Jyllands-Posten Muhammad cartoons controversy

I am still Charlie

As time passes what happened at Charlie Hebdo fades from the public consciousness. But the danger of the political ideology of Islam remains. No doubt a new atrocity will take its place in the forefront of our minds but Charlie Hebdo was in many ways our loss of innocence. It may not have been the first time that Islam struck so close to home but it was memorable both because of its ruthlessness and because of its ludicrous justification for the massacre. Cartoons.

Charb, the murdered editor of Charlie Hebdo

Charb, the murdered editor of
Charlie Hebdo

We must not forget that Jews were deliberately murdered the same day and targeted not for cartoons but simply because they were Jews. Yet again a bloody reminder of the hate that is such a core part of the ideology. Jews and Christians are targeted worldwide not for their cartoons but for their religion. Infidels are targeted because they are not Muslim. Muslims are targeted because they do not follow the Koran in the exact same way as the followers of Islam who murder them.

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Whatever you do don’t make them angry, you won’t like it when they’re angry

Speaking at a news conference on Sunday, Thorning-Schmidt said they were not “in a fight between Islam and the West.”

“This is not a battle between Muslims and non-Muslims. It is a battle between ideas based on freedom of the individual and a dark ideology,” she said.

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Satire ( to me at least ):

The ‘ dark ideology ‘ that has nothing to do with Islam is currently attacking the values of Freedom of Speech for the individual in Denmark. At what cost is this individual freedom of speech? Is the right to discuss Free Speech and draw provocative cartoons really worth the consequences? The fact remains that if the Freedom of speech forum had not been held and the Artist who drew Muhammad as a dog had not been there, those people would still be alive today. I don’t know what the Jewish guy who got slaughtered later had to do with it but he was silly to be Jewish knowing that Islam  er, the ‘ dark ideology hates Jews.

Really we can avoid all of this unpleasantness quite easily if we simply avoid offending the ‘ dark ideology. ‘

We know that they do not like Freedom of Speech so we can simply stop talking about it. How hard would that be really? There are so many other topics that we can talk about these days like the news that the thinking woman’s crumpet Benedict Cumberbatch is getting married.We don’t want to make them angry after all, we don’t like it when they’re angry.

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Face of the day

Today’s face of the day has had his life changed forever because of a drawing. A drawing that frankly looks like a child drew it.

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I am no art critic but even as a cartoon it doesn’t impress. The offence and push back in reaction to this drawing is obscene in its intensity and violence. Last Saturday an Islamic terrorist in Denmark almost succeeded in ending the artist’s life. Who is this man that now has to lives his life under constant threat of death because of a drawing?

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Swedish cartoonist Lars Vilks has faced death threats for many years

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Remember my challenge to Canterbury Museum?

The other day I challenged Canterbury Museum to hold an exhibition of historical and modern art and cartoons featuring Muhammad. They had sought and gained permission to show an obscene image of a Nun masturbating with a highly offensive statement about Jesus on a T-Shirt. I suggested that they would not be able to gain permission to hold the exhibit at all, let alone get permission for each individual image.

In Denmark on Saturday  a  cafe was used as a venue for an event titled ,“Art, Blasphemy and Freedom of Expression ” organized by Swedish artist Lars Vilks, who has faced several threats after caricaturing the Prophet Muhammad. What happened next is the reason why Canterbury Museum will happily insult Christianity and every other religion under the sun bar one. The religion of peace.

Three people were wounded in a shooting near a Copenhagen synagogue tonight, just hours after a gunman killed one person and wounded three cops at a free-speech event at a café in the Danish city, police said.

Police said it was too early to say whether the two shootings were related.

The shooting at the synagogue tonight comes as police were looking for at least one gunman day in the attack earlier in the at the Krudttoenden cafe, which Danish officials described as terrorism and an assassination attempt.

“We feel certain now that it is a politically motivated attack, and thereby it is a terrorist attack,” Danish Prime Minister Helle Thornin-Schmidt said of the cafe shooting…

The shooting happened about 4 p.m. at an event titled “Art, Blasphemy and Freedom of Expression,” organized by Swedish artist Lars Vilks, who has faced several threats after caricaturing the Prophet Muhammad.

“I’m not sure how many shots but I’d say about 20 or 30 shots,” sais Dennis Myhoff-Brink, who witnessed the attack . “And, people panicked of course and ran to the doors. Other people were hiding behind tables they had turned over.”

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Face of the day

Pamela Geller

Pamela Geller

Pamela Geller is planning a “Draw the Prophet” event in Garland, Texas in the same location as a Muslim group held a “Stand with the Prophet” conference in January. The First Annual Muhammad Art Exhibit and Contest will be hosted by the Curtis Caldwell Center, which is owned and operated by the Garland Independent School District.

Geller’s event comes on the wake of the Islamic terrorist attack on the French magazine Charlie Hebdo in January. Following the attack, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) scheduled the “Stand with the Prophet” conference at the public school district’s conference center. Geller, the President of the American Freedom Defense Initiative (AFDI), scheduled a protest outside the event that was attended by approximately 2,000 people.

During the Free Speech Rally in Garland, Geller spoke with Breitbart Texas about her reaction to the large and loud crowd of protesters. She said that Muslims are trying to impose restrictions on free speech like they are doing in Paris. “Thousands of Americans said ‘no way!’”

“The media can smear us and the President can stand with them,” Geller said. “We the people are not having it. If there is any proof of that, it’s today. We dwarfed them.”

