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BigDaddy44 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-12-08 10:59 AM
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Why Islam Is Unfunny for a Cartoonist
Source: Wall Street Journal

On a sunny May morning, six plainclothes police officers, two uniformed policemen and a trio of functionaries from the state prosecutor's office closed in on a small apartment in Amsterdam. Their quarry: a skinny Dutch cartoonist with a rude sense of humor. Informed that he was suspected of sketching offensive drawings of Muslims and other minorities, the Dutchman surrendered without a struggle.

"I never expected the Spanish Inquisition," recalls the cartoonist, who goes by the nom de plume Gregorius Nekschot, quoting the British comedy team Monty Python. A fan of ribald gags, he's a caustic foe of religion, particularly Islam. The Quran, crucifixion, sexual organs and goats are among his favorite motifs.

Mr. Nekschot, whose cartoons had appeared mainly on his own Web site, spent the night in a jail cell. Police grabbed his computer, a hard drive and sketch pads. He's been summoned for further questioning later this month by prosecutors. He hasn't been charged with a crime, but the prosecutor's office says he's been under investigation for three years on suspicion that he violated a Dutch law that forbids discrimination on the basis of race, religion or sexual orientation.

The cartoon affair has come as a shock to a country that sees itself as a bastion of tolerance, a tradition forged by grim memories of bloody conflict between Catholics and Protestants. The Netherlands sheltered Jews and other refugees from the Spanish Inquisition, and Calvinists fleeing persecution in France. Its thinkers helped nurture the 18th-century Enlightenment. Prostitutes, marijuana and pornography have been legal for decades.

Read more: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB121581460304047109.html...
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Bill McBlueState Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-12-08 11:03 AM
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1. Let's just hope nobody steals a communion cracker
Edited on Sat Jul-12-08 11:05 AM by Bill McBlueState
http://www.startribune.com/lifestyle/faith/24313139.htm...

Europe and the rest of us would be a lot better off if we'd stop giving a free pass to religious goofiness, whether it be Christian, Muslim, or other.

I'm saying we should respect the people, but not necessarily their beliefs.

(edited to fix the link)
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XemaSab Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-12-08 11:30 AM
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2. I think the American view of the First Amendment is the way to go
If I want to sit on my ass and post crap on teh internets all day, that should be my RIGHT!

Wait... :hide:
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awoke_in_2003 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-12-08 12:25 PM
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6. Agreed
all religion is unfunny. Once you give creedence to one religion, the others will want it, too. As our muslim population grows, their demands will grow here, too, just as they have in Europe. It is time to take all religion out of the political and governing arena.
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marshall Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-12-08 12:57 PM
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7. In this case they are trying to protect lives
The Catholic church doesn't call down death sentences on people who steal communion wafers, unlike those cartoonists who are now having to do a Salman Rushdie and hide from the fatwa spewing leaders within the Muslim religion.

But 600 years ago you might have found your life in danger in Europe if you stole a communion wafer or in some other way ridiculed the Catholic church or its hierarchy. Hopefully it won't take another 600 years for Islam to catch up and make the world safe again for cartoonists.
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evilkumquat Donating Member (363 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-12-08 11:32 AM
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3. And Yet, the People There are Truly Happier and More Free
Odd, that.
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Ghost Dog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-12-08 11:56 AM
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4. So who's um, Protestant, Catholic or Orthodox around here
(to mention only xtians)...

Sorry. Freedom of thought and expression above all.
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msongs Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-12-08 11:58 AM
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5. islam is not a person it cannot be insulted nt
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cliffordu Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-12-08 02:07 PM
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8. I'm publishing some images of the Prophet over at my place-
Edited on Sat Jul-12-08 02:07 PM by cliffordu
Theradicalincubator.com. Under 'religion'

I hope it drives all the 14th century wannabees mad. Fuck them.

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DainBramaged Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-12-08 02:09 PM
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9. People who live a humorless life and do not place any value in life
need to consider the afterlife. It will make this a better place for those of us who cherish life.
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Moderator DU Moderator Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-12-08 02:10 PM
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10. Locking
Not Latest Breaking News.
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