Saint Corbinian’s Bear is bemused about the hysteria regarding Geller’s Draw Mohammed contest:
See the picture above. Does anything strike you as odd? Muslims attack us, and we are the ones who have to be reminded to be nice? This is a standard tactic: play the victim card. Close down discussion. You don’t want to be a hater, do you?
The condemnation of Pamela Geller’s free speech exercise in Garland, Texas by L’Osservatore Romano was unintentionally hilarious, as were thousands across the globe. They might as well have said that Muslims are mad dogs who can’t control themselves when something (Muhammad drawing, accidental Quran burning, the historical fact of First Crusade, Friday) triggers their irresistible urge to kill. Because in their warnings not to do anything that might offend our delicate Muslim cousins, they not only damn free speech, but could not be more condescending to the very people they’re trying to protect. They’re like Bear Safety Tips.
The Bear would not be the first to draw a comparison to someone blaming rape on the way women dress. “Geller had it coming.” Oh, come to think of it, the last person the Bear remembers doing that was Chief Australian Muslim cleric Taj al-Din al-Hilawi in 2006.
Sheik Hilawi was quoted as saying: “If you take out uncovered meat and place it outside on the street, or in the garden or in the park, or in the back yard without a cover, and the cats come and eat it… whose fault is it, the cats or the uncovered meat? The uncovered meat is the problem.” Yep, ladies, better keep that cat-meat covered!
Pope Francis, who never saw a religion he didn’t like — except some elements of Catholicism — has said you cannot make fun of another religion.
Drawing a picture of a supposedly historical figure is not making fun of any religion. Giving some group advance veto power over speech is the end of free speech in principle.
Go here to read the rest. As a matter of good manners I am normally opposed to offending the religious sensibilities of anyone. However, in the case of Islam I will make an exception. Why? Because some of the acolytes of Islam are all too willing to use murder as a weapon to cause non-Muslims to censor their comments regarding Islam. This is intolerable in a free society. Rather than be angry at Geller, people in the West should be angry about Western elites who cowardly are willing to jettison what they supposedly hold dear, freedom of speech, once the subject is Islam. They might also show some ire towards insane immigration laws throughout the West that are ensuring that the risk of murder by fanatical Muslims when anyone has the courage to speak the truth about the defects in Islam and its founder, will be a new fact of life in the West from now on.