The Charlie Hebdo massacre in Paris on January 7th of twelve of the publication’s staff members, and also of the murder of four Jews in a Paris kosher shop by one of the terrorists, is having some curious but not all that surprising reverberations. The New York Times published an article about a week afterward originally soliciting from Muslim settlers accounts of their horrendous experiences of living in countries whose cultures they detest anyway (and in which they refuse to assimilate), while the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), according to Arab News, wants to take the satirical magazine to court and massacre its staff with legal expenses and noisome litigation.
After the New York Times received some heated queries from spokesmen of other “minorities,” chiefly from Jewish organizations that wondered why the Times did not also solicit the “experiences” of Jews in European countries in light of repeated attacks on Jews by Muslims, the Times amended its solicitation to one of a general nature, so as not to seem bigoted or discriminatory in favor of Muslims. (I don’t think the ruse fooled anyone familiar with the Times’ anti-Israel bias.) The Tablet reported on this sleight-of-hand on January 15th.
*Sometime today, the Times changed the headline on this feature from “Share Your Experience as a Muslim in Europe” to “Share Your Experience After the Paris Attacks.” As of 5:20 p.m. Thursday [January 15th], the text of the piece issues the same call, initially directed to Muslims, to Europeans more broadly.
A Twitter search of the article URL shows that the feature changed Thursday.
I can only satirize the episodes of harassment and victimhood sampled by the Times related by put-upon Muslims in Germany:
– “I was coming out of a falafel shop and I felt something hit my back. I thought I’d been shot by a cowardly kaffir! Then this bigoted Islamophobe rushed past me. People gave me strange looks as walked home. Then one of my wives asked me while I was praying why I had a GO PEGIDA! sign taped to my back. I was mortified! I beat her for interrupting my shadada." RA, Dresden
– “I was pushing my pram with my four kids in it when I was out shopping when this Islamophobe gave me the eye, practically looking right through my burqa! It was humiliating. I really expected him to try and rape me then and there. My kids began crying!” ZZ, Cologne
– “I was being interviewed for a job in a cheese shop and the kaffir pig who was the interviewer pulled an Obama on me and asked if I knew the Swiss language. I said I didn’t, and he dismissed me, saying ‘Ignorant Muslim raghead! There is no Swiss language!’ I left with tears in my eyes! How was I to know that? Educational opportunities for Muslims don’t exist here.” MC, Potsdam
– “I work in an auto repair shop as a tire inflator and all day I have to look at all the “pin-up” pictures that plaster the walls of the shop put there by these subhuman apes and grease monkeys I work with. They show Kate Upton and Kate Middleton and Megyn Kelley nude on the beach and doing disgusting things, flaunting their uncovered meat most immodestly! I go home every night with a severe headache and blurred vision. I’ve asked the manager many times to take down this filth out of respect for my faith, but he always tells me, ‘Don’t look at them.’ As though I had a choice!” AK, Dusseldorf
As I remarked in a past column on Charlie Hebdo, no one has ever strapped a Muslim to a chair, pinned open his eyelids (as happened to Malcolm McDowell in Clockwork Orange), and forced him to look at a series of Mohammad cartoons with the object of having him vomit in “conditioned” revulsion all over his keffiyah or perhaps causing him to die as a “martyr” from a Koranic aneurism.
The New York Times vetted the authenticity of these complaints with filed petitions of redress and correction with the German Ministry of Muslim Moaning and Malefactious Misrepresentations (Deutsch Ministerium für muslimische Stöhnen und Malefactious Verfälschungen). The Times has scheduled for publication next week a similar litany of complaints with its French sister agency, The Bureau of Muslim Whining and Malefactious Misrepresentations (Le Bureau des musulmans de pleurnicher et Malefactious Fausses déclarations).
Just kidding. The New York Times vets nothing. Its left-wing bias excuses it from fact-checking, from adhering to any kind of truth, and from reality.
