UPDATE: The contents below are continued here – Pentagon & Capitol ban Billy Graham’s son. In case it upsets… I really don’t like looking at dead bodies every time I open this post.
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24th April 2010
What does Free Speech have in common with Theo Van Gogh, South Park and Franklin Graham?
Free speech is in absolute contradiction to any of the above. Or so recent murders and decisions would have us accept.
Except we don’t, and nor should we. Indeed, we mustn’t.
Recently my stats have shown that visitor numbers to two particular posts have gone stratospheric. The posts? The two below, illustrated with pictures appertaining.
Where this man’s murder was discussed –
Where this man’s murder was discussed –
My search numbers for these search terms ‘theo van gogh’/’theo van gogh death’ are in the thousands per day rather than the usual hundreds. I’ve now worked out why.
It’s to do with the TV show South Park and censorship.
Just after that story broke there is also this on the American army withdrawing an invitation to the evangelist son of the world-famous Christian evangelist Billy Graham. Why withdraw? Why do you think?
Because it might upset Muslims.
I’m sorry – no – correction – I’m not sorry!
South Park’s 200th, litigious celebs and Mohammed: Matt Stone and Trey Parker (BB Video) (5:55)
boingboingvideo — 12 April 2010 — South Park co-creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker speak with Boing Boing’s Xeni Jardin about the 200th episode of the hit Comedy Central series, and plans to revisit battles over the boundaries of what can and cannot be done on television — including how many celebrities they can piss off in a single episode, and whether Comedy Central will stop them from showing the image and voice of a cartoon version of the Muslim prophet Mohammed.
THE MEDIA/ PRESS/PC LIBERALS LET US ALL DOWN
Of course they did. And they’re still letting us all down. That’s clear as day to me. They ignore calls for the death of Tony Blair, even publishing comments calling for such in their liberal ‘free speech’ comment pages. But they scream blue murder when a British resident – NOT a British citizen, mind you – an illegal immigrant, who trained in Pakistan to blow us all to kingdom come, is detained at Guantanamo.
That’s FREEDOM today in the crazy, suicidal, liberal west. And here writes a once ‘liberal’. Not any more.
“It was before the Danish cartoon controversy, so it somehow is fine. And then after that – now that’s the new norm. Like,we lost. Something that was OK is now not OK, now it’s just fucked up […] the whole Mohamed Danish cartoon thing it’s like if everyone would have just like normally they do in the news organisations just printed the cartoons, everyone would have rallied together. Now that guy… hiding … all this shit because everyone left him out to dry.”
I understand that western politicians and many liberal ‘thinkers’ believe that swallowing this censorship is better than civil unrest. I even understand why they think like that. They don’t want any more Van Goghs or Pim Fortuyns left bleeding or dead on our streets. I realise that they have a responsibility to avoid religious/racial confrontation, and that they fear being blamed for ensuing unrest. They have their place in history to consider. They notice that Tony Blair is still hounded over his brave Iraq decisions, and they don’t want his ongoing position to become theirs. But –
They are cowards of the first order. Our politicians AND press – BOTH!
The trouble is there are reasons – innate, ingrained and hard-to-discuss ‘intellectual’ and doctrinal reasons within Islam why the desperate liberal hope of the spread of eventual widespread liberalism will never happen on a worldwide basis. We should not offer it succour by capitulating to its threats here in our own lands. Not, in any case, while they still are our own lands.
“Comedy Central bleeped out all references to the Prophet Muhammad in Wednesday night’s episode of the animated show “South Park.”
The episode was a continuation of last week’s episode which depicted the Prophet Muhammad in a bear suit.
A radical Muslim website threatened the show’s creators following that episode.
Comedy Central confirmed to FoxNews.com that it had censored the show, and that the episode was not available on its website.
In addition to bleeping the words “Prophet Muhammad,” the show also covered the character with a large block labeled “Censored.”
A radical Islamic website had warned the creators of “South Park” that they could face violent retribution for their depiction of Prophet Muhammad.
RevolutionMuslim.com posted the warning following the 200th episode of Trey Parker and Matt Stone’s “South Park,” which included a caricature of the Prophet Muhammad disguised in a bear suit. The web posting also included a graphic photo of Theo van Gogh, a Dutch filmmaker who was murdered in 2004 after making a documentary on violence against Muslim women.
“We have to warn Matt and Trey that what they are doing is stupid and they will probably wind up like Theo Van Gogh for airing this show,” the posting reads. “This is not a threat, but a warning of the reality of what will likely happen to them.”
Abu Talhah al Amrikee, the author of the post, told Foxnews.com he wrote the entry to “raise awareness.” He said the grisly photograph of van Gogh was meant to “explain the severity” of what Parker and Stone did by mocking Muhammad.
“It’s not a threat, but it really is a likely outcome,” al Amrikee said, referring to the possibility that Parker and Stone could be murdered for mocking Muhammad. “They’re going to be basically on a list in the back of the minds of a large number of Muslims. It’s just the reality.”
