Danish Cartoon clash of civilizations continues. I’m reading Jytte Klausen, The Cartoons that Shook the World for the conclusion to my book (overdue). It is a work that strikes some as genuinely “even-handed,” but strikes me as (therefore) genuinely superficial and misleading about Islam and its many manifestations in the 21st century. Anyway, if mainstream media like Yale and Comedy Central caved, cybernautic Facebook has, so far, not. As a result, demonstrations in Pakistan that take us right back to London in 2006.
One illustration of the protests in Pakistan against Facebook’s “Everybody Draw Mohammed Day”
Some of the signs displayed in demonstration in London, February 3, 2006 to protest publications of Danish Cartoons.
Note the Pakistani signs in English: This is part of a global cognitive war, in which Sharia is extended to dar al Harb in the matter of treatment of the Prophet. Infidels must, as Dhimmis in dar al Islam, respect the sensibilities of the Muslims, and the death they threaten to those who refuse to obey, is precisely what Dhimmis are “protected from” as long as they remain good subjects.
Apparently, according Waqar Hussain of AFP, the vitriolic response prompted, yet more apologies.
Molly Norris, the American cartoonist whose work inspired the controversial page, condemned the Facebook spif and apologised to Muslims.
She drew a cartoon in April to protest against the cancellation of an episode of popular show “South Park”. Norris satirically proposed May 20 as an “Everybody Draw Mohammed Day.”
An “Everybody Draw Mohammed Day” page quickly turned up on Facebook but Norris, writing on her website, said she had nothing to do with it.
“The vitriol this ‘day’ has brought out, of people who only want to draw obscene images, is offensive to Muslims who did nothing to endanger our right to expression in the first place,” she said.
“I apologise to people of Muslim faith and ask that this ‘day’ be called off,” she said. (By Waqar Hussain/ AFP)
Note again, the use of the language of “gratuitous offense” as a reason to back down. “If it’s going to produce such vitriol then, come on guys, let them have their way…”
Also note that the AFP photo has no hint of death threats:
We walk away thinking we’re the bigger man and they win by default; they walk away thinking they won hands down and we’re cowards.
All this is a good example of the true meaning of Islamophobe: people so afraid of Islam they won’t cross the Muslim street.