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Cartoon satirizing the controversy about the satire cartoons

February 4th, 2006 . by Matt

This cartoon that I found on Jihadwatch is spot on in summing up the attitudes of newspapers that will not publish the cartoons because of ‘respect for Islam’.

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More cartoon violence

February 4th, 2006 . by Matt

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The Danish embassy set ablaze by mobs in Syria

The muslim anger over the publication of cartoons depicting their prophet has predictably turned violent.

The Danish and Norweigian embassies in Syria have been torched.

Thousands of Syrians enraged by caricatures of Islam’s revered prophet torched the Danish and Norwegian embassies on Saturday – the most violent of furious protests by Muslims in Asia, Europe and the Middle East.

In Gaza, Palestinians marched through the streets, storming European buildings and burning German and Danish flags. Protesters smashed the windows of the German cultural centre and threw stones at the European Commission building, police said.

Hundreds of Iraqis rallied to demand an apology from the European Union, and the leader of the Palestinian group Hamas called the cartoons “an unforgivable insult” which merited punishment by death.

The article continues, deviod of context to claim that –

… and even Europeans took to the streets in Denmark and Britain to voice their anger.

Does the article mean these Europeans?

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That is the profile of the kind of person that shouldnt be living in Europe.

The article continues with a comment from the Catholic church that proves the church is useless at giving a logical opinion on anything not to do with church doctrine.

The Vatican deplored the violence but said certain provocative forms of criticism were unacceptable. “The right to freedom of thought and expression … cannot entail the right to offend the religious sentiment of believers,” the Vatican said in its first statement on the controversy.

I wonder what the Vatican thinks of a Catholic believers right to express his belief that Mohammed is not a true prophet of god, and is indeed a false prophet? That offends muslims too.

The violence from the practitioners of Islam shows that Islam needs this kind of scrutiny. If a handful of cartoons can cause muslims to turn terrorists, and their governments to make angry denunciations, then we need to deal with them firmly, and start deporting people starting with anyone attending the protests above and carrying those signs.


Testosterone increase on Occidentalism

February 3rd, 2006 . by Matt

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Responding to the recent trend of Korea related blogs posting pics of hot chicks (example, lost nomad and his girl wednesday), I have decided to up the ante by posting a video of interviews with hot racing girls! The video is courtesy of Google video, but has been decoded so that even readers in Korea can watch it! Here it is.

Enjoy!


How to download Google video

February 3rd, 2006 . by Matt

I have introduced the great Google video service here several times, with the likes of the Amazing Russian acrobatic feats and the documentary, Children of the Secret State.

You are able to view google video online in your browser, but it is annoying when you want to watch it all the way through without having to wait for the streaming to finish. Now it is possible to download these videos through the fM Google Video Downloader. Just go to the Google video that you want and take its address from the address bar. The enter the fM Google Video Downloader and add that address in the appropriate box as in picture below.

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After you have pressed ‘Get Link’, an option to download the video will appear below.

You will also need a player for the .flv files as standard players will not run them. Martin has an excellent stand alone player that needs no installation. Just drag and drop the files into the window of the player, and they can be watched.

By the way, the addresses for the downloadable versions of Amazing Russian acrobatic feats and Children of the Secret State are here and here respectively.

Enjoy!


Mohammed cartoons

February 2nd, 2006 . by Matt

Recently there has been a wave of muslim anger at Danish cartoons that portray the Islamic prophet Mohammed. The portrayals of Mohammed are negative portrayals, but in Islam all portrayals of Mohammed are forbidden because he is supposed to represent human perfection, and thus any drawing of him would fall short of doing him justice.

Norwegian Muslims are demanding the imposition of Islamic law in that country by calling for a law against blasphemy.

Norway needs anti-blasphemy regulations to protect minorities against derisive and hateful expression, says lawyer Abid Q Raja.

“The point is not to restrict freedom of speech but to give it direction so that weak groups do not feel insulted or mocked. If we do nothing the differences within Norwegian society will increase in the future,” Raja told newspaper Dagsavisen.

Raja’s statement comes after the new wave of controversy surrounding caricatures of the prophet Mohammed, first published in Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten last September and now recently in the Norwegian Christian weekly Magazinet.

