That’s what I said!!!
For the past decade or so, it has been drilled into us – and by ‘us’, I mean ‘citizens of Western democracies’ – that drawing any image, no matter how innocent, of the Islamic prophet Muhammed is a taboo.
Not to be done. under any circumstances.
Doing so would constitute ‘a provocation’ – and any response, however unreasonable or disproportionate, by Muslims anywhere on Earth is therefore the fault of the ‘provocateur’.
But, is it?
Is it, really?!?!?
What ever happened to denouncing ‘the hecler’s veto’? I thought that in a civilized society, each person is responsible for his or her actions – and ‘provocation’ is not an excuse to violence….especially non-violent ‘provocation’.
Yet, for the past ten-or-so-years, we have been conditioned (primarily by the cowardly mainstream media, but also by the way policing has systematically been carried out) to blame the person who is exercising their constitutionally guaranteed rights and freedoms for ‘causing a disturbance’ or ‘disturbing public peace’ when people react violently to them.
This is as upside down as it can get: yet, we have become so conditioned to this situation that we no longer question it.
At this point, drawing any picture – caricature or flattering – of the Islamic prophet Muhammed is seen to be ‘beyond the pale’ and anyone who dares to exercise their constitutionally guaranteed freedom of speech with regards to him is seen as the villain in any violent reaction to this lawful action.
Sad, but true. Very true.
The media spin is predictable: ‘they have a right to…, but…’
Meaning: ‘Yeah, they did something lawful that provoked other people to break the law, so it’s their own fault they got killed….’
So, the billion-dollar-question is: what constitutes such a provocation?!?!?
Holding a ‘Draw Muhammed Day event’ is one – as I learned on the 19th of May, 2015.
Holding an ‘equal opportunity blasphemy day’ is another, as I learned on the 19th of June, 2015.
So, what about yoga? Nobody can consider a bunch of people ‘stretching’ to be a provocation, right?
Well, not so fast…
June 21st, 2015, was UN’s ‘international Yoga Day’!
People all over the world got together in unbelievably unflattering outfits to stretch and grunt and look silly – while feeling like they ‘mattered’. Simple fodder for humour, right?
Not so fast!!!
This ‘government imposed’ yoga day was a clear provocation against Muslims worldwide!
Bowing to the sun!!!
Undermining the one-ness of Allah!!!
Plus it is a clear imposition of the Hindu agenda on Muslims worldwide!!!
Which leaves me wondering: for the past bunch of years, people have happily exercised yoga on the front lawn of Parliament Hill.
How long before the Islamists among us refuse to accept such a provocation and take violent means to stop such a blasphemous thing happening at the seat of Canada’s government?!?!?
How long before Islamist dress codes become mandatory on the Parliament Hill so as not to pose a ‘provocation’ to the Islamists in our midst?
It is not as far fetched as I hope it would be….
MSMF is a very worthy charity, turning tragedy into hope. They have been holding their fundraising picnic for 21 years…and I remember going to them, from the very first one, which was held at my friend’s backyard…
But, their flyer says it all:
It seems that WordPress has, in their wisdom, done some awesome improvements to their site….and until I re-learn the system, I seem unable to embed things – like the MSMF most awesome poster (which says it all). my apologies – please, see the flyer here.
So, please, do follow the link…
In the meantime, here is some of the most important information:
Saturday June 27,
2015 Andrew Haydon Park, Ottawa
Indian Vegetarian Food: 11 AM – 2 PM
Entertainment starting from 1:30 PM
Programs for kids starting from 11:30 AM
While the programs are free to all, there is a cost for the food (hence, the fundraising aspect):
$20 per 13yr or older, $15 per 12yr or younger
And if you doubt just how awesome and effective this charity is, here is a bit of their stats as of October 2014:
Children Educated: 2,233
Out Patients: 2,113,071
Eye screening camps organized : Adults: 2,088, Children: 995
This really is a most delicious way to make the world a better place!!!
I’m very keen on this:
From Vlad Tepes:
Showing that the Netherlands, like most of Europe and Canada, are at least partly under the sharia and moving more that direction and away from our own cultural and constitutionally mandated laws where they conflict with islamic values.
H/T WTDThe national public broadcasting company NPO is investigating why a party political broadcast by the PVV showing anti-Mohammed drawings was not transmitted as planned. PVV leader Geert Wilders pledged to show the drawings during the broadcast but instead an old item was aired instead. Wilders has accused the public broadcaster of sabotage and has now placed the item featuring the cartoons, which is 2.45 minutes long, on YouTube. The video is due to be broadcast twice more later this month
Frankly, when the UN continued to fund Gaza even though it became ruled by Hamas, it became an accessory to terrorism.
Humour is a weapon against bullies and totalitarians: this is why ‘cartoons’ have such power.
You know that something is part of ‘the culture’ when it keeps showing up in pop culture.
Personally, I enjoy watching Netfix – and one of their shows is ‘Orange Is the New Black’: a show about a posh girl who, while young and ‘experimenting’, had crossed some lines and now has to pay the price in prison. It is a fun show, based (loosely, I presume) on a real life story, that makes us re-examine the whole ‘drug war’ and related issues.
Another thing I like is binge-watching shows: so, the Netflix ‘thing’ of releasing a whole season of a show at once pleases me beyond explanation. Perhaps it is the Aspie in me, but, I have a difficult time going from one world to another. So, when a show paints an alternate world for me (like, say, fictionalized life in prison), it takes me hours to transition from that world to my reality and vice versa. Which means that it only makes sense that I should watch all the episodes back-to-back!
Alas, the real world tends to intrude….which is why it was not until tonight that I saw this particularly salient line in the show…
The women’s prison celebrates ‘Mother’s Day’ with particularly open visitation from the babies/children of the inmates. As a direct result of the families’ visits, the women’s prison becomes infested with both scabies and bedbugs.
In order to combat the infestations, the prison burns all possibly infested items: from mattresses to prison uniforms to…the books in the library.
The pertinent line:
All the books in the prison library had been burned, as they had all been infested with bed-bugs….except for one book – the book that nobody had dared to burn!
The prison had been left with a single, bed-bug-infested book: a copy of the Koran….