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Something is Rotten in Denmark (Part two) - To Draw or Not to Draw

January 9th 2006

Something is Rotten in Denmark (Part two) - To Draw or Not to Draw

Creature of Black Lagoon

Opie Taylor drew a picture of George Washington for his 5th grade art class. It didn’t look much like the first George W or any known entity living or dead. Opie copied the presidential phiz from a one-dollar bill five minutes before the assignment was due. Miss Wormwood was not fooled and Opie got an F. Sheriff Andy Taylor was not pleased. “That doesn’t look much like George Washington, Opie,” he said. “It looks like Quick Draw McGraw. And why did you draw the mouth so large?” “Because George Washington had wood teeth,” explained Opie. Andy was not pleased but he couldn’t afford to send Opie to an all-night art school and seeing as neither Miss Wormwood nor the original George W declared a fatwa or sent out hit squads the incident faded quickly from the national consciousness.

That would not have been the case if Opie had been living in Denmark and had drawn a picture of Mohammed—he would be hiding out with Salmon Rushdie. They take art seriously along the Skagerrak—especially the new wave critics who have only recently emerged from the Black Lagoon.

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Since last September when Jyllands-Posten, one of Denmark’s leading newspapers, ran a ‘Draw Mohamed’ contest and published 12 cartoon depictions of the Prophet, fatwas, anathemas, and curses have been raining down on Denmark like hailstones from the Bermuda Triangle. All of Islam was outraged. The striped-pants set beat a path to the door of Denmark’s foreign ministry to protest. But the foreign office turned a deaf ear to the complaints. Sorry, boys, they said, it’s a freedom of the press issue. If you had looked it up in your Baedeker you would have known shari’a law doesn’t apply in Denmark. The Egyptian ambassador asked for his papers.

But Islam doesn’t take such insults lying down; the Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO) plans to boycott Denmark. “We encourage the organizations members (there are 51 of them) to boycott Denmark both economically and politically until Denmark presents an official apology for the drawings that have offended the world’s Muslims,” said Abdulaziz Othman al-Twaijri, ISESCO’ s secretary general.

And the Daughters of the American Revolution let Opie’s thoughtless cave drawing of George Washington pass without a comment! It should have been nipped in the bud! There’s no telling what might happen next! Why some lout like Ted Rall might draw mean-spirited caricatures of George Bush and Jerry Falwell! How will America survive if people are allowed to draw what they please?  Rall could very well defy convention and sketch a swastika on George W’s forehead; stick a set of wood chompers in Jerry Falwell’s mouth; add a few pounds to Michael Moore’s rotundity!

What? Artists are already doing that? Oh, right, right! Almost forgot! This is America—that old First Amendment thing! Denmark should tell ISESCO and their running dogs in Denmark’s interfaith Twilight Zone to go to where the Sahara Desert meets Death Valley and wait for a cool breeze.

As usual, the international busybodies were quick to react. A Cairo-based Muslim interfaith group will hold a one-day conference in Denmark in March to address  “the ignorant and inflammatory portrayal of Islam in the media.” They will? How? Like the press portrayed the beheading of Daniel Pearl and the murder of millions of Christians and animists in Sudan by Muslim Islamo-fascist thugs? No, of course not—they will not treat this as an apparition it is too big.

Yvonne Ridley, a recent convert to Islam, said the one-day meeting “can be a turning point if it succeeds in getting non-Muslims journalists covering Islam and Muslims objectively.” Obviously, she meant favorably but did not have the moral courage to say so. “It will be a start of a big thing,” she said, “Right now freedom of speech is being strangled.” Uh-huh, that’s what Lenin said when he was banished to Siberia and what Hitler grumbled about in Fortress Landsberg.

Al-Twaijri is calling on Denmark’s interfaith groups “to protest in manner you deem appropriate against this newspaper (Jyllands-Posten) as well as against every other information means in your country that damages the image of Islam and Muslims, following in the policy of tolerance that rejects the contempt of religions and the profanation of religious sanctities in which believe a billion and a third people on this earth.”


Policy of tolerance! What policy of tolerance? This from Ishaq: 344: “We smote them and they scattered. The impious met death. They became fuel for Hell. All who aren’t Muslims must go there. They had called Allah’s Apostle a liar. (Jyllands-Posten didn’t call the Apostle anything. Are they, nonetheless, to be consigned to the eternal flames? Islam tars with a mighty wide brush) So Allah destroyed them.”

This is not tolerance; the Qur’an does not reject the contempt of religions other than Islam. Dhimmis beware: Qur’an 60:5 “We reject you. Hostility and hate have come between us forever, unless you believe in Allah only.

Lenin was more tolerant of Trotsky and Buhharin; Stalin got rid of the kulaks and Prince Yusupov dumped Rasputin through a hole chopped in the ice of the Neva River but it wasn’t because somebody had shown contempt for their religious sensitivities. The Qur’an’s 60:5 puts everyone on notice; including Michael Newdow. Poor Mikey—if he expects to survive in Allah’s grim primordial hereafter he’d better pass on to his reward wearing asbestos underwear and Ward Churchill, if he hasn’t made a down payment on a prayer rug and denounced his Cherokee tribal religions, is deader than one of his little Eichmanns.

In Sword of the Prophet, Serge Trifkovic summed up the state of Islam: “The all-pervasive lack of freedom is the hallmark of the Muslim world. Discrimination against non-coreligionists and women of all creeds, racism, slavery, virulent anti-Semitism, and cultural imperialism can be found—individually or in various combinations—in different cultures and eras. Islam alone has them all at once, all the time, and divinely sanctioned at that. There is no presumed equality of different people’s claims to life, liberty, or any pursuit at all in Islam. The fruits of Mohammed’s adage that “only Muslims blood is equal’ is the curse that cannot be eradicated, short of a bold reform from within that seems no more likely today than at any time in the past 14 centuries.”  (p. 207-8)

Compared to Islam’s 1,400 years of metaphysical insanity the Hundred Years War seems like summer camp with Charley Brown and Lucy; the Seven Year’s Itch like Saturday night without a date; and beriberi as something to look forward to. Opie Talyor knew more about wood teeth and George Washington than he knew about Islam and that wasn’t much, but more than Islam’s billion and a third people know about freedom and democracy.


By Denis Schulz
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