The following news clip from the BBC contains a litany of places where aggrieved Muslims took to the streets to protest the fact that Charlie Hebdo continues to publish “blasphemous” cartoons. Among the countries mentioned are Niger, Yemen, Pakistan, Turkey, and the Vatican. The protests reached varying degrees of violent intensity, the only exception being the Pope, for some strange reason.
It really sets my teeth on edge to hear the newscaster say “God’s messenger Mohammed”, without any qualifiers. Jesus would be called “the alleged son of God”, and the Buddha would be “the man considered to be ‘the awakened one’ by devout Buddhists”.
No scare quotes or hedging about the prophet Mohammed, though. He’s the real thing, according to the Beeb.
By the way — Muslim mobs are killing Christians and burning churches in Niger to protest the French Motoons, as if the editors, writers, and cartoonists of Charlie Hebdo were Christians. To save their skins, the surviving staff could publish the truth: “Don’t kill us! We hate Christians as much as you do!”
Many thanks to Vlad Tepes for uploading this video and annotating it with his commentary:
Below is Vlad’s commentary from the video, in a slightly different form:
While freedom to criticize religious authority is extremely important and must be defended, it is equally important to understand that Islam never stops making demands until the entire sharia is applied to all people everywhere.
It starts with limits on speech and thought. It will spread to food, finance, sexual habits, education (especially history), a renewed multi-class system based on religion and ethnicity, and eventually the “red line” by Muslims will be on everything you do, with the consequences being torture, amputations and death, possibly even with crucifixion before or after execution.
It must be understood that freedom to mock religion is only the first line. And if we must face a war over it, then better now, while we still have a chance to win it, than later.