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Saturday, February 04, 2006

The Infidel Bloggers Alliance Mohammed Cartoon Contest


Draw cartoons, or artistic depictions of Mohammed, and submit them to us here, by leaving a link in the comments section.

You don't need to be mean, or pornographic. Just draw good ole Mo in everyday situations, like standing in line at Wal-Mart, or whatever comes to your mind.

Remember, Jihadis get angry at images of Piglet, so we don't need to be extreme. The goal here is to show how many Muslims will get very angry at silly stuff.

(In many ways, the crazed reaction to silly cartoons has been a valuable lesson in the reality of Islamofascism for those of us here in the Western world.)

Therefore, think about it this way, the more artistic, the cuter, or sillier, the drawing of Mohammed, the better.

If you are doing something more hardcore, I believe my man Dag at No Dhimmitude would be more than happy to take your submissions. Dag's blog is getting huge traffic because of his approach.

The contest will be judged by Pamela at Atlas Shrugs (yes, the hot chick who is Infidel Babe of the Week), and Baron and Dymphna of Gates of Vienna.

The winner will receive the Infidel Bloggers Alliance Golden Balls Award. Now, let's be clear, this is a pseudo-Award (in other words, it doesn't really exist), just an image of the Golden Balls Trophy posted here at IBA, but, as you know, it is a very prestigious pseudo-Award. ;-)

All submissions must be received by midnight 2-11-06. The Winner will be announced on 2-18-06. Let's party like only Infidels can party.
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Why did Jyllands-Posten bring those cartoons?

This is my first post on this blog, actually it's my first post on a blog ever! I'm a student living in the current front line in this rising war between the west and the arab world, Denmark.

I guess many people around the world really don't know why Jyllands-Posten did bring the very discussed cartoons. They didn't do it to provoke muslims in any way. It all happened with the Theo van Gogh murder. He was killed because he made a film (Submission) critizing Islam (though it was more the view on women). Afterwards a writer named Kåre Bluitgen wrote a children's book about the profet Muhammed's life and searched artists to do some illustrations of Muhammed. He only found one artist willing to draw but the artist demanded that his name wouldn't be mentioned. He feared violent attacks from angry muslims (keep in mind the van Gogh murder was still pretty recent). This made Kåre Bluitgen, who is very leftist, openly question the self-censorship and freedom of expression in Denmark. Jyllands-Posten thought it was crazy that noone dared to do those illustrations, so they decided to try bring some cartoons of Muhammed themself and deliver their opinion to the very serious debate.

And that's why Jyllands-Posten bring thoose cartoons! Danish muslims was very angry about that and tried to find support in the rest of the world, and you probably now the rest.

Details to be found at wikipedia.

This is the war the arabic countries want. They are really going down, but I'm not sure if the western Europe will survive. I'm prepared to leave when Europe turns real bad.
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Three Brand-Spanking New Infidels


I am pleased to announce, we have three new contributors here at IBA.


From Israel, and the blog Tel-Chai Nation, give a warm welcome to Avi Green.

From Denmark, longtime CUANAS commenter, DS.

From Lord knows where, and I'm not sure we want to know, because she's a bit of a strange one (now there's the pot calling the kettle... ), Pim's Ghost from the blog, What Would Charles Martel Do?

I'm sure we will be seeing some posts from our new friends shortly.


Look at that, Dar al-Harb just keeps getting bigger and bigger.
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German Chancellor Says Iranian Threat "Like Nazi Era"

Our friend in Germany, Andrea Merkel spells it out clearly:


MUNICH, Germany (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel likened Iran's nuclear plans on Saturday to the threat posed by the Nazis in their early days, as top U.S. officials urged a tough line to stop Tehran from making an atomic bomb.

U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld accused the Islamic republic of being the world's leading sponsor of terrorism, a charge his Iranian counterpart rejected as "ridiculous" and "outrageous".

Addressing the annual Munich security conference, Merkel said countries around the world had underestimated the Nazi threat as Adolf Hitler rose to power.

"Looking back to German history in the early 1930s when National Socialism (Nazism) was on the rise, there were many outside Germany who said 'It's only rhetoric -- don't get excited'," she told the assembled world defense policy makers.

"There were times when people could have reacted differently and, in my view, Germany is obliged to do something at the early stages ... We want to, we must prevent Iran from developing its nuclear program."


Can you believe we are hearing such a thing out of a German leader. Good for Germany, and good for the world.

With leadership like this, there is a chance that we might get out of this war without millions dead.
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Syrians Torch Danish And Norwegian Embassies

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Syrians have set fire to the Norwegian and Danish embassies in Damascus to protest at the publication of newspaper cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad.

Protesters stormed the Danish site amid chants of "God is great", before moving on to attack the Norwegian mission.
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Guardian Enters The Cartoon Contest

They won't publish the original Mo pictures but they will post this on their site. Try and work that one out.
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The Power ... Oh Yeah, And The Glory Too

Too funny (from the Arab News, with thanks to Blueslord):


This week, we witnessed the power of the Islamic and Arab worlds to bring a Western nation virtually to its knees. I was amazed at that power. This is over an issue that the nation’s government had nothing to do with. All I can wonder is why the Islamic and Arab world doesn’t harness that power more effectively and change policies that directly impact our causes and our beliefs?


No wonder they have to kill their women. If any one of us were victims of such a stark disparity between self-image and reality, we would also have to murder those who knew us best.

Hey Arab world, that's a pathetic little ...

uh, I don't really know what to call it.
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We Hold These Truths To Be Self-Evident


Showing their true colors. The world is getting a lesson in Islamofascism. And, the best thing about it is, because of this worldwide temper tantrum, Europe is actually beginning to stand up for it's beliefs. That's why I wanted to see this battle happen.

Thank God.
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Friday, February 03, 2006

Turkey, against the beer

IF FOREIGNERS needed any reminding that investing in Turkey is risky, they should look no further than the beer industry. Over the past two years taxes on beer have risen by a huge 450%, to three-and-a-half times the European Union average.
After the latest increase, Denmark’s Carlsberg, which entered the
market with a $220m investment in 2001, accused the government of
reneging on promises not to put taxes up. With a can of Turkish beer
now costing over 15% more than its equivalent at a British supermarket,
“it’s obvious that sales will go down and therefore so too will the
government’s tax revenues,” says Muhtar Kent, boss of Turkey’s biggest
brewer, Anadolu Efes Pilsen. And it is not just the brewers who are
crying into their beer. Taxes on wine, whisky and other spirits have
risen at similarly dizzying rates. Only raki, the national drink, has been spared, with an increase in duties of around 150% in the past couple of years.

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It's The Religion Of Peace...

... and they'll kill you to prove it :

Click the above picture to see the Channel 4 News Clip (warning, video contains dhimmi justifications)
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Cartoons tasteless, but press should be free, Catholic scholar says

From Catholic World News.
"The Danes showed a lack of tact, but that doesn't mean that we should curb freedom of the press." That was the judgment of Father Justo Lacunza Balda, the director of the Pontifical Institute for Arabic and Islamic Studies, regarding the heated controversy over publication of newspaper cartoons that lampooned Islam.

Speaking to a Vatican Radio audience on February 3, Father Balda said that Danish editors should a "lack of wisdom" in publishing the cartoons, which have caused angry protests in the Muslim world. If the publications had been "just a bit prudent," he said, they would have realized that the caricatures would be deeply offensive to Islamic readers.

Saudi Arabian Prince Nayef Ben Abdel Aziz, his country's interior minister, had called upon the Vatican to condemn the cartoons for mocking the prophet Mohammed. To date, neither the Vatican press office nor the Pontifical Council for Inter-Religious Dialogue has offered any comment.

The views expressed on Vatican Radio by the director of the Pontifical Institute for Arabic and Islamic Studies contrasted with the opinions of Cardinal Achille Silvestrini, who had said that publication of the cartoons was a "scandal." While Father Balda said the cartoons were tasteless, he emphasized that "freedom of the press cannot be curbed" to appease Muslim sensibilities. He observed that Islamic leaders often have difficulty understanding the western dedication to freedom of expression.


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Suicidal Hypocrisy of the British Establishment

Arrested. Says "Islam is a wicked, vicious faith"

Not arrested. Says "Massacre those who Insult Isalm"

Cross Posted at DrunkenBlogging.

