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Tuesday, February 07, 2006

Some arguments on the cartoon riot


AEL will keep updating this list of arguments hoping to help people understand our position)

1- The issue for us is not about depicting the prophet or any other theological consideration. It’s about stigmatizing a whole population of more than one billion Muslims through portraying their symbol as being a terrorist, megalomaniac, misogynic and a psychopath. This is Racist, xenophobic and calling for hatred against Muslims.

2- We do believe in Freedom of speech but we think that respecting sensitivities and being constructive is also an added value to a democratic society. We are against laws oppressing any form of expression no matter how appalling it is. Nevertheless, we condemn the selective indignation of Europe’s intellectual elite and population. When anti-Muslim stances are made or published this is perceived as freedom of speech and cheered and supported but when other sensitive issues to Europe like the Holocaust, anti-Semitism, homosexuality, sexism and more are touched, Europe’s elite is scandalized.
3- In our cartoon campaign we do not endorse any anti-Semitic, homophobic or sexist stands. All we are trying to do is to confront Europe with its own hypocrisy using sarcasm and cartoons. We will therefore continue our sarcastic campaign in the days to come and we will not be intimidated by the ridiculous law suite that was filed against us in the Netherlands.
4- The reaction of the majority of Muslims to this provocation has been civilized and consisted of economical boycott and free speech. If Europe would boycott the Palestinians because of voting for a certain political party in elections, why are Europeans so surprised that the boycott is used against them? The fact that some mobs turned violent is by no means representative of the majority. The mob is never more than a caricature of the people, it is not the people. Anybody suggesting that Muslims in their majority are violent in their reaction to this issue is Islamophobic.
5- Arabs and Muslims are facing occupation on the hand of the west, oppression on the hand of the dictators often supported by the west and aggressive colonization by the Zionist state of Israel. Adding symbolic offence to factual aggression is responsible for the tension that we are witnessing today. Any attempt to understand the cartoon’s issue out of the current international context is completely missing the point.

12 Comments:

At 10:52 AM, Blogger tombuitelaar said...

QUOTE “In our cartoon campaign we do not endorse any anti-Semitic, homophobic or sexist stands” QUOTE

You do endorse those things. Though these cartoons r published every day in arab newspapers we don't go on the streets to destroy ambassady's do we?

QUOTE “We will therefore continue our sarcastic campaign” QUOTE

Why is your campaign sarcastic and the campaign of the anti-muslim cartoons not?

QUOTE “ridiculous law suite that was filed against us in the Netherlands” QUOTE

This is not ridiculous. In the Netherlands we have laws that forbid publishing anti-semitic cartoons and we will do as our law says.

QUOTE “If Europe would boycott the Palestinians because of voting for a certain political party in elections, why are Europeans so surprised that the boycott is used against them?” QUOTE

The fact that a terroristic party gains might is is very different then some newspapers publishing some cartoons.
QUOTE “the fact that some mobs turned violent is by no means representative of the majority.” QUOTE

Maybe these people should try to understand that they are representing the islam by doing these things. Also I haven't heard anything of other muslim country's or organizations. As far as I know the only one that have reacted is the AEL and they reacted by publishing anti-semitic cartoons.

 
At 12:32 PM, Blogger Rizlan said...

Quote "You do endorse those things. Though these cartoons r published every day in arab newspapers we don't go on the streets to destroy ambassady's do we?" Quote

Well, well, look who is talking, The Isreal newpapers publish as well Anti-Islam cartoons, cartoons insulting not only Arabs but the whole Islam/Muslims I have seen some and you can find it online as well.So dont pretend like jews dont publish anti-Islam stuff.

It's sad to see that some can't separate politics from religion, its even sadder to see the hypocrite and nagging of the jews.

 
At 3:10 PM, Blogger Ramo said...

First off, stop using "Anti-Semitic" to mean Anti-Jewish, it's not the same thing. The theft of the term, is just like the Zionist thieving of the land.

Personally, I've nothing against anti-Islamic messages, I choose to be a Muslim, therefore someone else can choose to be anti-Muslim. It should be the same for all religions, why are Jews special?!

QUOTE "a terroristic party gains might" QUOTE

The Zionist regime kills more than the Palestinian one, oh I forgot, it's okay to kill if you're Israeli because you're special, and your security overrides all definitions of equality. Just remember most of the Israeli government and army are terrorists, but people still fund them and are happy to talk to them.

 
At 3:26 PM, Blogger Andre said...

By what I have read, it was a danish newspaper qho publicated the cartuns. So why the h*** is your counterattack pointed at the jews and Israel???
I´m brazilian, catholic and don´t have much contact with muslims, but the idea I is that the jews are blamed for every single problem of the islamic/arab world.
I think you missed the target on your response!

 
At 5:36 PM, Blogger A Call to Muslims said...

Ayatollah Sistani of Irak said that part of the responsibility for the bad image of Islam lies with muslim fanatics. Imam Soheib Bensheikh in France says that the reaction of the Muslim world is unfair to the Danes and "surrealistic".

Muslim countries and their populations, especially in the Middle East, are extremely disrespectful of other religions. Christians are hassled continuously and run away to safer havens, Bahai graves are horribly desecrated in Iran, Jewish religious symbols are trampled upon in cartoons.

