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Danish artist aimed turban bomb cartoon at “spiritual dynamite”

March 27, 2008

“I have no problems with Muslims. I made a cartoon which was aimed at the terrorists who use an interpretation of Islam as their spiritual dynamite.”

Danish cartoonist Kurt Westergaard, Sept. 2006 file photo/Preben Hupfeld/ScanpixKurt Westergaard, the Danish artist who drew the “turban bomb” cartoon of the Prophet Mohammad that sparked violent protests across the Muslim world, says he has no regrets about the caricature that changed his life. He lives under death threats that seem to be more than just words; last month, the Danish Security and Intelligence Service arrested three men suspected of planning to kill him. But, as he told our Copenhagen senior correspondent Kim McLaughlin, the cartoons sparked off a debate that Muslims must face if Islam is to integrate into western societies.

Read the whole interview here. Is this the way to view this issue — a turban bomb cartoon against the “spritual dynamite” of radical Islamism?

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If a cartoonist drew Jesus Christ, the Christian equivalent of Muhammad, as one of the Abu Ghraib torturers, for instance, the same reaction- outrage – would be experienced here in the west from the many devout Christians. The international media has failed to note that behind these provocations is the mass immigration of Muslim into European countries like the Netherlands. Xenophobia has a long history in the west, and similar campaigns have been run against every successive wave of immigrants. One only has to look at the history of the United States to find the battles against the Irish and their Catholicism. Muslims make up a good portion of the world’s people. Attributing terrorism to all of them is not a sensible, productive venture, it is instead purely emotional and to future generations looking back it will seem very petty.

Posted by Roy Fairbank | Report as abusive
 

Geert Wilders is right about Islam. The Qur’an teaches hate and bigotry. It should not be used to instruct children or be used in prisons as a conversion tool.

Islamophobia? Who are the true Islamophobes? Network Solutions and YouTube? Those who try to silence the truth-tellers out of fear? A phobia is an irrational fear. Understanding the true motives of Islam and wanting to stop Islamization is not irrational.

Islam is the antithesis of our Bill of Rights and our Constitution. Muslims will tell you Islam means peace. What is meant by this is that all will be peaceful under Islam – if one accepts Islam. If not, those of other faiths can exist by paying the jizyah. This is what Islam teaches. Paying jizyah (tax) to Allah in order to be allowed to practice a religion other than Islam is not freedom of religion. If Islam spreads and becomes the dominant religion, how long before the right to freedom of religion is abolished to be in line with Qur’anic scripture?

Study the Qur’an and the ahadiths. A rational human being can only come to the conclusion that Islam was developed by a man who, because he thirsted for power, developed an ideology based on his deliberate perversions of Judaism and Christianity in order to create hatred for the followers of those religions. Create the hatred, then create an army to ravage and take control of the lands of the People of the Book (Jews & Christians). Islam is not just a religion. It is an ideology with political, military and religious aspects. It is a total belief system.

The Crusades were, of course, the quest to retake the lands stolen by the first Jihadists – Muhammad and his followers.

Do you realize that the Siege of Vienna took place on September 11, 1683? Why do you think September 11 was the date chosen by 19 Islamists to fly planes into our buildings? It was a message to us that Islam was again on the rise.

Interfaith groups seem a noble cause, but they only promote Islamization, because the attempt on the part of naive non-Muslims is not reciprocated with the same noble intentions on the part of Muslims. This is not to say all Muslims are gifted in the “art” of taqiyya (lying) and use it. In fact, there are many Muslims who do not even know the finer points of their faith and who have become secularized or they are indoctrinated and do not question their faith.

Muslims will tell you that you cannot understand Islam properly if you do not know Arabic. (There is some indication that Arabic was not the original language used) And, of course, if you do not understand Arabic, then you must only study with a Muslim who does. Don’t listen to them who say this. Certainly, one can listen to, read, study both sides, if one is interested in “being fair-minded.” But quite frankly, within the first several days of studying Islam, I was able to to easily see how and why Islam came to be. I was appalled by the so-called prophet of Islam and by the Qur’an, which is, as Wilders called it, fascistic in nature. Muhammad not only lived in the Spin Zone, I am quite sure that he created it. He said Allah said something, but then when that thing conflicted with something Muhammad wanted or did, he simply explained it away with a new saying from Allah to justify his behavior.