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APPEASEMENT OF MUSLIMS

Danish Cartoons of Mohammed

Mona Omar Attia, Egypt's ambassador to Denmark, said after a meeting with Rasmussen that she was satisfied with the position of the Danish government but noted the prime minister had said he could not interfere with the press.

"This means the whole story will continue and that we are back to square one again. The government of Denmark has to do something to APPEASE the Muslim world," Attia said.

Square one is right! We have only just begun to fight!!
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Muslims Protest In UK: "Europe, Your 9/11 Will Come"

Carrying signs that say "Massacre those who insult Islam," they show us the true colors of the "Religion of Peace." From Little Green Footballs:


Hundreds of Muslims have staged angry protests in London following the publication of cartoons satirising the prophet Mohammed.

Scores waved placards bearing angry messages, one declaring: “Behead the one who insults the prophet”. Others said: “Free speech go to hell” and “Europe: Your 9/11 will come”.


Let's face it, everybody. It's not about cartoons. It's not about us "insulting Islam." This is about idolatry.

As Always On Watch noted in a post below:


"The Quran does not specifically address artwork of Muhammad ...

... the ban has been virtually universal in all branches of the faith from its earliest days. Some Muslims oppose any art that depicts humans, and Muslims have tended to specialize in nature paintings, decorative arts and calligraphy. Some were wary of photography, too.


Artistic depictions of Mohammed are especially hated, but THEY HATE ALL ART WHICH PORTRAYS HUMAN BEINGS. This is why the Taliban blew up the Buddhist statues in Afghanistan.

Read the passage from AOW clearly. Muslim art specializes (not tends to specialize, but SPECIALIZES) in "nature paintings, and decorative arts."

This is why mosaic is big in Muslim countries. Because Mosaic can be beautiful, without depicting human beings. Rugs also are an artform to Muslims.

The truth is, Muslims create beautiful mosaics and rugs, but we, in the West, can hardly be expected to limit ourselves to their bizarre palette.

By the way, Muslim music is not allowed to contain any instrument but drums. The Muslim world robbed us of a great artist in Cat Stevens. The man wrote beautiful melodies and created warm, organic music with wondrously-recorded acoustic guitar. But, alas, no more.

Ask yourself, why you never see Cat Stevens touring in Western countries anymore. The answer is, because his palette is so limited by Islamic strictures that it renders his music unlistenable. You wouldn't pay to hear it.

The truth is, while there may be a point to the idea that we are "insulting Islam", and being rude (but, not violating our inalienable right to Freedom of Speech), the truth is, ultimately,

THERE IS NO PLEASING OUR MUSLIM BROTHERS AND SISTERS

if they strictly ascribe to the rules of Islam.

Therefore, this fight is as righteous as it gets.
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Jack Straw Appeases The Enemy

From The Astute Blogger:


"Foreign Secretary Jack Straw has condemned the decision by some European newspapers to reproduce cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad as "disrespectful".

This is pure unadulterated APPEASEMENT. Straw has never once criticized anti-Semitic cartoons run by the Guradian - and other Eurpoean newspapers, but now he criticizes anti-Islam cartoons. WHY? becasue of the uproar in the Islamic world.

What he and other leaders should be syaing to the Islamic world is "GROW UP, OR SHUT UP!"

All his appeasement does is invite more blackmail and enocurage more dhimmitude.Straw is the same FOOL who said a few weeks ago that military action against Iran was "OFF THE TABLE."

Straw is an ass and a fool. Blair should fire him at once.
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Cartoon Wars--Origins, Beliefs, and Escalation

Let's look at how Islam views these depictions:
"The spreading Muslim protests against newspapers that reprinted cartoons depicting the Prophet Muhammad stem from the deepest religious roots.

"Islam forbids visual depictions of the prophet, and regards violations by Muslims as highly sinful and by non-Muslims as the ultimate sort of insult.

"The prohibition is in part an application of the Quran's strict opposition to idolatry, the worship of a physical object as a god, including any hint of such devotion toward the faith's revered human prophet
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"In the Quran, shirk (Arabic for 'partnering' or 'associating' anything with God) is the one unforgivable sin: 'God does not forgive the joining of partners with him: anything less than that he forgives to whoever he will, but anyone who joins partners with God is lying and committing a tremendous sin' (4:48).

"The Quran does not specifically address artwork of Muhammad, and through history a few Muslims have painted him. But the ban has been virtually universal in all branches of the faith from its earliest days.

"The rule extends to artwork showing others regarded as prophets by Islam, including Jesus, even though Christians have often visualized their divine savior in paintings, statutes and films.

"Muslims disagree among themselves on whether it's proper to portray the prophet's early followers, known as the Companions. Unlike Sunnis, Shia Muslims allow images of their greatest saint, Ali, Muhammad's son-in-law.

"Some Muslims oppose any art that depicts humans, and Muslims have tended to specialize in nature paintings, decorative arts and calligraphy. Some were wary of photography, too. But Zahik Bukhari, director of Georgetown University's American Muslim Studies Program, says those attitudes are fading.

"A second aspect of the depiction ban is noted by John Esposito, editor of The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Modern Islamic World. Besides shunning any hint of idolatry, he says, the practice also expresses 'the deep reverence and respect Muslims have for Muhammad' as 'the ideal Muslim.' He notes that when the prophet is named, believers always add 'peace and blessings be upon him' and that he is sometimes called 'the living Quran.'

"Bukhari says the cartoons, first published in Denmark, constitute a triple offense for Muslims: first by depicting Muhammad at all; second by treating him disrespectfully; and third because 'in the present circumstance it is a symbol of the clash of civilizations that they want to insult the prophet and the whole of Islam.'...

"Sayyid M. Syeed, secretary general of the Islamic Society of North America, said it's important that non-Muslims distinguish between freedom of opinion on religious matters and needless offense.

"'Muslims respect free speech rights, Syeed said. But 'in a democratic environment, living in a pluralistic society, people should know they have to respect the sensitivity of Muslims on this issue. It does not muzzle their freedom of speech in rejecting Muhammad as the prophet.'
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I see a little problem here. Those who are not Muslims don't view Islam's founder as sacred and don't abide by Islamic restrictions. My interpretation of the above words from Syeed is that freedom of speech applies only if that freedom doesn't offend Muslims. Isn't that "muzzling"? Furthermore, because of the Islamic definition of what is acceptable art, much of what is on display in Western art galleries is patently offensive to some Muslims--not as offensive as caricatures of Muhammad the Prophet, but certainly not in line with strict Islamic guidelines.

Until today, the story of the cartoon wars in the Washington Post was limited to small news items or to somewhat longer pieces buried in the back pages. But on February 3, 2006, the story made the Washington Post's front page, above the fold....

Read my entire blog article here.
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Some photos from the protests against the cartoons

Published by The Washington Post. I am admired with the "solidarity" of the French company Carrefour, calling to boycott Danish goods. They are just followinf Nestlé that is announcing that there products have nothing to do with Denmark (here in French).

(Sorry, folks, I did not post the link...)

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Ansar al-Islam Declares War On The Entire World


Jeremy Spoke In Class Today

Ansar al-Islam declares war on the whole Infidel world. Just to be clear that means you and me:



Yesterday (Thursday) Mullah Krekar, the alleged leader of the Islamist group Ansar al-Islam who has been living in Norway as a refugee since 1991, said that the publication of the Muhammad cartoons was a declaration of war.

“The war has begun,” he told Norwegian journalists. Mr Krekar said Muslims in Norway are preparing to fight. It does not matter if the governments of Norway and Denmark apologize, the war is on.


Islamist organizations all over the world are issuing threats towards Europeans. The Islamist terrorist group Hizbollah announced that it is preparing suicide attacks in Denmark and Norway. A senior imam in Kuwait, Nazem al-Masbah, said that those who have published cartoons of Muhammad should be murdered.

He also threatened all citizens of the countries where the twelve Danish cartoons have been published with death.


As our very own, Thomas The Wraith, said earlier this evening:


... I can't tell you how big I smile when I think of the response of the blogosphere to the cartoon jihad. In a matter of days the internet has been flooded with homemade Muhammad cartoons and images. The original 12 cartoons are on countless sites where they are available to everyone.