“If the Western media ran the Danish cartoons back when this Islamic supremacist movement first started gaining steam, the editorial staff of Charlie Hebdo would be alive today,” Geller stated in response to an inquiry from Breitbart Texas. “That said, the European press ran the Hebdo cartoons in the wake of that jihad slaughter. But the American press would not. The beacon of freedom, the shining light on a hill, is running scared. Well, that’s not who we are. The elites do not represent the people.”

“Enough is enough,” she explained. “They’re just cartoons. We’re holding this exhibit and cartoon contest to show how insane the world has become — with people in the free world tiptoeing in terror around supremacist thugs who actually commit murder over cartoons. If we can’t stand up for the freedom of speech, we will lose it — and with it, free society.”

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1. 5 Billion Muslims have their feelings hurt

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A record 3 million copies of the new edition of satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo have appeared on French newsstands, with new caricatures triggering outrage among Muslims all over the world, and threats from radical Islamists.

British radical preacher Anjem Choudary, who is allegedly connected with armed militant groups, decried the new edition as an “act of war” and a “blatant provocation.”

Many mainstream Muslim organizations also reacted by saying that the mere depiction of the prophet is a sacrilege: Egypt’s Islamic body Dar al-Ifta branded the publication “an unjustified provocation against the feelings of 1.5 billion Muslims,”

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Unjustified provocation? Unjustified? They get slaughtered in the name of Islam and retaliate with what? Violence? No. Murder? No. They mock those who massacred them and bravely show that they will not be silenced and that freedom of speech is a cornerstone of any democracy, no matter how many sensitive petals get their widdle feelings hurt.

Who do they think that they are kidding really? This is not about hurt feelings this is about domination. Islam wants to turn the west into a puppet that it controls. Charlie Hebdo have defiantly cut the strings and given them the finger. I support them 100%. No more, no more. Islam does not get to terrorise us into silence, because the day they succeed is the day that all our rights and privileges in our democracies end.

Many mainstream ( in other words moderate ) Muslims have said that the mere depiction of the prophet is a sacrilege.

Hang on one cotton picking minute. When did France become an Islamic state under Sharia law? Only under Sharia law is the depiction a sacrilege. Only if you are a Muslim is it sacrilege. The cartoonists are not Muslim.

Other religions equate sacrilege with breaking a moral and ethical code such as rape or murder or pedophilia. These are moral and ethical lines that most religions, faiths and non religious beliefs have in common. Only Islam refers to dogma or man made rules as things that are sacrilege to break. Think about this for one minute. Drawing a picture of Muhammad is sacrilege, marrying and having sex with a nine year old is not.

Courage is not the absence of fear

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Since the massacre in Paris of the cartoonists and journalists at Charlie Hebdo a number of organisations and individuals have claimed that they will not let this, the worse terrorist attack in France ( so far ) scare them.

Well I am very afraid. I consider myself a sensible, practical woman and I have been fearful for a long time. As an ex History teacher who loves history because of the lessons we can learn from it I have seen where Islam has been heading in Western countries for a long, long time.

If you are not afraid I respectfully suggest that you do not understand the reality of the attack that our western societies are facing.You should be afraid, but what you should not be, is so afraid that you say nothing, do nothing, or even worse make excuses for the attacks.

Apologists even now are suggesting that we should not inflame the situation by pointing out the truth of it. If we call the attack what it actually is we will upset the people behind this attack and others. We do not want to make Islamic terrorists angry, we don’t like it when they are angry.

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Face of the day

Today’s Face of the day is a man of courage, a man who stood for freedom of expression, a man who persisted in the face of danger. His body guard was not able to save him or the others at his newspaper. I honour him, and them today and I challenge us all to not let their deaths be in vain. We too must be brave. We too must stand strong against this worldwide threat against the freedoms that we hold so dear.

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Charlie Hebdo editor Stephane Charbonnier Photo: AFP

Stephane Charbonnier, editor of the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, was among four cartoonists killed in the Paris massacre which left 12 people dead in total.

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Rodney Hide on Sony and Hacking

Rodney Hide gives the NZ Herald editors a little lesson in freedom of speech.

But were they reading it?

George Clooney called it correctly: “We know that to give in to these criminals now will open the door for any group that would threaten freedom of expression, privacy and personal liberty.”

What’s next? The tyrant wanting to dictate news? The hackers’ success will only embolden them and others. What happens if news networks come under fire because of how they report news?

What is it about free speech that makes it so easy to toss away? We don’t give in when hostages are under threat. Why give in when they aren’t?

It’s not the first time. Iran’s Ayatollah Khomeini issued a fatwa in 1989 ordering Muslims to kill Salman Rushdie for his book The Satanic Verses.

Muslim fanatics in 2006 rioted and attacked diplomatic missions and killed dozens in the wake of a Danish newspaper publishing offensive cartoons.

There was a great hullabaloo in each case and each instance produced precisely the chilling effect that the oppressors desired.

Newspapers and publishers don’t need the grief. Authors don’t want to become targets. Our freedom to reason and debate is bit by bit eroded.   Read more »

Propaganda 102

Before I continue with 102 in my series of posts to help you recognise, understand and analyse  propaganda I will add this disclaimer.

I am an ex High School History and English teacher. I am very motivated to learn from the lessons of history because otherwise I feel that we are doomed to repeat the same mistakes. I have a special interest in how propaganda was successfully used by Hitler to demonise the Jews and when I see the same techniques being employed now I feel honour bound to point it out. That is my motivation and that is my bias.

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