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This is what free speech is all about

Wednesday, May 6th, 2015

“Would a reasonable person be offended by this image?“

I’m with Pete.

Related:
Islamic State claims responsibility for shooting at Texas AFDI/JW free speech event

Ecuador: ISIS death threats to cartoonist

Friday, March 6th, 2015

Rebeca Morla of PanamPost reports:
ISIS Radical Threatens Ecuador’s Top Cartoonist with Death
Bonil’s Gibe at Barbarism Not Funny to Enemy of the Infidels

Fundamedios, an NGO that advocates for free speech in the country, reported on Wednesday, March 4, that El Universo received a written statement in its readers mailbox titled, “A warning to the cartoonist Bonil.”+

It was signed by a person identified as José Muñiz, who claims to be a 22-year-old Ecuadorian citizen, student of Islam, and member of the Islamic State (ISIS).

Here’s the cartoon that has Muñiz’s panties in a bunch:

Bonil’s cartoon, titled “Fundamentalism and Barbarism,” was published on Sunday, March 1, in El Universo: “Let’s put an end to cultural expressions of the infidels!” “By Allah! The internet is slow … I cannot submit our video to Twitter and Facebook.”

And Bonil’s tweet,

France: Charlie Hebdo strikes one for freedom of the press and freedom of expression

Wednesday, September 19th, 2012

The guys who were firebombed last November over a Mohammed cartoon are at it again,
Charlie Hebdo, Satirical Weekly, Publishes Cartoons Of The Prophet Mohammad. The French government ordered schools and embassies to close on Friday.

This is what the cover looks like,

Gateway Pundit has the definitely-not-suitable-for-work inside cartoons. More NSFW here. It already sold out.

The government issued a statement,

Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault reaffirms that the freedom of expression is one of the fundamental principles of our Republic. This freedom is exercised within the framework of the law and under the supervision of the courts when a case is referred to them.

He also reaffirms the principle of laicité [secularism] which, along with the values of tolerance and respect for religious convictions, is at the heart of our Republican Pact.

And this is why, in the current context, the prime minister would like to express his disapproval of any excesses. He urges everyone to demonstrate a spirit of responsibility

Certainly the cops won’t be showing up to take away CH’s editor for questioning.

Taranto says that Paris is defending American values more vigorously than Washington is:

Free speech does not mean government-sanctioned speech, and Fabius’s criticism of the magazine’s editorial decision is an entirely reasonable and prudent one. The qualification, however, is crucially important–and, as we noted last week, it was missing from the statements of President Obama and Fabius’s counterpart, Hillary Clinton, about the YouTube film that the Obama administration blames for the recent anti-American violence in North Africa and elsewhere (though the Washington Examinerreports that the White House press secretary today put in a word for “the freedom of expression that is enshrined in our Constitution”).

Particularly since the riots are not about the video.

TIME’s Paris bureau chief: Charlie Hebdo asked for it

Thursday, November 3rd, 2011

Yesterday in Paris, Charlie Hebdo got firebombed out of existence for daring to publish a special Charia Hebdo issue.

TIME Mag took the side of the terrorists:
The tab title is “Offices of Satirical French Newspaper Charlie Hebdo Get Firebombed.” Innocuous enough. If you look at the official article title, Firebombed French Paper Is No Free Speech Martyr; it goes on to state,

So, yeah, the violence inflicted upon Charlie Hebdo was outrageous, unacceptable, condemnable, and illegal. But apart from the “illegal” bit, Charlie Hebdo’s current edition is all of the above, too.

However the article’s original title, i.e., how the author posted it initially, is “Firebombed French paper a victim of islamists, or of its own obnoxious Islamophobia?”

You can see it on the URL:

http://globalspin.blogs.time.com/2011/11/02/firebombed-french-paper-a-victim-of-islamistsor-its-own-obnoxious-islamophobia/#ixzz1ceST2k4g

Had TIME kept that title it would have saved having to read the rest.

Now, you’ll say, “another op-ed by a freelancer or a guest.”

Not so.

Bruce Cromley, the author of the piece, is described by TIME as,

Bruce Crumley, Paris bureau chief for TIME, helps shape TIME’s coverage of France and Europe in areas including business, politics, religion, terrorism and sports.

And,

He has been particularly active in TIME’s coverage of al Qaeda-sponsored terrorism since September 11, 2001-an area he has followed closely since 1994, when France became the favored European target of Islamist extremists.

Helping “shape TIME’s coverage” with full sympathy for the arsonists.