The Muslim protests and boycotts spread but not as fast as the cartoons. Average people have come out swinging. The protests and boycotts will continue but Muslims can't boycott the world. They only make themselves look worse every time they call for violence against cartoonists. In many ways this was the opposite of the Rushdie affair.

In short, we won. Thanks.


I agree with Thomas. We have already won. But, I am all for pushing beyond a win, to utter and complete humiliation.

Keep the cartoons coming.
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Atomic Muhammad

This evening's Muhammad cartoon is up. Look out Jyllands-Posten, I'm catching up. I only need 4 more to tie. I should pass their 12 Mohammed cartoons early next week unless I find some time this weekend.

People who read this blog or visit mine might know that I am generally a pessimistic person but I can't tell you how big I smile when I think of the response of the blogosphere to the cartoon jihad. In a matter of days the internet has been flooded with homemade Muhammad cartoons and images. The original 12 cartoons are on countless sites where they are available to everyone. The Muslim protests and boycotts spread but not as fast as the cartoons. Average people have come out swinging. The protests and boycotts will continue but Muslims can't boycott the world. They only make themselves look worse every time they call for violence against cartoonists. In many ways this was the opposite of the Rushdie affair.

In short, we won. Thanks.
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Thursday, February 02, 2006

Huge News: Jordanian Paper Publishes Mohammed Cartoons

What a wonderful day this is:


Meanwhile, a Jordanian gossip tabloid on defiantly published three of the cartoons that have triggered outrage in the Arab and Muslim world.

"Muslims of the world, be reasonable," said the editor-in-chief of the weekly independent newspaper Al-Shihan in an editorial alongside the cartoons, including the one showing the Muslim religion's founder wearing a bomb-shaped turban.

What brings more prejudice against Islam, these caricatures or pictures of a hostage-taker slashing the throat of his victim in front of the cameras or a suicide bomber who blows himself up during a wedding ceremony in Amman?" wrote Jihad Momani.

He told the AFP news service he decided to publish the offending cartoons "so people know what they are protesting about... People are attacking drawings that they have not even seen."

UPDATE - It looks as though the publishing of the Mo pics in Jordan didn't go down to well with some :

Going against the flow, a Jordanian tabloid defiantly published three of the cartoons. Its publishing company later pulled all copies from the newsstands and fired the paper's editor-in-chief.

"Muslims of the world, be reasonable," Jihad Momani, the editor-in-chief of Al-Shihan, had written in an editorial alongside the cartoons, one of which showed Mohammed with the bomb-shaped turban.

Before he was fired, Momani told AFP he decided to publish the offending cartoons "so people know what they are protesting about.... People are attacking drawings that they have not even seen."

A German national was also "detained" by "palestinian" terrorists believing they had captured a Danish/Frenchman :

Gunmen in the West Bank briefly detained a German national amid the Muslim furore over the cartoons, some of which depicted the prophet as a terrorist, a militant group said.

Two masked gunmen seized the German from a hotel in the Palestinian town of Nablus "thinking he was French or Danish, and handed him over to police after realising their mistake," said a source from the Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades.

"The two men were acting to protest over the cartoons," he said.

Earlier, two armed groups threatened to target Danes, French and Norwegians in the Palestinian territories after the cartoons were published in their countries and gunmen besieged EU offices in Gaza.

"All nationals and those who work in the diplomatic corps of these countries can be considered targets of the Popular Resistance Committee and Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades," the two Palestinian groups said.
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The Infidel Bloggers Alliance Golden Balls Award


... goes to (drumroll) ... Pamela, at Atlas Shrugs.

Yes, that's right, she's Infidel Babe Of The Week, and the latest recipient of the Golden Balls Award.

I have long marveled at the way Pamela puts herself on the line. Her writing is absolutely uncompromising and, of course, it is accompanied by a face one can't forget. And yet, she does not hesitate to post her photo. No anonymity necessary here.

I'm sure more than one Islamofascist has passed Pamela on the streets of NYC and gotten all twisted up in little Jihadi knots, thinking to himself, "Do I want to kill her, or do I want to fall down on my knees and propose marriage to her?"

Of course, all the infidels of the world laugh in chorus, right along with Pamela, at the very thought.

Read Atlas Shrugs everyday. On second thought, maybe not. Because then you'll find out that's where I get half my material.
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Infidel Babe Of The Week


Pamela, of Atlas Shrugs. She is the blogosphere's equivalent of that Pam Anderson poster everybody has. Just the idea of wrapping this babe in a burqa is a friggin' abomination. I have a feeling, though, that if any dumb Islamofascist ever tried it, he'd be wrapped in pigskin quicker than you can say Ayn Rand.
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Help Voltaire! They've Gone Mad!

Apparently without their fired editor, France Soir's staff will not go down without a fight. From Spiegel Online -

EUROPE'S CARTOON JIHAD

With Fresh Memories of Burning Banlieues, France Walks on Eggshells

By Kim Rahir in Paris

In France, the publisher of France Soir fired his editor in chief for mocking the debate over disparaging Danish caricatures of Muhammad. But the issue has divided the country into two camps -- those who believe in the right to unfettered free speech and those who believe newspapers and others should be far more respectful of religious beliefs.



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French daily France Soir: "Help Voltaire, they have gone mad!"

The reaction came quickly. Just a few hours after the publication of several caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad in the French daily France Soir, publisher Raymond Lakah fired the newspaper's editor in chief. In a terse statement, the Franco-Egyptian businessman expressed his "sorrow towards those in the Muslim community and all people who had been shocked or made indignant by the publication."

But despite the loss editor in chief Jacques Lefranc, France Soir hit the newsstands on Thursday with the headline: "Help Voltaire, they've gone mad!" Apparently the other journalists at the Parisian tabloid intend to continue where their top editor had left off before his dismissal.

The paper's editorial continued in the same vein. "Can one imagine living in a society that has a ban on all cults? Where would that leave freedom of thought, freedom of speech or the freedom to come and go? We know such societies all too well. Take, for example Iran and its mullahs. Fanaticism is only able to feed itself through the capitulation of republicans and the secularists. And we already know what kind of defeats such a 'spirit of Munich' can lead to."

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In the face of such strong reactions, France Soir's Wednesday cover did come across as somewhat spiteful: "Yes, we have the right to caricature God," read the headline above an illustration that featured a bomb turban-wearing Muhammad and other dieties. But in contrast to Denmark and Norway, where the editors who originally ran the cartoons have faced little fallout or punishment, France Soir sent its editor in chief packing. The reasoning is simple: France has Europe's largest population of Muslims -- 5 million -- and jokes about religion in the country, especially Islam, can be dangerous.

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"Perhaps people must be reminded that freedom of speech applies to anything that is respective of the laws," wrote the daily Republique des Pyrenees. "Every person in France has the right to criticize religion. "Blasphemy is officially permitted." But other papers expressed fear of hurting the feelings of people from other cultures. "Didn't anyone stop and think about the fact that in the indispensible Arab-Muslim civilization an act like this will be interpreted as a cruel provocation?" asked a commentator in Le Courrier Picard.

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Conservative politicians also took part in the debate on Thursday, with many expressing their dismay over Lefranc's firing at France Soir. "This Islamic fundamentalism and intolerance is extremely dangerous," former French culture minister Francois Fillon said.

But others expressed their concern over the massive reaction against the cartoons in the Islamic world and also in the French Muslim community. The publication of the cartoons in Scandinavia caused so much anger that some Arab countries in the Gulf region are massively boycotting Danish products.

.. In Tunisia, the government banned the sale of France Soir's Wednesday edition, and a Moroccan newspaper demanded that the French paper be "punished." Indeed, in making his decision to fire Lefranc, fears that the children and grandchildren of France's Maghrebian immigrants might once again set fire to the streets of banlieues over this journalistic blasphemy couldn't have been far from publisher Lakah's mind.

Socio-economic problem

And that's another reason why the sensitivities of the French Muslim community aren't to be played with lightly. Most of France's Muslims aren't just co-religionists. They also belong to the same socio-economic segment of society. "The question of Islam isn't just a religious one. it's also social and political. It's also about discrimination and racism," wrote the magazine Le Nouvel Observateur this week.

France's Muslim community is predominately made up of immigrants from Northern Africa and their children and grandchildren. They are the ones living in the suburban ghettos across the country. "They are the most frequent victims of prejudice and racially motivated attacks in our country," French political analyst Nonna Mayer told SPIEGEL ONLINE.


