“Be Careful With Mohammed”: Muslim Action Forum launches “legal strategy” to stop publication of insults to Mohammed

From National Secular Society:

The Muslim Action Forum (MAF), which staged a protest outside Downing Street against Charlie Hebdo in February, has launched a “legal strategy” to stop insults against Mohammed.

The organisation is also asking supporters to “lobby your MP” to make “Islamophobia” a criminal offence.

They state that they intend “to launch a series of legal challenges in the English Court system” because “depictions of our Holy Prophet peace be upon Him is the worst kind of ‘Hate Crime’ that can be perpetrated on the 3 million Muslims in the UK and 1.7 billion Muslims worldwide.”

The group says that they have “devised a legal strategy to prevent the continuous insulting and derogatory publications depicting and abusing the personality of our Holy Prophet Muhammad peace be upon Him.”

In a press release published shortly after the demonstration in February 2015, the MAF set out details of their plan to outlaw depicting Mohammed in the UK, through “amendment of some existing legislation and the presentation of a Private Members Bill that promotes the idea of Global Civility.”

They describe “Global Civility” as a “new direction” and argue that the “desecration” of “collective human dignity”, through “insult, denigration or humiliation is morally and ethically wrong”. Their website rails against “reckless and malicious expressions”.

They urge the 100,000 Muslims who they claim signed their petition to lobby their MPs and all candidates standing in the General Election. The MAF makes a number of suggestions including three specific questions which they ask supporters to direct to their MPs.’

Well, that’s not good.

Getting 100 000 signatures?!?!?

I guess us blasphemers ought to prepare for being burned at the proverbial stake for now – and a literal one soon!

Cartoons of Muhammad from 100 years ago

What an interesting article!

It tells the story of a satirical magazine published in Tbilisi a century ago, using satirical cartoons to promote women’s equality, individual rights and secularism…


How Muslim Azerbaijan had satire years before Charlie Hebdo

An Azeri woman points to a building with windows, which is a prison, while on their right is a house of Muslim women with none. Picture: Courtesy of the Azerbaijan National Library. In this cartoon, the magazine depicts a prison with windows and a house of Muslim women with none
This cartoon from 1909 had a pretty short explanation: “Pilgrimage to Hajj”. This 1909 cartoon, Pilgrimage to Hajj, had a pretty clear message
He also depicted Muhammad.
Very interesting read indeed…

On behalf of Deah, Yusor, and Razan

This video speaks for itself:

What the great late Christopher Hitchens said about the last set of Muhammad cartoons

More relevant today than ever!

Prescient words of wisdom…

Killing Islam’s Critics: not just for terrorists any more!

Everybody, well, everybody with a functioning brain, that is, is outraged about the jihadist terrorists’ murder-spree at Charlie Hebdo.

I think I made my views on this clear.

And, predictably enough, them ‘nothing-to-do-with-Islam’ chaps of the Islamic State (aka IS aka ISIS aka ISIL) claimed responsibility for the Charlie Habdo murders and gloated that more such attacks are coming.

Savages!

No, I will not call them ‘Barbarians’ because I would never insult Barbarians by likening them to these savages!

But, at least they are just rogues, playing at a state, right?

It’s not actual UN (ok, I’m choking on this phrase, but roll with it) actual UN recognized countries, right?

And certainly not any ally of ours, right?

Weeeeeeeel, not so much!

Flogging is a punishment often inflicted on Muslims by Islamist governments, because Sharia (Islamic law) commands it.  And all Islamist governments are guided by Sharia – including the ones our young men and women had liberated.

Like Afghanistan.  Whose new Constitution, drafted with the help of Western ‘liberators’, cites Sharia as the ultimate ruling authority.

And the punishment of flogging is often so severe, those being punished the victims often die.  Unless the sentence is broken up into ‘managable’ bits:  you know, just to the brink of death, let you recover, flog some more – almost to the brink of death, let you recover, and so on.  This is how the torture is maximized.

That is pure Sharia.

That is pure Islam.

And that is what our closest ally in the Arab world is doing to Raif Badawi.

What It’s Like to Be an Atheist in Palestine: Waleed Al Husseini spent 10 months in prison for being an atheist

We must do all we can to protect religious minorities – and areligious minoritites – living under the yoke of totalitarianism everywhere.  Liberal and free thinkers in the Muslim world are a case in point.

‘I was beaten by prison guards who demanded to know who had made me write against Islam. In their minds, I could only say these things as the result of some plot, some conspiracy. The idea that I might simply want to express my independent thoughts was alien to them.

The 10 months I spent in Palestinian prison were the worse of my life. I faced constant pressure to retract my statements. I was told they had removed my blog and that I must apologize for publishing it. Even once I was freed, I was told I should never again use the Internet, nor meet with the media.
For months after my release, I was harassed by the security services, who further interrogated me and detained me without cause. I received letters from people saying they wanted to kill me.’

Read the rest here.

It takes no courage to speak up and repeat the popular points of view:  we must give absolute protection to freedom of speech even to those voices we disagree with.  And we must support people willing to speak up, even at personal risk, whether we agree with them or not!

As for regimes that limit and oppress freedom of speech:  we must fight them every step of the way!

Real Time with Bill Maher: John Cleese on Political Incorrectness (HBO)