This is what Charlie Hebdo’s offices look like now,

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France: Charlie Hebdo firebombed

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2011

Charlie Hebdo, the Paris satirical paper that in 2006 was the only in the country to publish the Mohammed cartoons, was firebombed last night, since they wouldn’t submit:
Satirical Magazine Is Firebombed in Paris

The office of a French satirical magazine here was badly damaged by a firebomb early on Wednesday, the publisher said, after it published a spoof issue “guest edited” by the Prophet Muhammad to salute the victory of an Islamist party in Tunisian elections. The publication also said hackers had disrupted its Web site.

The magazine, Charlie Hebdo, had announced a special issue for publication Wednesday, renamed “Charia Hebdo,” a play on the word in French for Shariah law.

Here you see it,

Gateway Pundit reports,

Meanwhile, a play that [has] Jesus covered in crap is also playing in Paris.
No firebombs were reported.

¡No Pasarán! has more.

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Syria and the Mohammed cartoons

Wednesday, December 29th, 2010

Brian Preston writes about Taqiyya: WikiLeaked Docs Reveal Syria’s Role in the Cartoon Riots
Orchestrated chaos to serve political ends. Plus: Taqiyya: The Movie!
. Taqiyya means deception, and that it was,

The cartoon riots were a trick, perpetrated by unscrupulous imams and their backers, for the purpose of intimidating the West into adapting Islamist codes of speech policing, and for the purpose of generating fear and loathing of the West up and down that fabled Islamic street.  It all worked quite well, thanks in no small part to the Western media’s cowardly behavior throughout.

Now, to the incriminating doc concerning Syria.  At the time of the riots, it was fairly obvious that various and sundry despots around the Middle East were using the Danish cartoon controversy for their own ends.  Syria’s hands were bloody, as they tend to be in any crisis.

Here’s where the real taqiyya comes into play:

(C) xxxxxxx assessed that the SARG allowed the rioting to continue for an extended period and then, when it felt that “the message had been delivered,” it reacted with serious threats of force to stop it. He described the message to the U.S. and the broader international community as follows: “This is what you will have if we allow true democracy and allow Islamists to rule.” To the Islamic street all over the region, the message was that the SARG is protecting the dignity of Islam, and that the SARG is allowing Muslims freedom on the streets of Damascus they are not allowed on the streets of Cairo, Amman, or Tunis.

Notice the dual messages.  To the West, the riots were orchestrated and intended to send the West a message: Leave us despots alone or you’ll get nothing but chaos.  The Syrian Ba’ath Party had every incentive to send that particular message to a United States that had just toppled the neighboring Ba’ath dictatorship in Iraq.  Assad didn’t want to end up like Saddam.  To those who embodied the chaos, the rioters themselves, Assad sent a different message: We, the secular Syrian government, are your guardians from those nasties in the West.  Trust us to keep Islam pure.

Go read the rest of the article, while bearing in mind that the cartoonists are living in hiding.

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Suicide terrorist attack in Sweden, over Mo cartoons? VIDEO

Sunday, December 12th, 2010

Stockholm Hit by Blasts After E-Mail Warning

One man was killed and two other people were injured when two explosions hit the heart of Stockholm’s city-center shopping district on Saturday evening, the police in the Swedish capital said. The country’s foreign minister called the blasts a terrorist attack, and an e-mail to news organizations minutes before the blasts seemed to link them to anger over anti-Islamic cartoons and the war in Afghanistan.

The police said that a car parked near the busy shopping street of Drottninggatan exploded first, shortly before 5 p.m. Stockholm time, and that the wreckage of the vehicle included gas canisters. A second blast followed minutes later, and about 200 yards from the first. A man’s body, with blast injuries to his abdomen, was discovered after the second explosion.

Swedish newspapers portrayed the dead man as a suicide bomber, and the newspaper Aftonbladet said on its Web site that he had been carrying pipe bombs and a backpack full of nails. But the police declined to confirm this.

The now-dead terrorist’s message?

The recorded message sent to Swedish news organizations demanded that Muslims in Sweden “stop sucking up and degrading yourselves,” and broadened the appeal to “all mujahedeen,” or holy warriors, in Europe. “Now it’s time to attack,” it said. “Do not wait any longer. Come forth with whatever you have, even if it is a knife, and I know that you can bring more than knives. Fear no one. Do not be afraid of jail. Do not fear death.”

Gates of Vienna is covering the story in detail, with video,

and posts,
Six Pipe Bombs — How Many Exploded?
Confirmation From the Local
Gas Canisters for the Bystanders, Pipe Bombs for the Perp
Who Was the Stockholm Bomber?