However, very few muslims from these countries or in the West make any effort to make the lives of religious minorities better in Muslim countries. They even try to minimise and avoid criticism of that sort. It is high time that muslims fight really hard against their own extremists, with at least as much passion as they do now against the Danish cartoons. Without that, I think we're all lost, God forbid.

 
At 7:25 PM, Blogger notasheepintheflock said...

first of all, if mohammed cannot be depicted, how the hell did you recognize the guy? go all back to your mosks, say a prayer for the sake of all of us and forget the whole bussiness. can't you see that this whole discussion is raised by people that want to divert the attention from their own political agenda?

 
At 10:33 PM, Blogger the-uneasy-with-mob-and-hate-instincts said...

Bolds are quotes from the AEL Blog "Editorial"

"The fact that some mobs turned violent is by no means representative of the majority. The mob is never more than a caricature of the people, it is not the people."

MY COMMENT: The problem is that the mob seems to be an overwhelming part of the Islamic society today, and the MOB REACTION to social events - its characteristic -- the same way the mob and its attitude were overwhelming in the Nazi era and during any other dark and detestful portion of human history ... The problem is that significant portion of today's Muslim society wakes up every morning with its first instinct being to hate the others (and blame them for Muslim's own failures), and not love the others ...

There are few efforts, if any, among those mobsters and their inciters to pay attention that all this cartoon confusion started with a good will intentions to teach children through pictures about Mohammed and Islam, and not out of hate of these two (NOT EVERYBODY IS SUPPOSED TO KNOW EVERY SINGLE DETAIL IN THE RELIGION OF ONLY A PORTION OF THE HUMANITY!) ...

And about the following:
"Anybody suggesting that Muslims in their majority are violent in their reaction to this issue is Islamophobic."

MY COMMENT: Islam is the only one of the great monoteistic religions that HAS STARTED WITH WAR(!!!), namely the bloody JIHAD against Muhammad's opponents ... And I need to advert those who will oppose this statement of mine, that violence as a tool in other religions has come centuries after their creation (due to different historical circumstances), and therefore does not constitute a basic brick in those religions' foundations ...

AND FINALLY: How a normal person should perceive the author who has placed Anne Frank in one bed with Hitler ???????????? ...

 
At 10:54 PM, Blogger Ramo said...

"So why the h*** is your counterattack pointed at the jews and Israel???"

The counter attack is based at Europeans, because Europeans get as offended when Jews and Israel are criticized, as Arabs/ Muslims are offended when Islaam is criticized.

If Europeans really are that interested in Free Speech and equality, then they'll happily print cartoons that are offensive to the majority's sensibilities, and not just pick on the Muslims like they always do.

"jews are blamed for every single problem of the islamic/arab world."

They're not blamed for every problem, only the big ones :) Seriously though, Israel has been a destabilising influence since its inception, and it is by definition a racist state.

 
At 5:38 PM, Blogger Andre said...

Ramo,
why don´t you muslims try and research about any historic failure about Denmark, Norway or whoever has published these hateful cartuns and expose them?

Why the AEL and the arab press don´t tell anything about anti-semitic drawings that have been published along this century? (there are a ton of them)

Did you know that in my country the israeli and the pelestinian immigrants have established a cooperative foundation for promoting peace called SHALOM SALAM PAZ? Why don´t you research things like this and show these intiatives in your press as an example instead of spending your time in hating other peolple and tryind to prove that you have been provoked first?

andre

 
At 5:46 PM, Blogger Andre said...

Ramo,

if you are interested in what I said:
http://www.shalomsalampaz.org

Brazilian foundation of palestinian and israeli immigrants to promote peace between the peoples.

thanx

 
At 1:47 AM, Blogger Willis Eschenbach said...

The Pew Global Attitudes Project recently did a survey in a number of countries about Muslim attitudes. They asked a revealing question about belief in suicide bombing. They asked whether people agreed with the following statement:

"Suicide bombings of civilians are always or sometimes justified".

The results were as follows:

Palestine: 69%
Lebanon: 69%
Jordan: 57%
Pakistan: 25%
Indonesia: 15%
Turkey: 14%
Morocco: 13%

Multiplying these numbers by the populations of the countries gives us about a hundred million Muslims who think it is fine for people to bomb innocent women and children.

Your claim that the tendency towards mindless violence is only held by a tiny minority of Muslims is simply not true. There's a hundred million lunatics in your ranks, and you do nothing.

Well, not exactly nothing ... you rioted, burned, attacked, threatened to bomb London again, killed, torched embassies, stoned and shot at soldiers, issued death threats, carried posters calling for beheadings, offered money for people to kill the cartoonists, assaulted innocent people, and demanded that the cartoonists be brought to trial and their hands chopped off.

Gotta love that Islam ... religion of peace ...

 
At 4:38 PM, Blogger Artful Dodger said...

You religious people are so blind. The sole purpose of any religion is the accumulation and maintenance of great wealth and political power. Remove the politics and wealth and what is left? Nothing. Your god is not of your religion and your god does not share your beliefs. Your god, whether you are Muslim, Jew or Christian, is your currency, and your dogma is just a political platform. All of you are mistaken and your collective hypocrisies will be your ultimate destruction.

 

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