Tuesday, February 07, 2006

The Fake Pictures and the Danish Imam Traveling Road Show

In my previous post, I mentioned some fabricated pictures that were circulated with the actual Jyllands-Posten pictures of Mohammed. There's been a fair amount of coverage on this within the blogosphere (God, I hate that word!), but precious little in the traditional media. Notably, Little Green Footballs , Michelle Malkin and Brussels Journal have given the topic good coverage. But the topic needs more discussion, and the traditional media must start reporting on this.

Too many in the western world are of the belief that the Muslim outrage ignited by the cartoons is a spontaneous, heart-felt reaction to a perceived insult to their religion. The unfortunate truth is that a group of Muslim leaders from Denmark, apparently disappointed by the tepid reaction to the cartoons' publication, decided to travel through parts of the Muslim world and "enlighten" Muslims to the latest offense against their religion. It appears that some Muslims need to be told that they're offended.

But to make sure the unenlightened masses were sufficiently fired up, the Danish Imams added three completely fabricated images that were never published in any paper. It appears the original 12 drawings were not inflammatory enough. The fabricated images are shown here in this article.

The first is a crudely-reproduced photograph of a dog humping a Muslim at prayer. I'm not sure how this topic is supposed to fit with western stereotypes of Islam, but hey, maybe the Imams know something we don't know.

The second is a drawing depicting Mohammed as a pedophile, and while not many westerners are aware of it, there is a fair amount of evidence to indicate that he was, in fact, a pederast.

The final image is a real laugher. It's another badly reproduced photograph that's supposed to be a parody of Mohammed as a pig, but it's actually a picture of a contestant at a pig squealing contest in ... get this ... France. This according to Neander News.

This would all be terribly amusing, except for the motivation behind it, and the effect this has had in the Muslim world.

The effect everyone with a TV is well aware of. Tens (hundreds?) of thousands of Muslims violently rioting all over the world, and even more convinced that the western world is out to get them.

But the motivation is what I find most disturbing. What possible benefit have these Muslim leaders realized from the result of their campaign? None that I can see, except that maybe the result fits an agenda of theirs that's rather disturbing to consider.


Rancher said...

Now we learn that an Egyptian paper published the cartoons back in October. From Sandmonkey:

"Freedom For Egyptians reminded me why the cartoons looked so familiar to me: they were actually printed in the Egyptian Newspaper Al Fagr back in October 2005. I repeat, October 2005, during Ramadan, for all the egyptian muslim population to see, and not a single squeak of outrage was present. Al Fagr isn't a small newspaper either: it has respectable circulation in Egypt, since it's helmed by known Journalist Adel Hamoudah.

Eric said...

Like I said...it would appear that some Muslims need to be told that they're offended and should throw a tantrum.

The stated prohibition against images of Mohammed are found nowhere in the Koran. It appears to be a later (post-Mohammed) doctrine established to prevent idolatry. So if a non-muslim creates a picture of Mohammed, how is that idolatry? I seriously doubt that the doctrine says pictures of the prophet are outright blasphemy.