Full report from Sweden at Big Peace,

About 10 minutes before the explosions an e-mail was sent to TT [news service], and also to the Swedish secret services (Säpo), where a man addresses “Sweden and the Swedish people”. He refers to the Swedish silence concerning Lars Vilks’ paintings, the Swedish soldiers in Afghanistan and says that “now your children, daughters and sisters will die as our brothers and sisters and children are dying”.

“Our actions will speak for themselves. As long as you continue to wage your war against Islam and insulting the prophet and your stupid support of the pig Vilks,” says the man.

Whereupon he encourages all Muslims in Sweden to “stop sucking up and debasing yourselves”. He ends the message with another exhortation to “all the mujahideen in Europe and Sweden”:

“Now is the time to attack, do not wait any longer. Come forward with whatever you have, even if it’s just a knife and I know you have more than just knives. Do not fear anyone, do not fear jail, do not fear death.”

It is not clear from the audio files if the man speaking belongs to any organization. But he states that he has been in the Middle East and asks his family to forgive him for having lied to them.“I never went to the Middle East to work or make money, I went there for jihad,” he says.

Säpo has not confirmed the contents to TT or confirmed having received the mail, which contains sound files where both Swedish and Arabic are spoken. TT has not been able to confirm that the mail is related to the explosion.

The car was registered to an “Abdul T”.

A witness who tried to give the man CPR says he removed the man’s Palestinian scarf while doing so. The man apparently had a whole bag of explosives

Vlad Tepes has more.

For prior posts on the Mohammed Cartoons, click here

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The 93,000

Thursday, May 20th, 2010

As of the writing of this post, 93,000 people support it on FaceBook, as the page’s creator faces death threats.

Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy

After receiving a few death threats myself, from Pakistan ISPs in the comments section, here’s the Mohammed Image Archive, and today’s roundup:

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20

21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30

31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40

41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50.

More:
51 52 53 54 55 56 57 58 59 60

61 62 63 64 65 66 67 68 69 70

And a bonus,
Opinion: Everybody Draw Ahmadinejad Day!

As of 2:35PM Eastern, 96,062 people like the facebook page.

More blogs:
71 72 73 74 75 76 77 78 79 80

4:10PM Eastern: 100,226 people now.

81 82 83 84 85 86 87 88 89 90

91 92 93 94 95 96

And…
Thousands of Mohammed images uploaded on Facebook
Thousands of provocative images of the Prophet Mohammed have been uploaded to the social networking site Facebook, sparking a fresh wave of outrage in Pakistan.

Welcome, Belmont Club readers! Please visit often.

UPDATE, Friday 21 May,
Facebook caved in and took down the page.

As you can see from the google cache, (click on image to enlarge) over 106,000 people had joined.

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The Lars Vilks attack UPDATE: His home was attacked, too

Saturday, May 15th, 2010

Michael Moynihan had posted on Tuesday the video of the attack on Swedish artist Lars Vilks during his presentation at Uppsala University:


Allhapundit posted on Wednesday that Swedish artist Lars Vilks had been disinvited, following the incident:
Cartoonist Lars Vilks attacked for showing Prophet Mohammed in gay film
Lars Vilks, the Swedish cartoon artist allegedly targeted by ‘Jihad Jane’ for portraying the Prophet Mohammed as a dog, was attacked Tuesday when he showed an Iranian film that depicts the Prophet in a gay bar. Are radical Muslims succeeding in muzzling free speech?

The answer to that question is a resounding yes. Allahpundit:

If you think this couldn’t happen at an American university, bad news: It already has. In fact, I’ve seen examples of it with my own two eyes. The punchline? As usual, appeasement only encourages further aggression by lowering the threshold for what constitutes actionable offense. Read this Paul Ibrahim piece at Pajamas contrasting western groveling to jihadis with the insults routinely thrown at Mohammed by an Arabic evangelical TV network. Ibrahim draws the lesson that if you act like a dhimmi, you’ll be treated like one. I think it’s more complicated than that — Arab atrocities against Arabs have always been vastly more tolerated in the Middle East than, say, western atrocities against Arabs — but good luck explaining how and why bowing to every threat of violence is making western media safer.

Oh — Vilks’s website was hacked this morning, too. Just another way to shut him up. Exit quotation from the man himself: “What you get [when you appease] is a mob deciding what can be discussed at the university… I’m ready to go up again. This must be carried through. You cannot allow it to be stopped.”

Today Allahpundit, American Power, and Ace (who has a brilliant headline: Plans Announced To Erect Islamic Culture Center On Lars Vilks’ Decapitated Body) have the video of the aftermath of the attack on Vilks:

One courageous woman confronted the mob by stating “this is not freedom of expression”.