Contrast Muhammad with Jesus Christ and there is no comparison. Muhammad was a brutal warrior and Jesus was only peaceful. God bless Pope Benedict for playing the very dangerous game of chess with Muslim leaders. He is a brilliant man and I fear that priests and others who are doing interfaith work do not have the knowledge to engage in it properly. Islam in America is here to win, not to merely live side-by-side with other faiths.

CAIR, an unindicted co-conspirator in an ongoing case regarding contributions to Hamas, claims to be nothing more than an advocacy group for Muslims, but instead, they are engaged in fake lawsuits to promote the Islamization of America. They are here to make sure our children’s text books say nothing bad about Islam. They are here to make sure footbaths are installed in public institutions and to accustom us to call to prayer. They use the excuse that we have church bells, but church bells are used for many reasons. Call to prayer only has one purpose. In various places around the globe, call to prayer goes on forever at 2 a.m. When I hear call to prayer, it reminds me of 9/11. It is a sound that does not belong in this country. It causes distress for too many.

Many former Muslims are warning us about Islam. Listen to them. Listen to Ayaan Hirsi Ali; to Walid Shoebat, a former Palestinian terrorist who converted to Christianity, to Bat Ye’or, to Nonie Darwish, to Wafa Sultan, to Robert Spencer.

If not for those of us who speak of the dangers of Islam, Turkey would not be attempting revision of the ahadiths. That should tell you something – that Islam in its present form is unacceptable.

There are those Muslims in America who are attempting reform or pushing a New Age version of Sufism, but can Islam be reformed? Muslims believe the Qu’ran is the word of God handed to Muhammad by the Angel Gabriel. How does one reform what is supposedly the word of God? Muslims have begun a campaign to disassociate themselves from the Taliban, from violence, from what they call a perversion of Islam, but the Qur’an itself calls for violence. The jihadists follow the true Islam.

As the saying goes, there are moderate Muslims, but there is no moderate Islam.

If you are truly open-minded, you will seek out all opinion and treat it fairly. You will not accept the false idea that only Muslims understand Islam.

Watch Islam: What the West Needs to Know

*Ironically, the link I gave in the article for the above is no longer good.
Banned by Google. I found it on YouTube (where it was also banned), but
they haven’t found the Finnish version yet. It’s in English, but has a Finnish
title and Finnish subtitles.

I am hyperlinking only Part 1 because as long as YouTube hasn’t pulled them,
the rest (2-13) can be found in the sidebar scroll at YouTube. These have Finnish
subtitles, but are in English. The originals were pulled by YouTube.

Part 1

Parts 1-13

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Posted by Connie | Report as abusive
 

one should respect each others faith and belief.drawing cartoons of a person held high in another person’s is creating more enemies to the west.

Posted by dave plummes | Report as abusive
 

This is a free-speech issue. Our rule of law upholds Westergaard’s right to express himself. He didn’t yell fire in a crowded theater, though a large peanut gallery would disagree. Westergaard is absolutely right that this has triggered a debate that Muslims must have amongst themselves. Debate and argument are right and proper; and of course such an issue must be handled sensitively. But to scurry away from the fulminations of those who question his right to lampoon aspects of Islam? Shameful.

Posted by Padraic Rohan | Report as abusive
 

The cold north wind is blowing in vain – Danish and Dutch futile attacks on Islam

The North Wind was trying to demonstrate its stronger power over that of the sun by blowing so hard to make a man wearing a coat to take it off. Instead of removing his coat the man held tightly onto it. When the sun had its turn it just had to send warmth to make that man willingly take off his coat. From Aesop’s fables.

With the republishing of the so called “Mohammed cartoons” most Muslim websites and newspapers now exhibit signs displaying “except Mohamed” urging visitors and readers to boycott all Danish products. This public campaign has worked to the extent of making people detest any Danish product.

Privately many Muslim leaders or Imams are gleaming with joy for the reaction that such provocative moves have caused and many of them can not remember any thing like it. They wonder whether is it a rekindled love or dormant emotions or feelings that have been awakened.

These Imams have never seen such a show of love by the masses for prophet Mohamed, and now the stage is set for the anti-Koran film which perhaps would also reignite the interest in reciting the Quran.

At the end of the day if these provocations turn out to be counter productive, should Muslims be thankful ? Certainly but not to Jyllands Posten or Geert Wilders. Instead they should be thankful to Allah who put at their disposal such an arrogant and ignorant enemy whose actions only served to strengthen their beliefs.

