Sunday, January 15, 2006

Not So Funny

In the midst of much predictable leftie posturing and self-aggrandisement from people who doodle for a living, a rather interesting piece on what happens if you draw a cartoon criticising Islam, including this:

Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist Doug Marlette of the Tallahassee Democrat, found himself blasted by a CAIR e-mail Jihad when he drew a cartoon with the caption, "What Would Muhammad Drive?" The drawing showed a man wearing Arab headdress and driving a Ryder truck (a reference to Oklahoma City bomber, Timothy McVeigh). In response to an inquiry from Jyllands Posten, Doug writes, "I was used to negative reactions from religious interest groups, but not the kind of sustained violent intensity of the Islamic threats. The nihilism and culture of death of a religion that sanctions suicide bombers, and issues fatwas on people who draw funny pictures, is certainly of a different order and fanatical magnitude than the protests of our home-grown religious true believers."
Click here and scroll down to Jan 7, Cartoon Jihads, for more reactions from the RoP.

-- Nick

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