Gates of Vienna examines the implications of some of the words shouted by Muslims in this video. Here is #2 (GoV lists 4):

2. If he had stopped the film, this couldn’t have happened.
In other words, if Mr. Vilks had moderated his actions to take into account the sentiments of Sweden’s Muslim community, nobody would have tried to kill him. From the enrichers’ standpoint, this makes perfect moral sense: the artist is required to alter his behavior to accord with norms that have nothing to do with Swedish tradition. Freedom of artistic expression is an atavistic cultural artifact that is not included in this particular postmodern schema.

According to the norms of Iraq, Afghanistan, Somalia, etc., the artist has the responsibility not to offend his audience with blasphemous “pornography”. If he neglects his responsibility, then his just punishment may include injury or death at the hands of those whom he has offended.

Immigrants in Sweden have learned that this is their right: their religion is to be respected at all times and by everyone. When an irresistible multicultural force meets an immovable free-speech object, guess which one has to yield? The culture-enrichers have long since learned that free speech is what almost always gives way. Lars Vilks was unable to finish his seminar, and the University of Uppsala is reluctant to reschedule it, due to “security issues”. Mr. Vilks is unlikely to find another venue unless he pays for it out of pocket, so the enrichers are right: their religion — and more importantly, their eagerness to resort to violence whenever they are insulted — trumps long-cherished Swedish freedoms.

Vilks continues to be a marked man. Notice how CNN demurred from showing his work, and they allow a woman to issue direct death threats without even showing her face:

The Poet Versus the Prophet
On standing up to totalitarian Islam

Since 2001, many Americans have asked how they can contribute in a direct way to the war against totalitarian Islam. Now we have an answer. If it’s legal, and likely to offend the radicals, just do it. That seems straightforward enough. But how many of us will have the nerve to stand up to a million or so Muslim dirtbags, and to scores of millions, perhaps hundreds of millions, of their fellow travelers and psychic enablers, and say in unison, “You want to kill the Enlightenment, you’re going to have to come through me.”

Visit Vlad Tepes’s YouTube channel for more Counterjihad Films.

UPDATE
Via Memeorandum:
Home of Swedish Muhammad cartoonist attacked

The home of a Swedish artist who once drew a cartoon of the Prophet Muhammad as a dog has been hit by a suspected arson attack, police said Saturday.

Lars Vilks, who lives in Nyhamnslage in southern Sweden, was not at home during the attack late Friday night and no one was reported injured.

It was the latest in a week of attacks on the 53-year-old cartoonist, who was assaulted Tuesday by a man while he lectured at a university and saw his Web site apparently attacked by hacker on Wednesday.

Police were alerted just before noon Saturday, as people passing by the artist’s house noted that several windows had been smashed. When officers arrived, they discovered plastic bottles filled with gasoline and fire damage on the surface of the building. Attackers are also suspected of having tried setting the inside of house on fire, but the flames are thought to have fizzled out.

Police have no suspects in the case, police Spokeswoman Sofie Osterheim said.

No suspects?

How about starting with the people who attacked him at the University?

2d update
A remark from Moe Lane,

Let me tell you what worries me about Europe. What worries me about Europe is not they’re going to collapse into some sort of prostrate client state of radical Islamist fanaticism. No, what worries me is that the Europeans have precisely two tools in their political toolbox: technocratic social democracy, and authoritarianism. Technocratic social democracy is rapidly demonstrating that it has absolutely no idea how to handle this kind of aggressive, violent religious fanaticism. Authoritarians… do. It will be the wrong answer, ethically speaking, but since when did that ever stop an authoritarian regime?

Particularly when cloaked in a socialist disguise…

The Lars Vilks attack UPDATE: His home was attacked, too

Saturday, May 15th, 2010

Michael Moynihan had posted on Tuesday the video of the attack on Swedish artist Lars Vilks during his presentation at Uppsala University:


Allhapundit posted on Wednesday that Swedish artist Lars Vilks had been disinvited, following the incident:
Cartoonist Lars Vilks attacked for showing Prophet Mohammed in gay film
Lars Vilks, the Swedish cartoon artist allegedly targeted by ‘Jihad Jane’ for portraying the Prophet Mohammed as a dog, was attacked Tuesday when he showed an Iranian film that depicts the Prophet in a gay bar. Are radical Muslims succeeding in muzzling free speech?

