Saturday, May 22, 2010

Death Threats for Zapiro.

Everybody Draw Mohammed Day, May 20th.

The jihad travels fast these days.

By far the best set of Mo cartoons appeared at the People's Cube. Pure genius (see right)

The goal of EDMD is, of course, not to "insult" anybody, but to stand up to Islamofascism and those who live in the West but don't appreciate our values, which include freedom of expression.

A Zapiro cartoon published in the Mail & Guardian has angered Muslims countrywide and the SA Muslim Judicial Council on Saturday called on its followers to express their condemnation and disapproval of it.

"The Muslim community takes this opportunity to express the deep hurt it feels at the caricaturing of the Prophet Muhammad in the M and G," the council's website said.

"The Muslim leadership appeals to all Muslims to express their condemnation and disapproval of this latest insult on the Muslim community in a responsible and dignified manner."

The controversial cartoon depicts Muhammad lying on a couch and complaining to a psychologist that "other prophets have followers with a sense of humour".

According to media reports, staff at the Mail and Guardian spent Friday fielding threatening phone calls from offended Muslims.

Callers told staffers: "You've got to watch your back," and "This will cost him his life," reported the The Guardian newspaper website in the United Kingdom. Meanwhile, the Witness said Jonathan 'Zapiro' Shapiro defended his work as freedom of expression.

This was not the first time the cartoonist was embroiled in controversy

"Muslims in South Africa have struggled and sacrificed side by side with its fellow citizens to work for a free and democratic society based on the values of human dignity and honour to its entire people," said the council.

"It is therefore extremely disappointing that the Mail and Guardian adopts this deplorable policy of complete disregard for the religious sensibilities of Muslims, a significant faith community of our country and likely a sizeable segment of the readership of the paper."

On Saturday, Muslims expressed their anger and outrage on social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter, saying they took offence to the characterisation of the prophet Muhammad.

A comment posted on Facebook by Zainub Milan-Ming said: "Zapiro stick to politics and leave religion alone. Do you even have one?" - Sapa

There you have it. "stick to politics and leave religion alone". One might wish just the opposite for the Islamists.

3 Opinion(s):

Anonymous said...

Have you ever seen a happy radical Muslim? This cartoon is spot-on - they have NO sense of anything, only to pray 5 times a day and keep their women behind veils. Grow up and better your lives. Blowing people up can only get you so far in life!

Exzanian said...

Here is a pretty nasty one (good nasty)
I'm too afraid to reproduce it here on ILSA, my ID is not watertight enough!!!

FishEagle said...

Micheal Trapido made my blood boil with his post on Zapiro's cartoon. What a softy! Yug. It just grosses me out completely when guys try to side step issues. The post was a blatant attempt for him to sound fair but he didn't quite succeed. Put bluntly, he strikes me as someone that likes to please people. For all his clever writing skills, he's still just a dunce.