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May 20: 1st International “Everybody Draw Mohammad Day”

Saturday, April 24th, 2010


Michael Moynihan has come up with a great idea:
First Annual Everybody Draw Mohammad Day

Via Dan Savage’s blog at The Stranger, some clever chappie (I
don’t know who) has declared May 20, 2010 “Everybody Draw Mohammad
Day,” in support of Matt Stone and Trey Parker and in opposition to
religious thuggery. Why May 20? I haven’t a clue, though it could
have something to do with Otto
the throne of Greece. Or, more likely, King Sancho IV
of Castile’s founding of the Study of General Schools of

I will be employing my tremendous skill as an illustrator, of
course, and expect that my colleagues will do the same.

Count me in, Michael!

(click on illustration for detail)

Dodd at Outside the Beltway, Diane Suffern and Allahpundit joined, too.

The Mo the Merrier!

Jon Stewart Notes Blatant Double Standard on ‘South Park’ Mohammed Censorship:

EDITORIAL: Comedy Central caves to terrorism
‘South Park’ was censored to pander to Islamist sentiment

UPDATE, Monday 26 April
Cartoonist Who Started “Everybody Draw Mohammed Day” Backing Away, Admits She Is An Idiot.

Axe-wielding Islamist attacks Mohammed cartoonist home

Saturday, January 2nd, 2010

Danish police shoot intruder at cartoonist’s home

Danish police have shot and wounded a man at the home of Kurt Westergaard, whose cartoon depicting the Prophet Muhammad sparked an international row.

Mr Westergaard scrambled into a panic room at his home in Aarhus after a man wielding an axe and a knife broke in.

The BBC had first reported that the intruder was wielding a hammer, not an axe.

Danish officials said the intruder was a 28-year-old Somali, who they did not name, but said was linked to the radical Islamist al-Shabab militia.

The cartoon, printed in 2005, prompted violent protests the following year.

The intruder was able to get in, in spite of the existing security measures:

His house has been heavily fortified and is under close police protection.

Police said the man had entered Mr Westergaard’s house armed with a knife and axe and had shouted in broken English that he wanted to kill him.

Mr Westergaard ran to a specially designed panic room where he raised the alarm.

Too bad the Danes don’t issue gun permits.

These are the cartoons, which, by the way, Yale University Press didn’t have the courage to publish in a book about them:


The Telegraph says,

Mr Westergaard’s cartoon was seen at the time as the most controversial, as it depicted the Prophet with a bomb in his turban.

Mark Steyn:

“Controversial” but entirely vindicated by events since. To return to the theme of my post a couple of days back, a significant percentage of Muslims in the west do not understand concepts such as pluralism and freedom of expression. A further percentage understand them very well but reject them as loser fetishes incompatible with the requirements of Islamic supremacism – and have a shrewd sense that when, push comes to shove, a lot of these fine liberal concepts crumble to nothing. Is the percentage of Muslims who support Mr Westergaard’s right to free expression and the broader principles of intellectual liberty sufficient to make the importation of legions of “27-year old Somalians” a net benefit to Denmark?

The answer to that seems obvious. But Mr Westergaard is 74, and I’ll bet his half-century-younger attacker grasps however crudely the demographic symbolism, in Scandinavia and beyond.

Noticias 24 reports that Westergaard was at home with his five year old grandson granddaughter. Noticias 24 also has a photo of the police standing in front of Westergaard’s house after the incident:


More photos of the location at Noticias 24.

Prior posts on the Mohammed cartoons here

Donate a car, and other items in today’s roundup

Friday, August 21st, 2009

Now that the cash for clunkers program is defunct, why don’t you consider donating your old car to charity? There are many local programs throughout the country, and the folks at Donate Car USA have an interesting article they would like you to read. Of course, before you donate to any charity, make sure to research them and be sure your donation will reach the people who really need it.

While on the subject of cars, armored vehicles are selling like hotcakes in Venezuela and the dealers can’t keep up with demand. No clunkers there

Mexico legalizes drug possession
Mexico decriminalizes small-scale drug possession
Mexico decriminalizes drug possession for small amounts as it battles big-time traffickers

Prosecutors said the new law sets clear limits that keep Mexico’s corruption-prone police from shaking down casual users and offers addicts free treatment to keep growing domestic drug use in check.