The answer to that question is a resounding yes. Allahpundit:

If you think this couldn’t happen at an American university, bad news: It already has. In fact, I’ve seen examples of it with my own two eyes. The punchline? As usual, appeasement only encourages further aggression by lowering the threshold for what constitutes actionable offense. Read this Paul Ibrahim piece at Pajamas contrasting western groveling to jihadis with the insults routinely thrown at Mohammed by an Arabic evangelical TV network. Ibrahim draws the lesson that if you act like a dhimmi, you’ll be treated like one. I think it’s more complicated than that — Arab atrocities against Arabs have always been vastly more tolerated in the Middle East than, say, western atrocities against Arabs — but good luck explaining how and why bowing to every threat of violence is making western media safer.

Oh — Vilks’s website was hacked this morning, too. Just another way to shut him up. Exit quotation from the man himself: “What you get [when you appease] is a mob deciding what can be discussed at the university… I’m ready to go up again. This must be carried through. You cannot allow it to be stopped.”

Today Allahpundit, American Power, and Ace (who has a brilliant headline: Plans Announced To Erect Islamic Culture Center On Lars Vilks’ Decapitated Body) have the video of the aftermath of the attack on Vilks:

One courageous woman confronted the mob by stating “this is not freedom of expression”.

Gates of Vienna examines the implications of some of the words shouted by Muslims in this video. Here is #2 (GoV lists 4):

2. If he had stopped the film, this couldn’t have happened.
In other words, if Mr. Vilks had moderated his actions to take into account the sentiments of Sweden’s Muslim community, nobody would have tried to kill him. From the enrichers’ standpoint, this makes perfect moral sense: the artist is required to alter his behavior to accord with norms that have nothing to do with Swedish tradition. Freedom of artistic expression is an atavistic cultural artifact that is not included in this particular postmodern schema.

According to the norms of Iraq, Afghanistan, Somalia, etc., the artist has the responsibility not to offend his audience with blasphemous “pornography”. If he neglects his responsibility, then his just punishment may include injury or death at the hands of those whom he has offended.

Immigrants in Sweden have learned that this is their right: their religion is to be respected at all times and by everyone. When an irresistible multicultural force meets an immovable free-speech object, guess which one has to yield? The culture-enrichers have long since learned that free speech is what almost always gives way. Lars Vilks was unable to finish his seminar, and the University of Uppsala is reluctant to reschedule it, due to “security issues”. Mr. Vilks is unlikely to find another venue unless he pays for it out of pocket, so the enrichers are right: their religion — and more importantly, their eagerness to resort to violence whenever they are insulted — trumps long-cherished Swedish freedoms.

Vilks continues to be a marked man. Notice how CNN demurred from showing his work, and they allow a woman to issue direct death threats without even showing her face:

The Poet Versus the Prophet
On standing up to totalitarian Islam

Since 2001, many Americans have asked how they can contribute in a direct way to the war against totalitarian Islam. Now we have an answer. If it’s legal, and likely to offend the radicals, just do it. That seems straightforward enough. But how many of us will have the nerve to stand up to a million or so Muslim dirtbags, and to scores of millions, perhaps hundreds of millions, of their fellow travelers and psychic enablers, and say in unison, “You want to kill the Enlightenment, you’re going to have to come through me.”

Visit Vlad Tepes’s YouTube channel for more Counterjihad Films.

UPDATE
Via Memeorandum:
Home of Swedish Muhammad cartoonist attacked

The home of a Swedish artist who once drew a cartoon of the Prophet Muhammad as a dog has been hit by a suspected arson attack, police said Saturday.

Lars Vilks, who lives in Nyhamnslage in southern Sweden, was not at home during the attack late Friday night and no one was reported injured.

It was the latest in a week of attacks on the 53-year-old cartoonist, who was assaulted Tuesday by a man while he lectured at a university and saw his Web site apparently attacked by hacker on Wednesday.

Police were alerted just before noon Saturday, as people passing by the artist’s house noted that several windows had been smashed. When officers arrived, they discovered plastic bottles filled with gasoline and fire damage on the surface of the building. Attackers are also suspected of having tried setting the inside of house on fire, but the flames are thought to have fizzled out.

Police have no suspects in the case, police Spokeswoman Sofie Osterheim said.

No suspects?

How about starting with the people who attacked him at the University?

2d update
A remark from Moe Lane,

Let me tell you what worries me about Europe. What worries me about Europe is not they’re going to collapse into some sort of prostrate client state of radical Islamist fanaticism. No, what worries me is that the Europeans have precisely two tools in their political toolbox: technocratic social democracy, and authoritarianism. Technocratic social democracy is rapidly demonstrating that it has absolutely no idea how to handle this kind of aggressive, violent religious fanaticism. Authoritarians… do. It will be the wrong answer, ethically speaking, but since when did that ever stop an authoritarian regime?

Particularly when cloaked in a socialist disguise…

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