... Le Nouvel Observateur pointed to classic example of such thinking. One the paper quoted a young man named Said from Nice. He said he considered himself to be an atheist, but "when the mayor rejects the building of a mosque, I suddenly become a Muslim."

In light of the explosive mood in the suburbs, people are on edge. An overwhelming 86 percent of the French said in a survey released on Monday that the violence in the country's ghettos could reignite at any moment.

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.. Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak warned if the publication of such cartoons continues "it will have dangerous consequences by incensing the feelings of both the Islamic world and Muslims in Europe."
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The Inalienable Right To Make Fun Of God: More European Papers Print Mohammed Cartoons

Yes:


Newspapers across Europe have reprinted caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad to show support for a Danish paper whose cartoons have sparked Muslim outrage.

Seven publications in France, Germany, the Netherlands, Italy and Spain all carried some of the drawings.

Their publication in Denmark led Arab nations to protest. Islamic tradition bans depictions of the Prophet.

The cartoons have sparked diplomatic sanctions and death threats in some Arab nations, while media watchdogs have defended publication of the images in the name of press freedom.

Reporters Without Borders said the reaction in the Arab world "betrays a lack of understanding" of press freedom as "an essential accomplishment of democracy."

France Soir and Germany's Die Welt were among the leading papers to reprint the cartoons, which first appeared in Denmark last September.

Other papers stood by their publication. In Berlin, Die Welt argued there was a right to blaspheme in the West, and asked whether Islam was capable of coping with satire.

"The protests from Muslims would be taken more seriously if they were less hypocritical," it wrote in an editorial.

La Stampa in Italy, El Periodico in Spain and Dutch paper Volkskrant also carried some of the drawings.

European Muslims spoke out against the pictures.

In Germany, the vice-chairman of the central council of Muslims said Muslims would be deeply offended.

"It was done not to defend freedom of the press, but to spite the Muslims," Mohammad Aman Hobohm said.
Sanctions



No Mohammed, it WAS done to defend freedom. And, we'll even defend your right to be an idiot.
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"Kill Those Who Insult The Prophet" : More On The Mohammed Cartoons

All cartoons, all the time.

Drudge Report posted the cartoons this morning. God bless Matt Drudge.

Little Green Footballs has some good stuff about Europe's knocking knees, and the reaction in the Islamic world.

Dinah Lord says the guy who owns the French paper that pussed out is an Egyptian.

Hmm. Is he Muslim?

British Muslims are calling on all their fellows to kill those who "insult the prophet."

Just to be clear, that means us bloggers here at IBA, and it means all of you who laugh at our cartoons.
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Bill Handel Has Great Big Golden Balls


KFI-Los Angeles radio-host Bill Handel is under fire for a joke he made about Muslims "stampeding" each other to death during the Hajj pilgrimage. They do stampede each other to death. It's a semi-annual death ritual. But, CAIR not only can't take a joke, they can't take the truth, and are now pressuring Handel to apologize.

A couple days ago, Infidel Bloggers Alliance, awarded Bill Handel our Golden Balls Award for the courageous stand he has taken against CAIR. He has refused to apologize:


On his program yesterday, Handel said he would apologize, but only if CAIR agreed to denounce "all bombing or attacks where intended victims are innocent citizens," to acknowledge Israeli sovereignty and to verify that the group has never had connections with any terrorist group or sponsor.

If those conditions are met, "I'll be more than happy to apologize for offending people, I'll apologize all day long," Handel said in a live 12-minute response to CAIR's complaint.


Now, here in an interview with the blog, The Radio Equalizer, our man Handel cranks it up a notch:


Radio Equalizer: so far, the station is standing behind you, as KFI says they don't censor their hosts. Do you see any circumstances where this could change?

Bill Handel: No, I see no circumstance that would change this unless I had sex on the air. But then again, that would upset everyone, not just my bosses.

RE: Are you confident they'll remain firm on this?

Handel: Yes, but my boss did come to work today with a prayer rug, so I'm hoping she's still standing by me.

RE: What do you see as the difference between your situation and previous CAIR protests, where hosts such as Michael Graham at WMAL have been fired?

Handel: This company has balls to stand behind its hosts. Disney, parent company of Graham's station, has NO business being in talk radio because they don't like controversy at all. Talk radio is all about controversy.

RE: Do you think CAIR has actually undermined itself by giving you so much free publicity?

Handel: I think this has given us an opportunity to really look at CAIR and see what they really stand for. And I also think this has given us an opportunity to look at ourselves and see what we really stand for.

The First Amendment is extremely important, and that's what we stand for. One other thing: try going to Google, type in "CAIR terror" and see what pops up!


Bill Handel is the man.
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Freedom of Speech


The Ariel Sharon eating a Palestinian baby cartoon (published in The Independent) won cartooon of the Year 2003 (from The Economist). Disgusting by any standards.

I don't recall Israel recalling it's ambassadors to Britain! Or Jews burning flags! But it's ok because it was done by the left (those on the moral high ground, of course) and it wasn't against Muslims it was against Israel /Jews. From a rather (at times) heated discussion over at Pickled Politics

Update: Welcome to all the new Danish visitors! You've got our backing.
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MPACUK: Mohammed Cartoons Fault of the Zionists!

Yes it was only a matter of time before Israel got the blame for the Mohammed cartoons furore. See MPACUK.
Here MPACUK exposes for the first time in Britain the Zionist owner of the paper and his hidden hand behind the attack on the Prophet PBUH. Once again MPACUK are the first Muslim group to get to the truth.

Pesky Zionists Jews! Via a comment from The Maven at HP
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Osthoff case: both Germany and Rusia spied for Saddam

Or so it looks like: click here to read about it.

A German newspaper has even postrated Osthoff as a new Jean of Arc leading the Iraqi nation against the US allied troops...




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Hamas Victory Has Brought Moment of Truth

by Ed Koch

The great Israeli statesman, Abba Eban, once said about the Palestinians that they “have never missed an opportunity to miss an opportunity.” He was so right.

At Camp David in July 2002, Yasir Arafat rejected then Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak’s offer of Palestinian statehood in more than 90 percent of the West Bank and in Gaza with Jerusalem serving as a joint Israeli-Palestinian capital. That offer was viewed by most Israelis and many supporters of Israel around the world as far too generous. It is an offer that should have been accepted and, in all probability, will never be made again and shouldn’t. . .

The charter of Hamas says of historic Palestine “no one can renounce it or part of it, or abandon it or part of it.” That charter calls for “rais[ing] the banner of Allah over every inch of Palestine.” The Times’ analysis reports “[The charter] calls for the elimination of Israel and Jews from Islamic holy land and portrays the Jews as evil…It describes the struggle against the Jews as a religious obligation for every Muslim.”

What are the options for the Israelis? One would be to join with those who say that Hamas doesn’t really mean it. The apologists cite the corruption of Fatah as an excuse for Hamas’ win in a democratic election and claim that Hamas will moderate over time, as it adjusts to governing.

That’s what many Jews and Christians in Germany and elsewhere said of Adolf Hitler and the Nazis. In those days, while trying to accommodate Hitler, apologists cited the Versailles treaty and its onerous provisions for reparations as excuses for the electoral success of Hitler who came to power lawfully in a democratic election.

The question is, will there be appeasement and a return to the era of Neville Chamberlain, or will the nations of the world stand up to the Islamic terrorists and defeat them, as Winston Churchill and Franklin Delano Roosevelt did the Nazis and Japanese. (Read it all)
Related:
1. What you might not know about The "Palestinians": Video Clips
2. "Hamastan"- and Bush's Post 911 Speech
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BOYS ESCAPE FROM MADRASSA IN CHAINS

It sure is tough getting a good education these days.
Check it out
here.

"Police raided the madrassa in the southern city of Karachi after 8-year-old Mohammad Ammar and 10-year-old Ahsan Mawia jumped from the roof to escape, still wearing their chains. “One of the boys was bleeding profusely and there were visible marks of beating on their bodies,” investigating police officer, Jahan Khan Niazi, said on Thursday. He said police raided the madrassa seeking to detain the principal on charges of keeping the boys in “illegal detention”.

“They beat us every day, kept us in chains and gave very little food to eat. We want to go home,” Ammar, the younger boy, told a court hearing after which the boys were handed over to their family.

