I see your fatwa and raise you a Turban Bomb

jyllandsposten_bombhead

I suppose everyone knows what this is.

Hopefully you have heard by now that the Danish police intelligence agency (PET) arrested two Tunisians and one Dane for an alleged conspiracy to kill Kurt Westergaard—the cartoonist responsible for this drawing.

This is no laughing matter, really, but I have to laugh.  A frail old man draws a picture of a major religious figure—associating said figure with violence and death, and the adherents of the religion dispute this depiction and imputation via … riots, violence and conspiracy to commit murder.  My religion is not violent!  I will kill you if you say otherwise!

All right then, if you say so.

Further, I cannot even begin to comprehend the mental gymnastics that has apparently driven three intellectual midgets to contemplate the homicide of a 73-year-old man over ol’ turban-bomb*.  Yes, I understand the Mohammedans regard the cartoon as an insult.  I am sure many Christians (Catholics especially) regard Piss Christ and Holy Virgin Mary to be slightly more offensive, both in form and content.

The worst crime in connection with either of these works was one gent who vandalised the Virgin by smearing it with white oil-based paint.  He was charged with second-degree criminal mischief (a class D felony), later downgraded to a misdemeanor because the damage to the painting did not exceed USD $1,500.  As a security measure, the Brookyn Museum of Art went to the extreme of installing a rope partition.  Heavens.  Was that special blast-proof rope or just the ordinary kind, like at cinema queues?

Meanwhile, Kurt Westergaard has been living with police protection since 2005.

A friend of mine recently linked to another blog with this declaration:

We have the right to not obey Islamic law or customs. If we do not defend that right, we will certainly lose it.

I would go one further.

We have the right to accept or reject the tenets of any faith.  We have the right to mock or satirise the central figures, beliefs, customs and adherents of any religion.  We are not obligated to treat any faith with kid gloves and avoid saying things that might hurt feelings.  It might be polite to do so, but it is by no means compulsory.  You can’t, for example, refuse public services to someone of a different religion; but you are well within your rights to say “I think your beliefs are ridiculous”.  We are not bound to obey anyone else’s spiritual authorities or directives unless we freely choose to do so.

Even the Danish left is getting aboard, as quoted in the New York Times:

“Their plans to kill Kurt Westergaard … are not just an attack on Westergaard but an attack on our democratic culture,” the editorial said.

“Regardless of whether Jyllands-Posten at the time used freedom of speech unwisely and with damaging consequences, the paper deserves unconditional solidarity when it is threatened with terror,” it said.

“That is why Politiken today … prints the drawing, even though at no time have we sympathized with Jyllands-Posten’s provocation.”

Precisely.  So here’s lookin’ at you, Turban Bomb*.

* No disrespect to the blog called Turban Bomb, naturally.

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One Response
  1. Mikael says:

    “No disrespect to the blog called Turban Bomb, naturally.”
    Ah, thank you! 🙂