of things offend me. But I don't think that my being offended is grounds for condemnation of those things as hate or, even worse, a hate crime.

    Oh, and a statement such as Muslims are the new blacks obfuscates the issue, which is a matter of ideology. One's race is a matter of genetics, not a matter of choice. Being Muslim, on the other hand, is a choice of ideology or, if you prefer, a matter of faith.

    By Blogger Always On Watch, at 2:09 PM  

  • Muslims committed the huge blunder of revealing their vulnerability [cartoon flap]. Now the world knows what hurts them. When you find your opponent's weak spot, it is exactly where you want to hit him! If Islam is ridiculed publicly and systematically, it will be defeated.

    Muslim psychology is all pomposity and bravado. I give you my word that if Islam is ridiculed publicly and systematically, it will be defeated. Shame is a great motivator as well as deterrent. Do not underestimate the power of ridicule. This is serious stuff not a laughing matter!

    How much ridicule is enough? Until it hurts. The pain of shame must become bigger than the comfort of clinging to this false fetish. When you see their eyes are popping out of their eyeballs, their veins bulging in their necks, foam forming at their mouths, and they are ready to explode, you know that the remedy is working. Give them more. They will either die of heart attacks or they will come to their senses and recover from this insanity.

    Every one of us must become a cyberwarrior and mock Muhammad, Islam and the Muslims. Use your talent. Draw cartoons based on the hadith and the Quran. You can find tons of ridiculous stuff in these books to lampoon. Write articles, lyrics, jokes, plays, do whatever you can to ridicule Muhammad the prophet pretender and Muslims. Don't heed to their howls and cries.
    --ALI SINA

    Information on Ali Sina:

    Sina describes Muhammad as a "rapist", a "pedophile", a "monster", and mass murderer"....

    By Blogger Always On Watch, at 2:30 PM  

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