Complaints about conditions in madrassas are widespread in Pakistan, where more than 12,000 religious schools provide free education, food and shelter to about a million children, most of them from poor families. The government launched a drive in 2003 to reform madrassas but this has faltered due to opposition from hard-line Islamists."

And I thought the nuns in my Catholic school were tough!
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The French Cave


The French have caved already. The managing Editor of French Soir, the newspaper who published the Mohammed cartoons, has been fired and the owner of the paper has issued an apology. Effing pathetic:



France Soir originally said it had published the images in full to show “religious dogma” had no place in a secular society.

But late on Wednesday its owner, Raymond Lakah, said he had removed managing editor Jacques Lefranc “as a powerful sign of respect for the intimate beliefs and convictions of every individual”.

Mr Lakah said: “We express our regrets to the Muslim community and all people who were shocked by the publication.”

The president of the French Council of the Muslim Faith (CFCM), Dalil Boubakeur, had described France Soir’s publication as an act of “real provocation towards the millions of Muslims living in France”.


Well, what do you know? I guess "religious dogma" does have a place in secular society.

See, the reason the West believes in Free Speech is not because we believe "religious dogma" needs to be kept out of the public sphere. For God's sake, the foundation of Free Speech is that all individuals were created equal, and endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights. We are created with Free Will, and imagination, and society is best served when individuals are allowed to express their imagination and will.

It all comes down to "religious dogma," really, whether you, as an individual, believe in God, or not.

Go back over the history of Western Civilization. The principles upon which our great culture is founded, did not spring out of the heads of people who had contempt for God. Instead, the ideas came from a deep contemplation of God, and of man's place in the God's creation.

The reason the French caved on this is, specifically, because of their "secular" society. By this, I do not mean to put down secularism, but instead to say that when a society holds up secularism as their ideal, eventually, they will lose all ideals, because they have nothing upon which to base any ideals.

G.K. Chesterton said that the person who doesn't believe in God, does not believe in nothing, but instead, will believe in anything.

In other words, when one's mind is not oriented around principles which rest upon bedrock faith, then one will waver and change one's principles when challenged.

The French, in this case, looked at their principles of secularism and got caught between two ideas.

1) the desire to avoid "religious dogma" in the public sphere,

and

2) the multiculturalist desire to be "tolerant" of the various peoples in their society.

If the question was not whether "religious dogma" should be allowed to assert itself in public, but instead was whether people have the inalienable right to express themselves, then the dilemna would have been an easy call.

But, the French Resistance caved to the Islamists, as quickly as they had once caved to the Nazis.

The French had better stop caving, or they are going to end up living in a cave.
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Crybaby Says: "Whaaa. You Hurt My Feelings."

My latest cartoon of Muhammad is available here.
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Some reflexions on the Muhammad cartoons

I have written them here.

You can also read this story.

On a hot day in June 1997, Tatiana Soskin took her black and white
caricature sketch of “Mohamed” and attempted to attach it to an Arab
storefront. Israeli security forces arrested her for attempted
vandalism and attempted incitement to riot. She was arraigned and
ordered by the judge to be taken to the Beer Ya’akov Mental Hospital
for a series of psychiatric exams to be sure that this “Kahanist
racist” was mentally fit to stand trial. While there she commented, “I
would rather be in a small mental hospital here than to live in the
bigger mental hospital that is the State of Israel!”

Just read. It's curious what it says about Netanyahu. And the Palestians dressing a donkey as a Jew.


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Recalling the Piss Christ Art of 1988 and the Christian and Liberal Left Re-action


The Autonomist has an excellent writeup about the 1988 'art exhibit' of a cross in a jar of urine. Remember that piece of 'art'? Remember all the death threats, bombing threats, attacks on art institutes, and boycotts? I remember the controversy. I thought it was in bad taste and insulting, but that is part of the cost of freedom of expression. You don't regulate 'bad taste' and here's the part that Muslims really hate, religion is not above satire. You criticize it and ignore it. ... and you move on. I see stuff all the time that I think is in bad taste or downright rude. You would go crazy if you cannot blow it off. The movie Paradise Now offends me. But I don't demand it be banned. I just won't pay to see it. I won't stop going to the theatre that shows Paradise Now and boycott it. Do you remember all the newspaper editorials and liberals who ferociously defended Serrano and berated the Christians? I do. Where are they now? We all know the answer to that. Can you spell D..h..i..mm..i?

As Denmark Fights Islamo-fascism, Cultural Elite Cowers

Back in 1988, Andres Serrano submerged a crucifix in a vat of his urine, photographed the result and called it "art."

Naturally, many of the world's two billion Christians were bothered by his antics. Members of the U.S. Congress called for a hard look at the National Endowment for the Arts, which had helped fund Serrano. Public outcry against Serrano was vocal and widespread.

As the uproar grew, numerous editorials in defense of Piss Christ, Serrano's controversial creation, were printed in U.S. and European newspapers and the Western cultural elite quickly sprang to his defense. For months, the New York Times beat the "freedom of expression" drum for all its worth, publishing numerous articles and opinion pieces sympathetic to Serrano and depicting him as courageous. In New York City, where Serrano lived, 400 New York artists held a public rally in support of his work and his right to create and display it. Serrano became a celebrated art-world hero.

Though some criticisms of Piss Christ, and the man who created it, were blistering, Serrano's art was never forced underground, nor was his life ever seriously threatened, nor was he forced into hiding a la Salman Rushdie or placed in protective custody. Violence-prone packs of Christians did not roam the streets of Paris, or London or Frankfurt or Madrid or New York, calling for, literally, the head of Piss Christ's creator.

Serrano as "art-star," soon faded like the controversy caused by his tasteless creation. Today, as in the 1980s, he freely and openly produces provocative, blasphemous and often pornographic art including that which reflects the cultural elite's unending obsessions with, and deification of, homosexuality, transgenderism and bodily mutilation. He never has, nor will he likely ever, push the outer limit of controversial artistic expression by creating work critical of, or disrespectful towards Islam.

Contrast the Christian reaction to Serrano's blasphemous Piss Christ, with that of the Muslim reaction to a series of cartoons recently published in the Jyllands-Posten, a Danish newspaper.........
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Scair Tactics And The Cultural Divide

Watch out! CAIR has begun trying to intimidate bloggers.

Thank you to Pim's Ghost, from What Would Charles Martel Do? for sending this over:


The Council on American Muslim Relations (CAIR) has recently begun agaitations in the section of their organization devoted to "alerts" and "activism" about bloggers and all of those who post online about their religion, going particularly after Robert Spencer's Jihad Watch (www.jihadwatch.org).

They have claimed that we are spreading "hate" with our reports about Islam and goings on in the world of muslim activism. It is pointless to bring up the numerous sites which attack Christianity or neo-paganism or multiple other religions. Once Islam is criticized, CAIR goes on the war path, with their decidedly American raised spokesperson Ibrahim Hooper usully leading the charge.


Go thou, and read the rest.
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Wednesday, February 01, 2006

Arab Media Cartoons


Click here for an archive of images.

Here, we see Jews as rats.









And here, we see a stereotype Jew teaching his Bush parrot to sing.

Nice, huh?
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Europe Bitchslaps Islamofascism

Newspapers across Europe are reprinting the Jyllands-Posten cartoons:


Newspapers across Europe have reprinted caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad to show support for a Danish paper whose cartoons have sparked Muslim outrage.

France Soir, Germany's Die Welt, La Stampa in Italy and El Periodico in Spain all carried some of the drawings.

Their publication in Denmark has led to protests in Arab nations, diplomatic sanctions and death threats.
Islamic tradition bans depictions of the Prophet, but media watchdogs defend press freedom to publish the images.


Reporters Without Borders said the reaction in the Arab world "betrays a lack of understanding" of press freedom as "an essential accomplishment of democracy."

France Soir said it had reprinted the full set to show that "religious dogma" had no place in a secular society.
Under the headline "Yes, we have the right to caricature God", the daily carried a front-page cartoon of Buddhist, Jewish, Muslim and Christian gods floating on a cloud.


It shows the Christian deity saying: "Don't complain, Muhammad, we've all been caricatured here."

Responding to France Soir's move, the French government said it supported press freedom - but added that beliefs and religions must be respected.