“This is not legalization, this is regulating the issue and giving citizens greater legal certainty,” said Bernardo Espino del Castillo of the attorney general’s office.

The new law sets out maximum “personal use” amounts for drugs, also including LSD and methamphetamine. People detained with those quantities no longer face criminal prosecution.

Education in Honduras: La Gringa asks, How low can you go?

Cuba’s economy (pdf file): Raulonomics:
Tough Diagnosis and Partial Prescriptions in Raul Castro’s Economic Policies

Drugs, money and narco-terror

Immigration Reform Is About Stopping Terror, Remember?
The author catches up with three Iraqis who attempted to illegally enter the U.S.

Following up on the Yale University Press’ deleting the Mohammed cartoons from a book on the subject, Roger Kimball found Martin Kramer connecting the dots.

Vaclac Klaus will be a speaker at the Cato Institute’s Freedom and Prosperity in
Central and Eastern Europe
20 Years after the Collapse of Communism
, which is scheduled for September 21, 2009.

Via Maria, What Would Jesus Do? Ask Obama

With dignity and respect, we are not “wee-weed up.”

Why special interests love Obamacare

Special interests, public financing a bad mix in Michigan governor’s race


In the fun department, Washington DC will have the Tangosutra tango festival on October 23-25.

Hitchens asks, “Why did Yale University Press remove images of Mohammed from a book about the Danish cartoons?”

Tuesday, August 18th, 2009

As you may recall, Yale University banned the Mohammed cartoons from being published in a book about the Mohammed cartoons (click on the photo to see the cartoons in full).


Today Christopher Hitchens writes,
Yale SurrendersWhy did Yale University Press remove images of Mohammed from a book about the Danish cartoons? and concludes,

It was bad enough during the original controversy, when most of the news media—and in the age of “the image” at that—refused to show the cartoons out of simple fear. But now the rot has gone a serious degree further into the fabric. Now we have to say that the mayhem we fear is also our fault, if not indeed our direct responsibility. This is the worst sort of masochism, and it involves inverting the honest meaning of our language as well as what might hitherto have been thought of as our concept of moral responsibility.

For Yale, this means, Goodbye, academic freedom. Goodbye, freedom of expression. Hello, self-censorship and fear.

Let’s hope the rest of the country doesn’t follow.

Yale bans the Muhammed cartoons from book

Thursday, August 13th, 2009

Remember the Mohammed cartoons?


Yale University Press has now banned them from being published in a book about the Mohammed cartoons.

Via Ed Driscoll, who says,

as this New York Times article illustrates, Yale finally finds a religion it’s willing to bend over backwards to respect

Yale Press Bans Images of Muhammad in New Book

So Yale University and Yale University Press consulted two dozen authorities, including diplomats and experts on Islam and counterterrorism, and the recommendation was unanimous: The book, “The Cartoons That Shook the World,” should not include the 12 Danish drawings that originally appeared in September 2005. What’s more, they suggested that the Yale press also refrain from publishing any other illustrations of the prophet that were to be included, specifically, a drawing for a children’s book; an Ottoman print; and a sketch by the 19th-century artist Gustave Doré of Muhammad being tormented in Hell, an episode from Dante’s “Inferno” that has been depicted by Botticelli, Blake, Rodin and Dalí.

While at it, the NYT misrepresented the Mohammed cartoon controversy. Jim Hoft has the details on that.

Roger Kimball lets it rip on this latest capitulation into fear.

Former Danish PM “deeply distresssed” by Danish cartoons

Monday, April 6th, 2009

Anders Fogh Rasmussen, former Danish Prime Minister and now NATO chief, speaking in Turkey today said he’s “deeply distressed” for the Danish cartoons:

His comments at an Istanbul conference on Monday fell short of the outright apology which Turkish officials had hoped for.

