…It’d be a shame if anything happened to it.
Islam is giving us our last warning, via the OIC:
“Shape up, or we will discipline you. Enough with the cartoons and all that other blasphemous garbage. We mean business this time.”
We’re used to the thinly veiled threat that accompanies the ol’ Muslim Shakedown, but this time it’s the premier international Islamic organization doing the shaking. According to the Arab News:
OIC Warns of ‘Bigger Conflict’ Over Cartoon
The Organization of the Islamic Conference denounced yesterday the reprinting of a blasphemous Danish cartoon, warning it could lead to confrontations between Muslims and Christians. “By reprinting these cartoons we are heading toward a bigger conflict and that shows that both sides will be hostages of their radicals,” OIC Secretary-General Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu told AFP in Istanbul.
“It is not a way of improving your rights and exercising your freedoms when you use these rights for insulting the most sacred values and symbols of others and inciting hatred,” he said. “This is a very wrong, provocative way — unacceptable.”
Several Danish newspapers on Wednesday republished one of 12 drawings, which had already caused bloody riots in the Muslim world in 2006, after police uncovered an alleged plot in the Scandinavian country to kill the cartoonist.
“The people who are doing this put themselves with the radicals, the fanatics and extremists who are using their beliefs as justification to hurt others,” Ihsanoglu said. “This is not the way to improve relations between East and West, between Islam and Christianity.” The drawing has triggered fresh uproar in Muslim countries.
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Thousands of supporters of the Islamist group Hamas protested in the Gaza Strip yesterday against the reprinting of the caricature. Hamas, which controls the coastal Palestinian territory, demanded that the Danish cartoonist be brought to trial and that an official apology be made to Muslims. It urged an end to organized campaigns to spread hatred of Islam.
“We are all a sacrifice to the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him), our blood, our property and our families are all a sacrifice to him,” a Hamas activist shouted through a loudspeaker after Friday prayers in the Jabalya refugee camp in the northern Gaza Strip.
At least 4,000 Hamas supporters took part in the rally yesterday, many waving green Hamas flags and others holding banners condemning the cartoons and urging Muslims to take action against Denmark. “Muslims must not be silent against these cartoons which are offensive to the great Prophet Muhammad,” one banner read.
“We urge Arab and Muslim countries to exert their efforts and to use all pressure tools under their control to stop these organized campaigns that spread hatred of Islam under so-called freedom of expression,” a Hamas statement said.
This is a classic protection racket — pay the “insurance premium” or we can’t guarantee your safety.
Make no mistake about it, we will definitely have to pay. In Arabic it’s known as jizyah, the tax one pays simply for the privilege of remaining non-Muslim. Most countries in the EU are already paying the jizyah in the form of massive welfare subsidies to idle Muslim immigrants, who consider such payments to be their rightful due to be extorted from the infidel.
However, much more than our money will be required of us. For those of us who survive, the full price demanded will be our complete submission.
Hat tip: TB.