French Muslims spoke out against the pictures.

The president of the French Council of the Muslim Faith (CFCM), Dalil Boubakeur, described France Soir's move as an act of "real provocation towards the millions of Muslims living in France".

Theologian Sohaib Bencheikh said "one must find the borders between freedom of expression and freedom to protect the sacred".

"Unfortunately, the West has lost its sense of the sacred," he wrote in a column accompanying the cartoons in France Soir.

(Cue Beavis and Butthead doing wanking-off motion.)

The publication in Denmark of the images last September has provoked diplomatic sanctions and threats from Islamic militants across the Muslim world.

Dozens of protesters from a small Islamic party demonstrated in front of the Danish embassy in Ankara on Wednesday, the Associated Press reports.

Ministers from 17 Arab countries on Tuesday urged Denmark's government to punish Jyllands-Posten, the Danish newspaper that first published the caricatures, for what they described as an "offence to Islam".

Thousands of Palestinians demonstrated this week in the Gaza Strip.

Syria and Saudi Arabia have recalled their ambassadors to Denmark, while Libya said it was closing its embassy in Copenhagen and Iraq summoned the Danish envoy to condemn the cartoons.

The offices of Jyllands-Posten, had to be evacuated on Tuesday because of a bomb threat.

The paper had apologised a day earlier for causing offence to Muslims, although it maintained it was legal under Danish law to print them.


How about that? Jyllands-Posten apologizes and the next day there's a bomb threat. What does that tell you?

Let me say this, good job Europe. I have never been so proud to be a Westerner. We all owe Europe for this.
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Soccer Moms Vs. Jihad Moms

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A Little Image Problem

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France More Supportive Of Denmark Than Clinton


I think Clinton is just too busy with his other projects to do anything about Islamofascism.


From the Astute Blogger:


FRANCE-SOIR has republished the 12 cartoons which have inspired the Arab Muslim nations to begin a boycott of Denmark:

France Soir said it had published the cartoons to show that "religious dogma" had no place in a secular society. ... The paper said it had decided to republish them "because no religious dogma can impose itself on a democratic and secular society".

The offices of the Danish newspaper that first published the caricatures, Jyllands-Posten, had to be evacuated on Tuesday because of a bomb threat. ... Thousands of Palestinians demonstrated this week in the Gaza Strip, burning Danish flags and portraits of the Danish prime minister.

Saudi Arabia has recalled its ambassador to Denmark, while Libya said it was closing its embassy in Copenhagen and Iraq summoned the Danish envoy to condemn the cartoons. BJ Clinton on the other hand has taken the side of the racist misogynist genocidal Aran Muslim nations:

Clinton described as “appalling” the 12 cartoons published in a Danish newspaper in September and causing uproar in the Muslim world.

“None of us are totally free of stereotypes about people of different races, different ethnic groups, and different religions ... there was this appalling example in northern Europe, in Denmark ... these totally outrageous cartoons against Islam,” he said.

I have never ONCE heard Clinton complain about the horrifying and anti-Semitic depeictions of Jews - and of Sharon, for example - which CONSTANTLY APPEAR in the Arab Muslim press - AND IN THE EU's LEFT-WING PRESS! - like ones of Sharon depicted as bloodsucking cannibal eating Arabs.Clinton and his fellow travellers on the enemy-appeasing Left - like Carter and Sheehan and Dean and Pelosi and Reid and Murtha and Teddy Jo Kennedy and Genghis Kerry - are running are partly responsible for the mess we're in:

Carter helped Khomeini takeover Iran, let the USSR take over Afgfhanistan, and let Saddam take over Iraq. Clinton ignored al Qaeda - for his entire 8 years in office, and passed up on SEVERAL chances to get Binladen.

It is fitting and proper that now BOTH OF THESE USELESS LEFT-WING ENEMY-APPEASING DOVES should trake the side of the those who would limit our freedoms. They are scum.

NOTE: I suspect that Clinton will be getting a lot of "donations" from his new Arab Muslim "friends" (today's Arab press is all over him with praise!) and I suspect that this is one MAJOR reason for his comments: Clinton is doing what he and his fellow travellers have always done - pander for money.

REMEMBER: FORMER FBI DIRECTOR LOUIS FREEH said that Clinton went all soft on the Saudi in 2000 because he was more concerned about getting a donation for his presidential library than in making foreign policy that was good for the USA and our allies.

More on this corrupt philandering perjurious piece of excrement's pandering to Arabs for money HERE and HERE.
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From a Jihadist to a Human

Pedestrian Infidel's "Avenging Apostate" has today finally posted the conclusion of his six-part post, "From a Jihadist to a Human." It's a story from darkness to light, the true story of how a committed Muslim and jihadist found his own tortuous path to the truth and broke free from the shackles of Islam. If you want to better understand the power that the cult of Islam holds over so many millions of people, then Avenging Apostate's testimony is a must-read.

If you haven't been reading this compelling story, you can start with part one of "From a Jihadist to a Human" right here. Read it all.
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For Instance, Here's A Cute Little Mohammed Cartoon


Mohammed and his pals. Aren't they cute?
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Calling All Infidels

The Mohammed cartoon thing may be bigger than first planned. There will be an announcement soon.

Please keep making submissions for publication at a later date.

Draw cartoons, or artistic depictions of Mohammed.

You don't need to be mean, or pornographic. Just draw him in everyday situations, like standing in line at Wal-Mart, or whatever comes to your mind.

Leave us a link here, so we can post them, or just post them on your own, if you have a blog.Let's make this the new and omnipresent meme of the blogosphere.

UPDATE: Quite a few of you have kindly left links. However, some of the stuff which has been submitted is rather mean. I have no objection to your work. I am a believer in absolute free speech.

However, my goal here is to show how Muslims will get very angry at silly stuff. For instance, in the UK, several months back, public displays of Piglet were banned because they offended Muslims.

Therefore, think about it this way, the cuter, and sillier the drawing of Mohammed, the better.

If you are doing something more hardcore, I believe my man Dag at No Dhimmitude were be more than happy to take your submissions. Dag's blog is getting huge traffic because of his approach.
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Keep up the good fight!

Our friends down under at Democracy Frontline have been at the fore front of this Danish cartoon issue. Recently they have had 150,000 hits in one day and 4,000 unique visitors. Seems to have struck a nerve, much like here at IBA. The traffic to my own blog has doubled with most or all coming from the Middle East.

I am sure the rest of you have experienced email like this. This I am sure is but a portion of what is to follow. This comment came from DFL and was written to Felis.

I think you should look to your self and your society all what you have sex and sex and sex there is no ethics no respect for any one any relegion any country , always you say freedom, where freedom is when usa occupy iraq & afghanesta where freedom is when usa support israel to occupy Palestine i think that you dont understand what freedom is ? It is not freedom when puplish a silly cartoons for prophet MOHAMMAD ! what will you do if any body put a silly picture for you ! However you are nothing in relevant to prophetMOHAMMAD.i WILL NOT TALK WITH YOU ABOUT ISLAM COS I WILL WASTE MY TIME WITH YOU
fINALLY IWANT TO SAY THAT BY JIHAD AND SUICIDE BOMBERS WE WILL WIN


Keep up the good fight!
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Cal Thomas' Hard Hitting Column

Cal Thomas, the syndicated columnist, is saying what we’ve been saying about the Hamas victory in his article, “Terrorists Win: Why the Surprise?” which is titled “Denying Denial” in my local newspaper. It’s great to see this hit the mainstream press. I wish he gave his readers a link to IBA. C’mon, Cal, we know you’re reading us! Soon you'll be able to use the "I" word: Islam.

I periodically feature individual websites or introductory articles of Islam for those new to the problem. Today, I focus on 3 good websites.

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Muslim Outrage, Cartoons, and CAIR

I didn't pay much attention to the flap over the Danish cartoons when the story first appeared in December. But after seeing yesterday's article in the Washington Post, I just had to post on it, especially when CAIR jumped aboard the bandwagon yesterday.

Maybe the cartoons are insulting. Lots of things offend lots of people. But suppression of freedom of the press and freedom of speech is even more offensive. Beyond offensive! If those ideals are compromised, we will see the fall of Western civilization.