As an atheist, my columns regularly attract Christian religionists who either agree with what I have to say about Islam, and assure themselves that God is going punish the perpetrators who will burn in hell for eternity, or they immediately charge me with being a Stalinist in league with the liberals, the Left, and Obama. In fact, Communists are imbued with their own brand of mysticism, one shared with liberals and the Left; Obama is merely the new mystic of muscle poster boy.
The Obfuscator-in-Chief’s State of The Union Address, aside from sounding like a broken record of Obama’s past State of the Union addresses, was a verbal trip through a Fantasy Land which Obama wishes you would believe existed, in spite of the evidence of your senses, a realm in which non-A is A and everything is just hunky-dory and getting hunkier under his imperial direction.
It’s why we speak out against the deplorable anti-Semitism that has resurfaced in certain parts of the world. It’s why we continue to reject offensive stereotypes of Muslims — the vast majority of whom share our commitment to peace.
“Deplorable anti-Semitism”? Expressed by whom? Martians, or Muslims? “Stereotypes of Muslims”? Or caricatures of its icons, such as of Mohammad in Charlie Hebdo? By “stereotyping,” does he also include profiling likely terrorists, or simply making cogent observations of an insidious ideology that brooks no tolerance of any disagreement or incisive examination and of its principal “holy” texts, which pointedly sanctions and encourages anti-Semitism? The answer is: Yes, he includes all of that.
Obama referred to the anemic attacks on ISIS which nevertheless has expanded the territory it conquers in spite of the air campaign to stem its tide:
In his remarks, President Obama underscored the importance of “assisting people everywhere who stand up to the bankrupt ideology of violent extremism.”
He will sanction the assistance to everyone except Christians, Yazidis, Kurds, and any other group he’d really rather not know anything about. Which means: No assistance to anyone. That would implicitly “defame” ISIS and Saudi Arabia and the Muslim Brotherhood.
“This effort will take time,” Mr. Obama said. “It will require focus. But we will succeed. And tonight, I call on this Congress to show the world that we are united in this mission by passing a resolution to authorize the use of force against ISIL (Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant).”
Just don’t “focus” too intently on that “violent extremism.” You might think it has something to do with Islam’s fundamental and irrevocable nature, which is violence to the core.
Not to be left behind in the assault on freedom of speech – a.k.a., “stereotyping” – various Islamic organizations want the West to codify censorship in order to suppress the study and/or mockery of Islam. The Daily Mail (London) in its January 21st article, “Muslim scholars urge UN to outlaw 'contempt' of religions,” reported:
The Qatar-based International Union of Muslim Scholars, headed by influential preacher Yusuf al-Qaradawi, appealed to Muslims to continue peaceful protests against images of the Prophet Mohammed but "not to resort to any violence"….
In a statement released Tuesday, the union said there should be protection for "prophets" and urged Islamic countries to submit a draft law to the UN calling for defamation of religions to be outlawed. The union said the UN should then issue a "law criminalizing contempt of religions and the prophets and all the holy sites".
It also called for the West "to protect Muslim communities from attacks, whether they are citizens or residents or visitors".
Referring to the Charlie Hebdo cartoon of Mohammad that was published about a week after the massacre of the publication’s staff by jihadists,
The union has condemned the publication of a cartoon of the Prophet Mohammed holding a "Je suis Charlie" sign under the headline "All is forgiven" in the first Charlie Hebdo edition since Islamist gunmen killed 12 people in an attack on its offices.
It said that the new drawing would give "credibility" to the idea that "the West is against Islam" and warned the image would incite further hatred. Qaradawi, 88, is seen as a spiritual guide of Egypt's banned Muslim Brotherhood, the movement of ousted former president Mohamed Morsi.