“I was deeply distressed that the cartoons were seen by many Muslims as an attempt by Denmark to mark and insult or behave disrespectfully toward Islam or the Prophet Mohammad. Nothing could be further from my mind,” he said

“I respect Islam as one of the world’s major religions as well as its religious symbols,” he said during a panel discussion at the conference aimed at building bridges between the Muslim world and the West.

Realpolitik turnaround? Craven appeasement?

Rasmussen previously defended publication of the cartoons, which caused protests in the Muslim world, on the grounds of free speech and refused to apologize to Muslim countries.


While you can, you can purchase a limited-edition print of the turban bomb cartoon: Gates of Vienna has the details,

In collaboration with the artist, the Free Press Society in Denmark and the International Free Press Society have printed up a limited edition of 1000 copies.

Each copy is individually numbered and signed by Kurt Westergaard.

The picture is printed in durable colors on fine paper 42 by 21.5 centimeters, suitable for framing. It will be delivered in a solid cardboard tube.

It can be yours for US $250, postage and handing included, but exclusive of customs dues or VAT where applicable.

The proceeds from this offer will go towards the International Free Press Society’s continuous campaign for free speech.

It can be purchased at the International Free Press Society page.

Embassy Attack in Pakistan Kills 4

Monday, June 2nd, 2008

The NYT today, Embassy Attack in Pakistan Kills 4, and the article mentions,

The bomb was the second effort to target foreigners in Islamabad in the last few months and came as the civilian government has signed a series of peace deals with Islamic militants in the nation’s tribal areas.

Appeasement never works.

Then there is the old Mohammed cartoons excuse: Bloomberg

Denmark’s three biggest newspapers, and about a dozen regional ones, on Feb. 13 reprinted an image of the Prophet Muhammad by cartoonist Kurt Westergaard, after police said he was the target of a terrorist-related murder plot. The publication of cartoons has triggered widespread protests in Pakistan, where 97 percent of the population is Muslim.

Gates of Vienna points out that,

Ever since their recent ban on the wearing of headscarves in courtrooms by judges, the Danes have been expecting trouble from the world’s 4.9 octillion outraged Muslims.

Trouble finally arrived today in the form of a car bomb detonated in front of the Danish embassy in Pakistan. Preliminary reports indicate that no actual Danes were injured or killed in the attack. Like so many other expressions of Muslim indignation, the work of the terrorists has had the primary effect of killing and maiming other Muslims.

The Beeb has the weirdest headline: Blast by Pakistan Danish embassy. Blast by? Do they mean to imply that the Danish embassy is to blame? As you can see in their own video report, the explosion was at the embassy site.

Or can’t the Beeb get themselves to call an attack an attack?

UPDATE, Wednesday June 4
Pakistan ambassador to Denmark: ‘Are you satisfied?’

(The Carnival of Latin America will be up in an hour or two. Please bear with me.)


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Where does "freedom of expression" end?

Wednesday, May 21st, 2008

Western culture is based on a fundamental respect for the right of the individual to express his or her opinion. This respect is in turn based on the respect for the right of individual’s ideas, as ideas are what make democracy flourish.

As any middle school kid can probably tell you, the American Constitution’s First Amendment reads (emphasis added),

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

Since here in the USA (and in Puerto Rico where I grew up) we are so accustomed to these words and so committed to the concept that Congress can pass no law limiting freedom of speech, we naturally assume that the rest of the Western world enjoys the same basic freedom.

However, that is not the case.

As you can see in today’s posts, there are countries in our hemisphere where the individual has no rights at all, and countries where the government is revising the school curriculum to create a “new man” who will think only certain ideas.

In Europe, today French judges justly decided that the French government’s own TV station was wrong to have sued for libel a French citizen that exposed the TV station’s dowright lies – lies which ignited an intifada in Israel. Few Americans – used as we are to view news as entertainment – realize how important this is.

The French judges’ decision in the Al Dura trial is vitally important because it exposes a most destructive libel against Israel. Freedom of expression, which Karsenty had to fight for in court, twice, is what allowed the libel to be shown for what it is.