You can read my entire article here.
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Tension erupts between Fatah, Hamas in Gaza

From Yahoo News:
GAZA (Reuters) - A bomb blew up outside the house of a senior Palestinian security commander in the Gaza Strip on
Wednesday, increasing tensions between President Mahmoud
Abbas's Fatah faction and the militant Islamic group Hamas.

The attack in the southern town of Rafah was the first
against a leader of the Palestinian security service, which is
dominated by Fatah, since Hamas won the January 25
parliamentary election by a landslide.

The target of the bomb blamed Hamas who denied involvement.

It blew off the front door of the house of Suleiman Abu
Mutleq, director-general of the Preventive Security Agency in
the Gaza Strip, Palestinian officials said.

"I accuse Hamas and its leadership of the attack on my
house. A group from Hamas's armed wing (Izz-el-Deen al-Qassam)
detonated a 3-kg (seven lb) explosive device against my home,"
Abu Mutleq told Reuters.




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Mohammed Cartoon Newspaper In Bomb Threat

Islam is a religion of peace, and I'll kill you to proove it!

With no sense of irony (or brain cells) Islamists have sent bomb threats to Jyllands-Posten newspaper for printing images of Mohammed. One of them was this:

In a shocking development a French newspaper has reprinted the cartoons. Ok, I'll repeat that, a French newspaper has reprinted the cartoons. From the Telegraph.
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The Blue Scarf Revolution


TruePeers, of YARGB, and Dag, of No Dhimmitude, are promoting the Blue Scarf Revolution: This Thursday at 7 pm local time, I will be meeting Dag of the No Dhimmitude blog, for a discussion of free speech, multiculturalism, and Islam, at a McDonald's restaurant at Main and Terminal in Vancouver, British Columbia (the McDonald's on the southwest corner, not the one across the street in the train station).

Thanks to Dag's blogging and to the Revolution Bleue movement in France that has emerged in response to elite media and government crack downs on Republican free speech, in the wake of the recent riots and the more general desire in many western countries to ban anti-Islamic and other forms of politically-incorrect speech (on this see, for example, Wretchard's recent post), there will be people meeting around the world in McDonald's restaurants and wearing blue scarves to identify each other and to show sympathy with those in France who are wearing blue scarves in public opposition to their present regime.

While we Canadians are yet unsure if we share fully in the goals of the French blue scarves - a recent anti-Masonic comment at their blog raised eyebrows because of the proximity of anti-Masonic and antisemitic rhetoric historically... but Freemasonry in France is a frankly political and anti-clerical movement, perhaps deserving some criticism, we don't know - it strikes us as nonetheless important for westerners to get out in public and find their voices in face of the various postmodern ideologies that would limit speech in the name of the supposed victims of free speech.

And it is important for people to discuss this issue in terms of the ongoing conflict between the west and Islam - or Islamic radicalism, if you prefer.

What, for example, is the duty of western men and women to the Islamic women who are forced (in our opinion) to wear extreme forms of head covering, like the Burka, in our westetern cities, a symbol of their more general oppression under Islam and related forms of family life?

How do we contest the multicultural ideolgies that would defend "the choice" to wear the burka, as a "right"?

This question of defending women enslaved by religion, family, and multicultural ideology is the specific topic for our meeting this Thursday. If you cannot join us, have a look at Dag's blog - especially his archives for last week - to gain some sense of the larger blue scarf movement and consider organizing a meeting at your local McDonald's. Just get the word out in the blogosphere when you will be at McDonald's, and see if any blue scarves show up. It worked for Dag.

Dag chose McDonald's as our meeting place, not simply because they are ubiquitous and you can sit for hours with a cup of coffee. In their ubiquity McDonald's also symbolize a western secular alternative to the sacred meeting places of the Islamic world. And because the target of our discussions is not simply Islamic radicalism, but its present tactical marriage with imperialistic western multiculturalism, McDonald's is the perfect symbol since it is so often a scandal for the elitist anti-American leftists who know what is best for all of us and who would restrict our free speech and stomachs accordingly.

Of course, it is when the mouths are closed that violence is most certain, and the present moves to restrict free speech are sure to reduce the security of Muslims in the west, not strengthen it. Because we are not against Muslims as people (we are out to love and defend the better side of humanity in all of us) but simply want a venue to meet and criticize aspects of both Islamic religion and postmodern western ideologies, we expect and will welcome into our meetings people of all faiths and backgrounds.

UPDATE, Feb. 1, 3:30 GMT: Dag's blog is currently undergoing some trouble. It's not loading properly and he thinks he may be under some kind of attack. Please try the link later.
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Muhammad Loves Denmark



Smiling Mo is back, baby. And the man digs Denmark. Show your support for our Danish sisters and brothers. Buy Danish stuff. Smiling Mo does.
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Patrick Kaffir, of the great blog Clarity and Resolve, was nice enough to make this for us. I am honored. Thanks, Patrick.

I hope J will post it, because I have no idea how to do that.

:)

I'm a technotard.
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Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Why Condi Will Fall for Hamas' Taqiyya

Anyone who reads the Hamas-Palestine news articles will see subtle 'shifts' in Hamas rhetoric. Lots of discussions about 'truces' and focus on Palestinian misery if the aid is stopped. It is all taqiyya. There will be no real promises, no real committments to end violence. There will be some statement of 'co-existence' for a period depending on such and such conditions. It is all taqiyya. And Condi will fall for it.

Why is this? Condi has never studied Islam. If you asked her about the Treaty of Hudaybiyyah, she would say 'what's that?' If you asked her what is the 'universal message of Islam', a term I have seen several times lately, she would say "Peace and justice." She couldn't be more wrong. I don't even think she knows what the 'ummah' is and what its global concept means. It means NOTHING for a Muslim to lie and make committments they never intend to keep. Especially with infidels.

Dhimwits like Condi cannot grasp that the laws and goals of Islam overrule everything. She cannot grasp the concept of taqiyya and strategic retreat to jihad another day. She does not know what 'jizya' means, much less what dhimmitude is. She does not understand that returning the land Israel occupies to the Dar al Islam is paramount and never, ever will be compromised or forgotten. This concept Condi cannot understand.

Hamas' charter is Islam focused. They are fighting the jihad in every way. Hamas will tell Condi and the EUdhimmis 'sorta' what they want, but it will have so many exit clauses and conditions, it will be meaningless except to Condi and the EUdhimmis. For example, they will say we will recognize Israel if Israel returns to the 1967 'borders', give up East Jerusalem, and do this and do that. Amazingly, Condi and the EUdhimmis will take this meaningless piece of paper, and, like PM Neville Chamberlain before them, wave it in the air and say 'See, see, see, peace in our time.'

Many will say I am cynical and pessimistic. But I know Condi has not studied Islam beyond some Armstrong-Esposito romance novel, and in her own words after the Hamas victory said '"I've asked why nobody saw it coming...It does say something about us not having a good enough pulse."


You see, Condi thinks there are two Islams, good Islam and bad Islam. If only.

Another problem is inability to think out of the box. Fact: Palestine is a cesspool of terrorists, tribal warfare, and deep cult penetration. False Assumption: If the West does not finance the Palestinians, they will turn to Iran. What is wrong with that? Right now, Iran just has to finance terror runs and weapons. The West is doing the food and drink and spending money. I say let them have all the re$ponsibility. This isn't some vast geographic landscape like Afghanistan. Give it a chance. Israel may suffer horrific suicide bombings you say? Would they not if we continue to supply the food, drink and spending money. I say give it a go. But not Condi. She can't see that because she is islamo-ignorant. I know what you are thinking, 'She is not ignorant, she's smart.' Is she? If you understand all the items above, and you were Condi, would you fall for this 'Hudaybiyyah Treaty'.

I may be wrong. She won't fall for it. We can always hope. If I am wrong, I will admit it gladly.

In case you don't know, for Islam, peace will be achieved when the world is for Mohamedans, and Mohamedans only. Infidels are to be converted, enslaved (dhimmitude), or murdered. That's the justice part. Not exactly what Condi thinks,is it?
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Alito Achieves A Lifelong Dream Today - A Supreme Court Judge You Shall Be

It is done 58 to 42. Judge Alito, who has aspired to serve on the Supreme Court since a teenager, has gotten his wish. It has been a hard tough battle but the fruits of victory are his and ours. May he serve for many, many years and protect us from the Leftists who wish to destroy our country.

