|Charb, the editor of 'Charlie Hebdo' was murdered on Jan. 7, 2015|
Previous cartoonist dust-ups brought on by the idol-worshipers (like the one in 2011 involving Charlie Hebdo) have resulted in American editors and cartoonists wetting their pants and bending over backwards to appease those idol-worshipers out there who believe images of the Prophet Mohammed hold a mystical significance that is only comprehended by themselves. No creative or journalists have been murdered up to this point--unless we count the virtual death of Molly Norris, who was forced to change her name and abandon her life because she came under threat from these sick and twisted worshipers of Mohammed. The response then from the U.S. government was a shrug of the shoulders. Her fellow cartoonists made a few noises, but the more general response was one of caving to the demands by the crazies before they were even made, such as the spiking of cartoons that didn't even feature Mohammed except in name.
What will be the result now that it appears those who worship Mohammed--because we can't really call them Muslims, because I do tend to agree with the notion that real Muslims wouldn't engage in Mohammadean idol worship to the degree that these sick freaks do--have spilled the blood of writers and artists in the name of their idolatry?
I predict cowardice on the part of the American media. I predict lots of victim blaming and handwringing about how we need to reach out to the idol-worshipers with understanding and that we should empathize with them and try to understand their point of view.
To the fuckwits who I am certain will utter such statements and to those who harbor such views whether they express them or not:
THERE IS NO ROOM FOR UNDERSTANDING THE POINT OF VIEW OF SOMEONE WHO MURDERS ARTISTS AND WRITERS FOR THE ACT OF PUBLISHING ART AND WORDS. THERE IS NO EMPTHAZING WITH THEM. THERE SHOULD BE NO ACCEPTANCE OF THEIR POSITION WHEN THEY RESPOND TO CREATIVE EXPRESSION OF THOUGHTS AND OPINIONS WITH MURDEROUS VIOLENCE.
I am re-instituting Mohammad Mondays on my blogs, assuming I can find enough cartoons to present. I will gladly accept your submissions (anonymous or otherwise) and if I like the cartoons, I will post them.
The response to this horrible act is to do MORE of these monsters are trying to discourage, not less. We cannot respond to them with fear and submission. We must tell them to get fucked in the best way that we can -- with the words and drawings and all the other creative acts they are trying to stop.