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!!!
At least, that is what the Muslims are saying.
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….