Senate Confirms Alito to Supreme Court

The former U.S. appeals court judge will quickly be sworn in at the Supreme Court before his expected appearance at Bush's annual State of the Union speech Tuesday evening with the White House's other new Supreme Court judge, Chief Justice John Roberts. Alito will be ceremonially sworn in a second time at a White House East Room appearance on Wednesday.
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Mohammed: As Pictured Through The Ages

Blasphemous! He's a dead ringer for Jesus in this one, don't ya think?!

Parody game created by Spike TV. Note to all offended: It's a joke, a parody, oh I give up...

Fascinating over at Zombietime, with pictures and descriptions of Mohammed through the ages.

Remember this;
One causes as much pain & suffering in the world,
when one take's offence;
as when one gives offence.
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Spare Change?

 
It’s no surprise that Hamas considers the cutoff of foreign money to be “blackmail.” After all, that’s what a teenager always considers the threatened withholding of his allowance to be.

“Dad! You can’t do that; it’s not fair!”

According to this AP story,

A top Hamas official said Tuesday the Islamic militant group will not be “blackmailed” by international threats to cut off aid to the Palestinians and is searching for new sources of funding.

Excuse me sir, could you spare half a billion for a cup of coffee? You’d be helping out a poor mujahid…

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Read the rest at Gates of Vienna.
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List of Islamic Moderates Deploring Hamas Win:

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Calling All Infidels


Draw cartoons, or artistic depictions of Mohammed.

You don't need to be mean, or pornographic. Just draw him in everyday situations, like standing in line at Wal-Mart, or whatever comes to your mind.

Leave us a link here, so we can post them, or just post them on your own, if you have a blog.

Let's make this the new and omnipresent meme of the blogosphere.

UPDATE: Quite a few of you have kindly left links. However, some of the stuff which has been submitted is rather mean. I have no objection to your work. I am a believer in absolute free speech.

However, my goal here is to show how Muslims will get very angry at silly stuff. For instance, in the UK, several months back, public displays of Piglet were banned because they offended Muslims.

Therefore, think about it this way, the cuter, and sillier the drawing of Mohammed, the better.

If you are doing something more hardcore, I believe my man Dag at No Dhimmitude were be more than happy to take your submissions. Dag's blog is getting huge traffic because of his approach.
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In the Words of a Leader of Hamas

I open the Washington Post this morning and find a commentary from a head honcho of Hamas!

"DAMASCUS, Syria -- A new era in the struggle for Palestinian liberation is upon us. Through historic fair and free elections, the Palestinian people have spoken.

"Accordingly, America's long-standing tradition of supporting the oppressed's rights to self-determination should not waver. The United States, the European Union and the rest of the world should welcome the unfolding of the democratic process, and the commitment to aid should not falter. Last week's victory of the Change and Reform Party in the Palestinian legislative elections signals a new hope for an occupied people.....

"Our society has always celebrated pluralism in keeping with the unique history and traditions of the Holy Land. In recognizing Judeo-Christian traditions, Muslims nobly vie for and have the greatest incentive and stake in preserving the Holy Land for all three Abrahamic faiths. In addition, fair governance demands that the Palestinian nation be represented in a pluralistic environment. A new breed of Islamic leadership is ready to put into practice faith-based principles in a setting of tolerance and unity....

"As the Israelis value their own security, Palestinians are entitled to their fundamental rights to live in dignity and security. We ask them to reflect on the peace that our peoples once enjoyed and the protection that Muslims gave the Jewish community worldwide. We will exert good-faith efforts to remove the bitterness that Israel's occupation has succeeded in creating, alienating a generation of Palestinians. We call on them not to condemn posterity to endless bloodshed and a conflict in which dominance is illusory. There must come a day when we will live together, side by side once again....

"We appeal to the American people's sense of fairness to judge this conflict in light of the great thoughts, principles and ideals you hold dear in the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution and the democracy you have built. It is not unreasonable to expect America to practice abroad what it preaches at home. We can but sincerely hope that you use your honest judgment and the blessings of ascendancy God has given you to demand an end to the occupation. Meaningful democracy cannot flourish as long as an external force maintains the balance of power. It is the right of all people to pursue their own destiny.

"The writer [Mousa Abu Marzook] is deputy political bureau chief of the Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas). He has a U.S. doctorate in engineering and was indicted in the United States in 2004 as a co-conspirator on racketeering and money-laundering charges in connection with activities on behalf of Hamas dating to the early 1990s, before the organization was placed on the list of terrorist groups. He was deported to Jordan in 1997."

So, how does the above compare with the Charter of Hamas? Mousa Abu Marzook is comparing Hamas to American ideals?
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Official Malaysian Reaction to Hamas Victory

Malaysia's Prime Minister has officially responded to the election of the terrorist government in Palestine. Of course, the world 'terrorist' is never ever used, not even once, in this official press release. In fact, the PM's entire statement displays an astonishing disconnect from reality. Malaysia, being a Muslim state, never strays very far from the official OIC line--official Islamic propaganda is very much alive and well here. This propaganda consists of equal parts denial, obfuscation, and outright fantasy.

Read the official Malaysian Government press release below, but be forewarned, we are jumping deep into the rabbit hole here. So, to assist you, the reader, I have helpfully inserted clarifications in brackets at the end of each paragraph:

Accept Palestinian Election Results, Says Abdullah

KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 27 (Bernama) -- The international community should duly accept the outcome of the elections in Palestine and respect the choice of its people, Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi said today. [by 'accept', he of course means the infidels should keeping ponying up all that jizya to the 'Palestinian Authority' to the tune of $865 million a year. Yeah, great idea!]

The Prime Minister said the elections were conducted in the true spirit of democracy and the results reflected the wishes of the Palestinian people. [the 'Palestinians' have spoken, and they have voted for war and their endorsement of the destruction of Israel, just like it's written here in the Hamas charter. Yup, I'd say they've spoken all right.]

He said Malaysia welcomed the successful organisation of the recent elections in Palestine in which the people of Palestine had the opportunity to express their will through a peaceful democratic process. [a 'peaceful democratic process' for Palestine means no gun battles or riots until after the voting is over.]

"I congratulate President Mahmoud Abbas for his leadership in this regard," he said in a statement, here. [Abbas' 'leadership ability'?!? I wouldn't entrust Abbas with leading the local PTA, let alone a chunk of real estate in the Middle East that masquerades as a nation-state.]

He congratulated Hamas for its success in the elections and expressed confidence that the organisation would find it possible to accommodate other political parties in the political process and work towards establishing a government of national reconciliation in Palestine. [We all know what the Hamas idea of 'accomodation' is. All those young, agitated, thin-skinned Muslims with guns, the Hamas rank-and-file, they're actually very peaceful, just as long as you do exactly what they say.]

The future of Palestine, in particular its stability, progress and
prosperity, would depend on the unity among all Palestinians and their commitment to finding peaceful solutions to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, he said. [If those pesky Jews would just surrender peacefully, and willingly submit to the gentle rule of the Caliphate-to-be, that would take care of this whole thing so quickly, don't you know? We all know what Muslims mean when they say 'peaceful solutions'--do it our way or else.]

In this matter, the people of Palestine deserved the full support of all peace-loving peoples throughout the world, he said. [Peace-loving peoples = Muslims and the dhimmis who love them]

Malaysia, Abdullah said, called on all parties especially those directly involved in the West Asia peace process to work hand in hand to seek a lasting solution and establish a permanent peace in the region. [permanent peace = elimination of Israel]

In this regard, the process of negotiations in the context of the Roadmap for Peace in West Asia should be reinvigorated, he said. [you know which Roadmap we're talking about, right? It's the Roadmap that shows what the quickest way is for the 'martyrs' of Hamas to get to Haifa or Tel Aviv.]

He said Malaysia strongly believed that the objective of achieving an enduring peace in West Asia could only be achieved through the process of dialogue and negotiations which were carried out in good faith. [of course, all terrorist groups are strong believers in negotiations with their enemies that they have vowed to liquidate. Because the international community keeps saying so, that's why!]

Malaysia, he said, wished the new leaders in Palestine great success in their noble mission. [Hamas is on a 'noble' mission to wage war, murder every Jew they can get their hands on, implement ethnic cleansing and commit wholesale
genocide. Noble mission, my ass!]

Cross posted at Pedestrian Infidel.
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