Al Amrikee said the website is considering a protest against the “disgusting” show, which also depicted the Prophet Muhammad in an episode on July 4, 2001.
“This is not a small thing,” he said. “We should do whatever we can to make sure it does not happen again.”
The posting on RevolutionMuslim.com also includes audio of a sermon by Anwar al-Awlaki — a radical U.S.-born preacher now believed to be hiding in Yemen — who discusses assassinating individuals who defame the Prophet Muhammad. It also included a link to a 2009 story in the Huffington Post that gave details of Stone and Parker’s mansion in Colorado.
A Comedy Central rep told FoxNews.com that the network has no comment on the posting.”
SO ARE WE BRITS UP IN ARMS OVER THIS, LIKE WE WERE WEREN’T OVER THE DANISH CARTOONS?
Are you kidding? Tom Chivers at The Telegraph feels the need to explain “Why I feel solidarity with the creators of South Park”
His reason is simple. As he confesses, it’s because he is afraid of the repercussions if he upsets Muslims. OFGS. Welcome to today’s free world, Mr Chivers. So are many of us.
But not ALL of us.
In order to separate one lot from the others, as soon as time permits I will publish as many insulting pictures of any individual, living or dead, religious or not, prophet or not, that I consider deserves “outing”. Some of us are heartily sick of insults to OUR way of life. On the other hand some of us are liberally-minded wallies, from all political backgrounds and none. Thus the silence on this from any political party that counts.
As a non-religious person, brought up in a Christian land, I am very protective of the religion that helped shape our laws. And I am personally affronted and, yes, insulted that some with their fairies at the bottom of the garden have been permitted with their hatred to tell US how to live, laugh and love in the free west. I am even more slightly vexed that some think (with the aid of the powers that be useless) that they can get away with threatening to kill people who care about freedom, democracy and the rule of law.
THEY CAN ROAST IN HELL. If only there were such a place to burn them in.
ON 6th MAY,WHILE WE VOTE AND TONY BLAIR CELEBRATES MAKING IT TO ANOTHER YEAR …
“Evangelist Franklin Graham said Thursday that he regrets the Army’s decision to rescind its invitation to him for the Pentagon’s National Day of Prayer service on May 6, but expressed “strong support” for the U.S. military.
An Army spokesman confirmed to Fox News that the invitation to Graham to be honorary chairman at the event was rescinded amid complaints from Muslim members of the military about his description of Islam as an evil religion.
The Army spokesman said the event will go forward but without the National Day of Prayer Task Force participating.
“I regret that the Army felt it was necessary to rescind their invitation to the National Day of Prayer Task Force to participate in the Pentagon’s special prayer service,” Graham said in a written statement.
“I want to expresses my strong support for the United States military and all our troops,” he added. “I will continue to pray that God will give them guidance, wisdom and protection as they serve this great country.”
Earlier Thursday, Graham stuck by his remarks about Islam, including that Muslims are “enslaved” by their religion,
Franklin, the son of famed evangelist Billy Graham, told Fox News that he loves Muslim people and wants them to know that God loves them, even if they can be saved only through Jesus Christ.
“I want them to know that they don’t have to die in a car bomb, don’t have to die in some kind of holy war to be accepted by God. But it’s through faith in Jesus Christ and Christ alone,” Graham said.
Graham said said he loves the Muslim people, just not their religion — which he called “horrid” for its restrictions on women.
“I love the people of Islam but their religion, I do not agree with their religion at all. And if you look at what the religion does just to women, women alone, it is just horrid. And so yes, I speak out for women. I speak out for people that live under Islam, that are enslaved by Islam and I want them to know that they can be free,” he said.
After the 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States, Graham said Islam “is a very evil and wicked religion.” In a later op-ed piece in The Wall Street Journal, Graham wrote that he did not believe Muslims were evil because of their faith, but “as a minister … I believe it is my responsibility to speak out against the terrible deeds that are committed as a result of Islamic teaching.”
- Who Will Save Amputees of Sharia Law in Nigeria? – ‘Not I’ said the hen… chicken.
- Christians imprisoned for not washing hands – And Muslims excused for washing the blood off theirs.
- Islamic extremists behead four Christian orphanage workers in Somalia – Charity begins… and ends.
- I’ve just heard something on the midnight news about a man who has been charged with insulting religion for the crime of leaving atheist supportive papers at an airport. Not for belonging to a religion which in its own words supports killing non-believers! Not for saying that his non-belief was a threat to anyone else’s freedom, democracy or life. What the …. Which bloody country are we living in? Iran?!?!?! (When I find a link I’ll add it here. You bet I will.)
Found a link – here. Not only charged but sentenced to 6 months, suspended! FGS!
Terry Sanderson, president of the National Secular Society, has been left angry over the conviction.
“The six month sentence may have been suspended, but it is still totally out of proportion for what Mr Taylor did. The professional ‘offence takers’ in religious communities will now feel that they have a strong weapon to use against anyone who is critical or disapproving of them. It is, in effect, a blasphemy law that covers all religions and is much more powerful than the one which was abolished two years ago.”
And now for a bit of true fiction –
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