Denmark has chosen to embrace the role of the whipping boy to whom all angry emotions are vented and Denmark is probably taking over the USA in one area, the country which has its flag suffer most frequent flag desecration or burning. So the previously respected Danish flag is now being widely used as a floor mat.

Denmark followed by the Netherlands have chosen to be the football players who score the auto goal, or the soldiers who carry the guns that backfire.

While Muslims are not happy with such provocations and do not appreciate these actions they are certainly grateful for the result. So why shall they pray for the replacement of conveniently placed players or soldiers?

Obviously the source of these irresponsible provocations is not the cunning British or the sly French but rather they originated from the land from where the north wind blows or the land of the blond which proves that blond stupidity does have certain merits. Shakespeare was thoughtful in saying: “Something is rotten in the state of Denmark”

But why did the Danes or the Dutch choose this time? Probably it is just miscalculation on their part. They may have thought that this is the best time to defeat Islam morally as it has so far resisted all attacks militarily.

A similar situation where attacks have backfired was mentioned in the Quran in the chapter of light or “Sura Noor”. There is a verse that refers to an incident when Aisha the wife of prophet Mohamed was accused of adultery. The verse says:

“Those who have brought forth the false accusation were a group from within you. Do not think it is bad for you, for it is good for you. Every person amongst them will have what he deserves of the sin. And as for he who had the greatest portion of it, he will have a great retribution.”

This systematic attack on Islam has so far been directed towards the most sacred person in Islam; the prophet Mohamed and to the most sacred book the Quran.

We should expect the next attack to be directed towards Makkah (Mecca ) the most sacred place for Muslims, where the Saudis would not welcome that attack publicly but privately would love to see millions of Muslims flock to Makkah exactly as the man wearing the coat was holding it tightly as the north wind blows stronger.

One can not help but ask the question: What have the Danes or the Dutch gained from all of this? And have they ran out of other ideas to demonstrate the right for free press?

Mohamed Alkilani
Benghazi Libya

Posted by Mohamed Alkilani | Report as abusive
 

Roy Fairbank, you are absolutely right. I remember when those radical Christians killed all those people and blew up all that stuff in response to Andre Serrano’s Piss Christ, back in ’89. I’m glad those days are over and I hope nobody provokes those maniacs again.

Posted by Russ Ward | Report as abusive
 

Mr Ward, unfortunately Christians have been killing people for centuries, both in the name of Christianity, and under dubious synonymous pretexts such as ‘democracy’ and ‘civilisation’.. As a Christian, I prefer NOT to take personal responsibility for atrocities committed by groups claiming the same faith, and I don’t expect every Muslim to do so either.

Posted by Eoin Welsh | Report as abusive
 

yeah i remember too :(

 

Born in the 1960s’ in industrial middle england, I grew up in a christian society that outnumbered a tiny population of unheard, unnoticed muslims.

I have recently resigned from public service after 17 years of duty to the public. My main motivation being the rise of the ignorant ideal of political correctness, based on the premise that inside every individual is a decent person wanting to be heard, and that truth should be moderated least we offend the fraud, the inept, or the disloyal.

From the beginning of my career I came into contact muslims, young and old, whom in moments of confrontation with my department either elluded or bragged that one day soon my own country would be subjugated under sharia law, I always laughed at their enormous sense of humour; strange that they were never smiling as they said it.

The native culture of my city has all but disappeared under the influx of peoples from around the world some of whom have made a disproportionate impact on our society with both good and bad effect.

The worshippers of Islam now out number practising Christians in my city to ratio in excess of 2:1 all in the space of 40 years. The demographic of my city is that within 20 years islam will become the mainstream religion not just in my city but in the UK as a whole.

The unseen, unheard, are now plainly visible and becoming increasing vociforous; ‘requests’ that sharia law be practiced alongside Common Law have to date been denied at an offical level although it is a known fact that underground sharia courts operate, with corporal punishments being carried out upon the miscreant once returned to the Mother country.

My city is polarised in religious sentiment with few people ever crossing the divide. The architects of this apartheid are not so much the muslim fundamentalists who perpetuate ethics 1000 years out of time , but the politically correct minority who have allowed this treasonous and toxic sect to occupy a stage from where one day they will attempt to dominate ‘our’ country.

Without beating further about the bush, my point is, that 40 years ago if one were to have described my city as it is today any audience would have at least thought me mad, and in the extreme beaten me up, one cannot imagine how the landscape will appear in another 20 years.

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