At the same time, radical Islamists have rioted and killed over the Mohammed cartoons. They believe that we non-Muslims are inferior to them, and as such do not have the right to freely express any ideas that might offend Islam. The demonstrations took place in countries around the world, including some protests here in the US.

Freedom of expression is a dangerous concept to the totalitarian mind. It is inimical to any totalitarian state.

Therefore it is disquieting to read this Bruseels Journal article: Brussels Court Convicts Cartoonist (h/t Siggy)

The court ruled that freedom of the press, as protected by article 25 of the Belgian Constitution, does not apply to cartoons because article 25, which dates from 1831, applies to “writers” but not to illustrators.

Judges Valvekens, De Ridder and Morel of the 20th Chamber of the Court of First Instance in Brussels ruled that “The cover illustration cannot be considered to be a direct expression of a thought or opinion” protected by the freedom of the press because

“Article 25 explicitly refers to ‘the writer.’ The illustration used on the cover is merely a depiction of a person, and not a writing, to which the exceptional status that applies to offences relating to the printing press has no effect.”

According to the Brussels court, the freedom of the press is an “exceptional status” in Belgium. It only applies for writers, not illustrators, and only for written thoughts or opinions disseminated by means of a printing press.

While you, gentle reader, are probably thinking that this will never apply to you because after all, you’re not about to move to Belgium, you should also be aware that activist judges in the USA can go against the will of the people and can attempt to rewrite the “living Constitutions” of the states or of the nation.

What if an activist judge in someone’s pocket decided that rights are to be accorded exceptional status here, in our country, because (for instance) the internet is not meeting their definition of “speech” or “press”? Can we afford to be complacent about our freedoms?

We can not take our freedom for granted. Because the moment we do, it can all be lost.


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Copenhagen police arrest six in fifth night of riots

Friday, February 15th, 2008

Six more arrests in a fifth night of rioting in Denmark.

While Rowan Williams parses the role of rule of law in the UK, Fleming Rose explains what life has become to A Danish Cartoonist on the Run:

For the past three months Kurt [Westergaard] and his wife have been moving from house to house. In early November, they had a few hours to collect their most necessary belongings before they were driven to a safe location. They had to leave their car at home because the police wanted to create the impression that Kurt and Gitte were still living in the house. The mail was collected, garbage was removed, and an agent who physically resembled Kurt was installed in the house. This was done in case the plotters were to execute their plans to kill Kurt.

Kurt’s unpardonable offense? Drawing a cartoon of Mohammed wearing a turban bomb.

Is the present rioting directly caused by religious extremism, are the rioters being manipulated by religious leaders, or is it a combination of gang activity and religious manipulation of a segment of the population that was never taught how to integrate into a modern secular society? Or is it plain old vandalism?

I would like to know my readers’ opinions.

Prior post here.


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More burning outrage on the Mohammed cartoons

Thursday, February 14th, 2008

After the Danish Papers Reprint Muhammad Cartoon, specifically the one of Mohammed wearing a bomb turban, Danish police

have arrested three people suspected of plotting to kill one of the 12 cartoonists behind the Prophet Muhammad drawings that sparked a deadly uproar in the Muslim world two years ago.

Two Tunisians and a Dane of Moroccan origin were arrested in pre-dawn raids in western Denmark, the police intelligence agency said.

The Dane was suspected of violating Danish terror laws but likely would be released after questioning as the investigation continues.

The two Tunisians will be expelled from Denmark.

And the Astute Bloggers post that for the fourth night in a row vandals have started fires in Copenhagen:

The scorecard: 14 car fires, 20 container fires, 2 garbage fires, 14 cases of vandalism, 17 arrests

AP has more:

Some observers said immigrant
youths were protesting against perceived police harassment and suggested the reprinting of a cartoon of the Prophet Muhammad in Danish newspapers Wednesday, may have aggravated the situation.

“They feel provocations and discrimination by the police that stop then now and then to check them,” Copenhagen social worker Khalid Al-Subeihi said. “It doesn’t make it easier when the cartoons come back again.”

A Jyllands-Posten photographer was also attacked by vandals.

I’m sure the 17 arrested are already out on the streets.


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