The Cartoon Jihad
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Fri Feb 3 07:46:12 MST 2006
I thought you folks might want to read this.
Muslims Against the Cartoon Jihad
By Kamal Nawash
FrontPageMagazine.com | February 3, 2006
Protests have spread across the Muslim world over the publication in
European news papers of cartoons depicting Prophet Muhammad as a
terrorist. Outrage over the cartoons has ignited demonstrations from
Turkey to the Gaza Strip, and prompted a boycott of Danish products
throughout the Middle East.
In Pakistan, hundreds demonstrated on Thursday, chanting "Death to
Denmark" and burning Danish and French flags. In Egypt, President
Hosni Mubarak warned that the decision by some European papers to
publish the cartoons could encourage terrorists. Consequently,
government ministers from 17 Arab nations have asked the Danish
government to punish the newspaper for what they called an "offense to
Islam" and some countries have even pulled their ambassadors from
The controversy intensified on Wednesday when a French news paper,
printed a new drawing on its front page showing Jewish, Muslim and
Christian holy figures sitting on a cloud, with the caption "Don't
worry Muhammad, we've all been caricatured here".
The response by Muslims to the cartoons is absolutely pathetic and
depressing but revealing. The reason Muslims are responding with anger
and threats of violence is because most Muslims live in countries where
democracy and freedom of speech are alien concepts.
Moreover, the Muslim world suffers from a lack of visionary
leadership. In this particular case, when Muslim leaders, including
American Muslim leaders, realized that Muslims are furious they joined
the chorus of fury rather than explain to their people that they must
be reasonable and that freedom of speech is healthy even if it is
insulting. What is even more disgusting is that most American Muslim
organizations, who should know better, have joined the chorus of
instigators rather than taking this opportunity to teach their members
about the importance of freedom of speech and tolerance.
One would think that Muslims have learned a lesson from the mishaps of
the radical Iranian spiritual leader, Ayatollah Khomeini when in 1989,
he called on Muslims to kill British author Salman Rushdie for alleged
blasphemy in his book, The Satanic Verses. The childish and stupid
reaction by Khomeini caused an otherwise poor book to become a number
one seller. Similarly today, the stupid reaction by Muslims has caused
many more news papers to publish insulting images of the Prophet
When will Muslims wake up and realize that their intolerance of
opposing opinions is keeping them in the dark ages? When will Muslims
realize that respect must be earned and not forced through violence and
coercion? When will Muslims realize that individual liberty and
freedom of expression are fundamental human rights? When will American
Muslim organization provide solutions to Muslims rather than instigate
problems? The Free Muslims Coalition hopes that the answer to all
these questions is soon.
For more information visit: www.FreeMuslims.org
Kamal Nawash, 202-776-7190, 301-905-6438, president at freemuslims.org.
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