If you need any explanation as to why Islamic Fundamentalism thrives among Muslim communities worldwide, then look no further than the following example I'm about to describe. Angry in the Great White North
has a post describing a recent controversy in Denmark about a bunch of satirical cartoons featuring the prophet Mohammed. Here's
the article he's referring to, it states:
"Death threats have forced daily newspaper Jyllands-Posten to hire security guards to protect its employees, after printing twelve cartoons featuring the prophet Mohammed. "
And it goes on further to describe what the newspaper has been facing since their publishing:
"Death threats have forced daily newspaper Jyllands-Posten to hire security guards to protect its employees, after printing twelve cartoons featuring the prophet Mohammed."
and it goes on further:
"Since then, journalists and editors alike have received threats by email and the telephone. The newspaper told its staff to remain alert, but then decided to hire security guards to protect its Copenhagen office."
Just what is depicted those cartoons?
"Hlayhel told al-Jazeera's reporter that he considered the cartoons derisive of Islam, and described one of the drawings as showing Mohammed wearing a turban-like bomb, and another as brandishing a sabre, with two burka-clad women behind him."
Let me just state for the record that I do believe those cartoons are in bad taste, just as I believe that satire mocking Christians, Jews, Hindus or any other religious group is in bad taste. However, instead of making death threats and throwing a tantrum, I just ignore it or even refuse to purchase any publication of any media that creates this type of satire. That's one type of freedom that all of us have. We vote with our feet and wallets.
But economic boycotts and freedom of satire are not the main issues that I want to talk about here. The main issue I have is with the response of the Islamic community in Denmark regarding this matter.
Let's compare this response to other events that have occurred in Denmark regarding Muslims. Nadz
commented on an "honor killing" episode
that occurred in Denmark about three weeks ago.
Notice the half-assed comment that one member of the community had on this horrible incident:
"'Many (Pakistanis, ed) are very disappointed that this problem has again appeared in contemporary Denmark,' said Nazir"
Disappointed? That's it? Where's the fiery outrage over this? A man shoots his sister right in front of her fiancée in the name of Islam, and the only thing we get is "disappointment".
Another episode is where a Danish ex-Guantanamo Bay prisoner publicly threatens
the lives of Danish politicians due to their support for the US in Afghanistan (Take note my dear Cannuck readers)
A Danish born former Guantanamo prisoner did not break the law when he told Danish media that Danish ministers and soldiers are legitimate terror targets.
In an interview with the Danish Broadcasting Corporation, former prisoner Slimane Abderahmane identified both the Danish Prime Minister and the Defence Minister as legitimate terror targets for radical Islamic organisations.
(ht: Dihmmi Watch
What was the reaction to this? Nothing. There was no outrage, no death threats against Abderahmane, no calls for him to publicly apologize. Nothing!
Killers and terrorists get a free ride, while community leaders are too busy going after cartoonists and comedians
for "defaming" Islam. Give me a break! The biggest defamers of Islam are the people who are committing Homicides
in its name. Problem is, Muslim leaders across the world are too terrified (or too hypocritical) to after them, so they set their sights on those who they know won't come after them and threaten their lives.
Muslims for the most part remain silent on the intolerance and anti-Semitic filth that many mullahs spew in their sermons, and because of this silence Fundamentalism (and terrorism) gains strength and goes unchallenged. Had the Danish Muslim community vigorously protested the Honor killing or the death threat with the same velocity as the did with this newspaper, the fundamentalists would realize that they're impotence and isolation, they're "struggle" against the world would loose footing (In Denmark at least). And should Muslims worldwide truly face down these ideological bullies, the terrorism and totalitarianism accompanying this ideology would die out as well. Making the world better for Muslims and non-Muslims alike.
This is what the priority should be for Muslims worldwide. Unfortunately despite the baby-step progress being made, its still not enough.
Its not the cartoonists or the authors we need to go after. Its extremists who live among us. Its not the US army that's empowering the Islamist fundamentalists, its our collective silence and misguided priorities of protesting the wrong people.
Whenever the day arrives where a guy like Abderahmane gets the same opposition from the Muslim community as did the Danish Cartoonists, will be the day where we triumph over these homicidal maniacs. (And not to mention reduce the setreotyping that feeds the kind of satire they are protesting in the first place).