Raja said he perceives the caricatures as a clear insult of Muslims and their faith.

“I would like a new blasphemy regulation that defines limits for what type of offensive expression shall be allowed towards society’s minorities,” Raja said.

Professor of Public Law Eivind Smith at the University of Oslo is skeptical but believes it is high time to discuss views of blasphemy.

Norwegian law already forbids threats and insults to person on the background of their skin color, nationality, outlook on life or sexual preference. Smith believes it is important that any future tightening of the law favors human rights rather than religion.

“The point is to protect people against insult. God should be able to take care of himself,” Smith told Dagsavisen.

In the meantime, Islamic gunmen are laying siege to the EU offices in Gaza.

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Islamic gunmen outside the EU offices in Gaza

Palestinian gunmen have surrounded European Union offices in the Gaza Strip in protest at caricatures of the Prophet Mohammed that have been published in European newspapers.

Around a dozen gunmen from the militant group Islamic Jihad, and an armed faction of Fatah known as the Yasser Arafat brigades, threatened violence and demanded an apology for the cartoons.

The gunmen climbed walls surrounding the building and fired shots into the air before leaving, according to reports.

The group set a 48-hour deadline for an apology for the drawings, one of which features the Prophet wearing a turban shaped like a bomb.

Another armed Fatah group, called the Abu el-Reesh Brigades, said citizens of Norway, Denmark, France and Germany in Gaza “will be in danger” if their governments do not apologise within 10 hours.

The Danish paper that printed the cartoons originally had to have their offices evacuated after recieving a bomb threat.

The main offices of the Danish newspaper that angered many in the Muslim world by publishing caricatures of the Prophet Mohammad were evacuated on Wednesday evening after a bomb threat, police said.

It was the second time in two days that the offices of the Jyllands-Posten newspaper were evacuated in Aarhus, Denmark’s second city.

“A bomb threat was made over a telephone by an English-speaking man from a public phone in the neighborhood (of the newspaper in Aarhus),” police said.

From Copenhagen, Jeffrey Mallow from the Forward writes –

It doesn’t help that Muslims — both here and in the Middle East — seem to many Danes to be demanding more than just respect. Most Danes agree that it’s unfair to depict the prophet of Islam as a mad bomber. But many public voices in the Arab and Muslim press are going further: They want Denmark and the West to honor the Muslim religious ban on any depictions of Muhammad. That raises images of imposing Sharia law on Denmark, a country that guards its freedom of expression almost — well, religiously. Besides, as one observer noted this week, Jewish religious law forbids the depiction of God, but Jews don’t boycott Italy for Michelangelo’s “Creation.”

Denmark, like France, Great Britain and the Netherlands, is finally being forced to face the question of just what it means to be an immigrant. Does it mean accepting the culture of one’s adopted homeland, keeping one’s own roots as long as they don’t violate the law? Or does it mean, “Thanks for a piece of your territory, and now I will teach you — or force you — to live by my norms”? And what’s a free society to do about it?

Here are the cartoons that Muslims are so angry about.

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The fact is that all religions recieve criticism in the west. It is called freedom to express your beliefs, even if those beliefs contradict other peoples beliefs. When it comes to respecting other religions, Muslims are the worst. In Saudi Arabia for example, non Muslims have no rights at all.

In a briefing paper issued earlier this year, the commission recommended that advancing religious and other human rights should be a public feature of the U.S.-Saudi relationship.

“The conditions inside Saudi Arabia, as well as the possibility that the Saudi government has played a role in spreading hatred, intolerance, and even violence against both Muslims and non-Muslims, have very significant implications for U.S. foreign policy.”

The State Department has since 1999 chosen not to designate Saudi Arabia as a CPC despite repeated USCIRF recommendations and the widely-held view of religious freedom campaigners that Saudi Arabia is among the world’s most egregious violators.

The department’s stance has been criticized, especially in the light of the fact that its own annual assessment of the situation is that religious freedom “does not exist” in the kingdom – the strongest judgment applied to any country in the global report.

