May 20, 2010

Why I Won't Be Participating in 'Draw M******* Day'

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Why I have opted out of this event? It depresses me that our culture has reached such a level of debasement that I feel compelled to list the reasons. Firstly, it is a well known codicil of Islamic law that visual depictions of their holy prophet (Peace Be Upon Him) are strictly prohibited. Like all religions we should respect their views, and the cartoons (which incidentally I have proudly refused to even glance at) seem only to cause hurt. Yes, they hurt the feeling of millions of Muslims. But, ultimately, they also hurt the misguided cartoonists who produce them. Because let's face it: having a rusty scimitar hack through your neck can't be a walk in the park.
Second, it violates my American sense of fair play. I firmly believe all religions deserve my respect -- depending on how they respect me. Yes, it is true that in the past I have sometimes made fun of various world religious faiths: Christianity, Judaism, Hinduism, Buddism, Rastafari, Wicca, Scientology, Global Warmingism, that filthy cult of Wisconsin Synod Lutherans. Equally, without malice, and without issue. But trust me, once any of them starts emailing me credible violent death threats, I guarantee they're gonna start moving up there with Islam at the top of Dave's global religion respect rankings.
-- THE IOWAHAWK. He doth type for me. Posted by Vanderleun at May 20, 2010 2:55 PM
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The only way to handle this is to spread the risk. That takes a wee bit of courage -- and if enough of us display that wee bit of courage, the risk will attenuate to zero. If not...?

Posted by: Francis W. Porretto at May 20, 2010 3:40 PM

Love the map! That'll make sure the extremists know which head-in-the-sand person NOT to "attack."

Posted by: Mizz E at May 20, 2010 7:18 PM

That's not very good satire. He's off his game on that one.

Posted by: Eric Blair at May 20, 2010 7:42 PM

Seth McFarlane is really looking crepulant. You could almost scrape all the ick off'n him and still find more ick to scrape.

Posted by: Jewel at May 20, 2010 7:57 PM

Forget about this issue. It's a superficial issue. What's WAY more important is inculcating a love of technology and capitalism in our youth. Have them play EVE Online.

Posted by: Wander Lust at May 21, 2010 1:50 AM

“Yes, it is true that in the past I have sometimes made fun of various world religious faiths: Christianity, Judaism, Hinduism, Buddism…”

And…I bet he didn’t receive any death threats because of that.

So glad he doesn’t want to offend Islam. Maybe he can figure out a way not to be offended by dead Americans killed by the followers of Islam but not me.

Any religion that takes it self so seriously as Islam (insert countless instances here) deserves to be ridiculed. All the time.

So to him Islam is merely just other religion? Somehow I missed all those Latter Day Saints trying to blow crap up. Oh, and don’t forget those Hasidic Jew suicide bombers.

Somebody remind me whose been perpetrating all the terrorism world…oh that’s right, those damn insane Buddhist.

Posted by: tim at May 21, 2010 6:01 AM

One needs to read T. Coddington Van Voorhees VII to fully understand Iowahawk's craven surrender.

Posted by: james wilson at May 21, 2010 8:55 AM

When they start to respect Jews, knock it off with the blood libel slander, organ harvesting lies and hook-nosed depictions just to name a few items on a very long list instead of plotting to drive us into the sea, then I will consider thinking of islam as a religion instead of an army hiding under the guise of one.

This kind of stuff is only hilarious if you're not in danger of being killed first and your ancient capital turned into glass courtesy of Iran.

Posted by: Kate Rafferty at May 21, 2010 9:02 AM

Iowahawk always gets it, which is why we read him.

Playing to the basest common denominator of the political and culture wars demeans us, reveals our fault lines and juvenile natures.

The draw Mohammed day looks like sticks and stones petty bullshit from my point of view.

James, I don't see any craven surrender in his stance. Seems to me that he's taken the higher ground.

Posted by: Daphne at May 21, 2010 6:13 PM

I don't see this most recent installation of cartoons as being especially directed at Islam. It is directed at the boot-licking cowardice of U.S. and Euro media who take the lead in appeasing Muslims. God forbid anyone offend them. But please, let's continue attacking and ridiculing all the other, overtly peaceful faiths.

As our own (!) General Casey reminds us, to damage "diversity" in the Armed Forces would be a worse loss than the loss of murdered souls at Fort Hood. This would have been an unthinkable position not long ago. Where was the outrage that should have shaken the foundations of the Pentagon?

Islam and sharia law are 100% incompatible with the U.S. Constitution.

Islam and its adherents can only make progress in their conquest of unbelievers with our consent. Don't give it to them.

Posted by: patomac at May 21, 2010 10:47 PM

Dear Mr. Vanderleun: Nope, Iowahawk is off the beam. His rep comes from heaving large bombs at his targets, almost always hilariously. It's a bit late in the day to discover the restraints of taste...

Iowahawk is quite right that many of the entries in this contest will be boorish. Nor could anyone object if he decided the possibility of boorishness was enough to keep him from entering. But the way to assert the right to publish is to publish. Iowahawk is implicitly saying this right should not be asserted in this case for reasons of taste. The much more likely reason is the well deserved fear of retaliation. Islam has a bad rep for cracking down on dissidents at home, and terror attacks abroad, e.g. Ayaan Hirsi Ali and the murdered Netherlands film director. I am unimpressed with the argument that "filthy" cartoons will offend otherwise moderate Muslims. Let these moderates start objecting to the violence done under cover of Islam and this argument will carry more weight. Until then, I think Iowahawk is having a David Frum/Kathleen Parker/David Brooks moment, one that will cause him discomfort in the future.

Sincerely yours,
Gregory Koster

Posted by: Gregory Koster at May 22, 2010 12:13 AM
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