Friday, August 08, 2008

Free Speech Ends Where Islamic Grievance Begins. (Again.)

Dubya and Condi's beloved "religion of peace and love" has risen up again to squelch the printing of a novel for daring to mention the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) in a manner that the thin-skinned, terminally-aggrieved Islamofascists disapprove. Diana West writes:

As the Wall Street Journal reported, author Sherry Jones also "toiled," writing weekends since 2002 to tell a "tale of lust, love and intrigue in the prophet's harem" through a fictionalized story of Aisha, Muhammad's 9-year-old bride. All was well enough until Random House sent out galleys of the book to seek endorsements from writers and scholars. Among them was Denise Spellberg, an associate professor of Islamic history at the University of Texas at Austin. According to the Journal, Spellberg read the novel and became "frantic," explaining, "You can't play with a sacred history and turn it into soft-core pornography."

You can't? Says who in our free-speech world?

Says Islam in our formerly free-speech world. (That's what I mean about how much our times have changed.) Whether Spellberg is herself a Muslim isn't clear, but she certainly went on the warpath (jihadpath?) over this bodice-ripper (burqa-ripper?), activating a chain of Muslim bloggers and Web sites that spread the word, as one Islamic Web site put it, about a "new attempt to slander the Prophet of Islam." Soon, there was a "seven-point strategy" online to ensure "the writer withdraws this book" and apologizes to "Muslims across the world."

But that turned out to be unnecessary. Spellberg also e-mailed her editor at Random House -- did I mention Spellberg has a contract with another Random House imprint to write a book called "Thomas Jefferson's Qur'an"? -- labeling the Jones novel nothing less than "a declaration of war," "a national security issue," and "far more controversial" than either "The Satanic Verses" or the Danish cartoons. She said the book should be withdrawn "ASAP."

And so it was after Random House consulted "security experts and Islam scholars" -- possibly the same ones who urged the U.S. government never again to use the words "Islamic" or "jihad," but I digress. Thomas Perry, deputy publisher at Random House Publishing Group, said the company received "cautionary advice not only that the publication of this book might be offensive to some of the Muslim community, but also that it could incite acts of violence by a small, radical segment."
If you're having a sense of deja vu because this sounds just like the death threats and fears of violence that blocked the production of Martin Scorsese's "Last Temptation of Christ" and the publication of Dan Brown's "The Da Vinci Code" (and subsequent movie version), well, YOU'RE F*CKING HALLUCINATING because no such thing happened. Sure, outfits like the Catholic League made whiny noises and tried to boycott the films, but no one stopped these fictional works because they were afraid of pissing off Christians or that they'd trigger violence in response.

We saw this before with Comedhimmi Central's censoring of "South Park", the silence after Theo Van Gogh was murdered, and will see it again with more frequency in the future as cowards shiver in terror at the threats of this violent, medieval death cult. While the liberal-controlled media continue to slander Christianity for fun and (not much) profit, Islam will be accorded the most courtesy and respect possible.

Or else.

In case you doubt this post's thesis, ponder this question: Which is the more sexist religion - Catholicism or Islam?

• Islam believes women are property; women are covered so as not to distract the men; their clitorises are sliced off to prevent them from experiencing sexual pleasure; they can be divorced and left without support by just saying yo divorce them three times; marriages are arranged and any daughter who offends her father or rejects being traded away like a goat is liable to be murdered in an ironically-named "honor killing"; they aren't allowed to drive or vote or own property, etc.

• The Catholic Church doesn't ordain women as priests.

If you answered "Catholicism", then congratulations, you are qualified to work in the Treason Media or have properly integrated the media's programming into your thought processes.

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