That verdict was repeated in its annual report for 2004, which said basic religious freedoms were denied to all those who do not adhere to the state-sanctioned version of Sunni Islam.

“Non-Muslim worshippers risk arrest, imprisonment, lashing, deportation and sometimes torture for engaging in religious activity that attracts official attention.”

The report also announced the addition of Vietnam and the small Horn of Africa nation of Eritrea to the CPC list.

Burma, China, Iran, North Korea, and Sudan were redesignated as CPCs. (Iraq, whose CPC designation for violations during the Saddam Hussein regime was lifted last June, is not evaluated in this year’s report.)

In a statement welcoming the report, USCIRF chairwoman Preeta Bansal said the commission especially applauded the decision regarding Saudi Arabia.

“All individuals, Muslims and non-Muslims alike, are denied freedom of conscience and belief in Saudi Arabia,” she said. “This, together with the Saudi government’s funding and global propagation of a particular brand of Islam, impedes the development of voices of toleration and debate within the Islamic tradition.”

Leading newspapers have come to the defence of the decision to publish the cartoons.

In an editorial entitled “Cartoons and Uproar”, the Globe and Mail writes:

“The right to free expression is worth nothing unless it includes the right to offend. For dialogue and debate to flourish, citizens must be allowed the maximum freedom to say what is on their minds, even if it is provocative, insulting, inflammatory or, yes, blasphemous.”

The Globe concludes that free societies “guarantee the right to publish controversial material without fear, even when the material offends or blasphemes”.

In its editorial entitled “In defence of Danish satire”, the National Post writes:

“To give in on this issue would represent the symbolic triumph of medievalism over the West’s cherished democratic secularism. Muhammad may be a hallowed figure to the world’s 1.2-billion Muslims. But knocking around hallowed figures is something democratic nations permit. Whether that means filth smeared on the Virgin Mary in a New York museum, or images of George W. Bush and Ariel Sharon eating babies, it’s all legal. Or should be, anyway.”

Noting the stubborness of Islamic nations in not separating Mosque from State, the Post concludes that “they should not be permitted to foist their intolerance on more advanced nations. Denmark’s government and Jyllands-Posten deserve praise for recognizing this fact”.

If Muslims cant handle freedom of conscience, then they shouldnt be emigrating to countries that value it. I say that we have tolerated intolerance for far too long.

Update: JoeT, the In Hell There Are No Nightlights guy, posted an illuminating pic about the muslim reaction to the cartoons in London.

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Terrorist call for the extermination of Islams enemies – in London!

Go and have a read of JoeT taking a switchblade to the repressive beliefs of these fanatics.

UPDATE 2: US backs Muslims in cartoon dispute

This article from Yahoo news has totally floored me. Say it aint true!

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States backed Muslims on Friday against European newspapers that printed caricatures of the Prophet Mohammad in a move that could help America’s battered image in the Islamic world.

Inserting itself into a dispute that has become a lightning rod for anti-European sentiment across the Muslim world, the United States sided with Muslims outraged that the publications put press freedom over respect for religion.

“These cartoons are indeed offensive to the belief of Muslims,” State Department spokesman Kurtis Cooper said in answer to a question.

“We all fully recognize and respect freedom of the press and expression but it must be coupled with press responsibility. Inciting religious or ethnic hatreds in this manner is not acceptable.”

American Muslims welcomed the U.S. position, although it stopped short of urging American media not to republish the cartoons that include depicting Mohammad as a terrorist.

Cooper said he had no comment as to why the United States chose to pass judgment in a dispute that ostensibly does not involve America.

But the United States, which was founded by immigrants fleeing religious persecution, has previously spoken out against publications offensive to believers of other faiths.

“Anti-Muslim images are as unacceptable as anti-Semitic images, as anti-Christian images or any other religious belief,” State Department spokesman Sean McCormack told reporters.

Shocking. Lets hope this will be retracted, and the people responsible removed from their positions in the state department.


Metropolitician on Occidentalism

February 1st, 2006 . by Matt

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According to Michael Hurt from Scribblings of the Metropolitician, Occidentalism is racist, sexist and worse! A debate about has started in the comments section of the post linked. Feel free to comment there or here about it.


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