Yes, the West should be against Islam, qua ideology and as a threat to Western civilization. Islam is a kind of ideological polio that enfeebles the West and confines it to the wheelchair of accommodation and submission to Sharia law. The condition attacks specifically Western cultures that deny that the infection can disable or kill, and, taking no steps to combat it, relegates it to the symptoms of the common cold. You see, it’s just a handful of “extremist” germs that are causing all the trouble. Islam is a contagious ideological disease only among cultures and nations that refuse to identify it as malign and virulent. Western nations that attempt any compromise with it are doomed to dissolution and submission to it. And in that submission lies the wholesale negation of a nation’s identity.
The major objector to the Charlie Hebdo cartoons as well as to freedom of speech is the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC). On January 18th, the OIC sanctimoniously proclaimed:
The OIC Independent Permanent Human Rights Commission (IPHRC) is appalled by the recent repeated publication of sacrilegious caricature of Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) by the French magazine Charlie Hebdo and squarely condemns this act as an intolerant, disrespectful and manifest expression of hatred as well as insensitivity towards the feelings of more than 1.6 billion Muslims around the world.
Last week, the entire Muslim world, as well as this Commission, had expressed strong profound shock and revulsion at the attack on the Charlie Hebdo office by some errant French nationals.
I’m betting that Obama regrets he hadn’t coined the euphemism “errant French nationals” himself. As most Western politicians and the mainstream media have shouted until hoarse, the attack had nothing to do with Islam. The “errant French nationals” only thought the Koran told them to kill or enslave infidels, and also to murder Jews. The killers obviously hadn’t taken any courses in Post-Deconstructionist studies and performed “close readings” of the Koran. Had they underwent such education, they might have become, instead of killers, James Joyce scholars or teachers of “creative writing.”
While condemning these acts, the Government of France as well as the international community overwhelmingly stressed the fact that the attacks had nothing to do with Islam or any other religion for that matter. However, the Commission has noted with deep regret that the first edition of Charlie Hebdo after the attack, deliberately carried the most disrespectful and provocative caricature offensive to all Muslims, thus betraying the sense of abhorrence against the attack, as well as the sympathy towards the families of those killed during the incident.
Tea and sympathy. Crocodile tears. Sham piety. Muslims are very good at it. But even Arab scholars and Islamic mouthpieces, such as OIC secretary general Iyad Ameen Madani, apparently believe that Islam is a race, and not just a “religion” subscribed to by countless members of a variety of ethnic groups.
Manifest stereotyping and ridiculing the most revered personality of a pristine religion is nothing but an extreme form of racial discrimination.
I wonder when was the last time Madani visited Indonesia, the country with the largest population of Muslims. I think he knows full well that Islam is not a “race.” The racism charge I suspect is a boilerplate device that can handle anything the OIC has overlooked. There must be a secret Islamic text I’ve not yet discovered, called How to Talk From Both Sides of One’s Mouth: Successful Examples of Taqiyya and Islamic Dissimilation From the Pros. Its popular title is probably Taqiyya For Dummies.
And one can only gawk at the characterization of Islam as a “pristine religion.” Not with knowledge of all the blood on its hands, blood it has shed over fourteen centuries.
On January 20th, The Clarion Project reported on just how Islam is committed to freedom of speech about a January 17th “funny and well-funded conference” about how to combat Islamophobia. .
Less than two weeks after the massacre of French journalists for insulting Mohammed, the founder of Islam, American Islamists held a conference last Saturday titled, “Stand With the Prophet in Honor and Respect.”
Only selected press was allowed into the event and only for the first 20 minutes.
The conference was billed as a fundraiser to establish a “Strategic Communication Center” to combat “Islamophobia” and train young Muslims in media relations.
Islam has no “honor” to defend and has earned not “respect” but fear and loathing. The young Muslims will purportedly be introduced to the art of fabricating and disseminating funny complaints.
If the West is ever going to see a cessation of Islam’s murderous onslaught, then the chief funders and instigators of that onslaught must be taken out: Saudi Arabia and Iran.