September 26, 2006

You Know What? fuck T

This shit's just starting to annoy me.

Some innocuous Danish cartoons depicting Mohammed get published, and Islamic radicals lose their shit, so much so that newspapers worldwide opt not to run said cartoons, citing all sorts of limp-wristed bullshit reasons.

The Pope, the GOD-DAMNED POPE, quotes criticism of Islam and the Prophet Mohammad issued by a Byzantine Emperor from the fucking 14TH CENTURY, who said "such as his (Mohammed's) command to spread by the sword the faith he preached." And guess what? Islamic radical shitheads lose their shit, killing a nun and burning a fucking church. So the Pope, the GOD-DAMNED POPE, has to issue an apology for fucking quoting a Byzantine emporer.

I mean, Jesus! At what point do you stand up and say "No, fuck YOU! We're not going to continue to tip-toe around you're God-damned religion because a bunch of radical shit-smears within the Islamic ranks can't help but lose their shit over every little thing?!"

Because you know, and I realize this point has been made before, but it bears repeating: If you go on a fucking killing and torching rampage every time somebody hints that your religion may consist of violent tendencies, maybe, JUST MAYBE, you're proving that fucking point."

I mean, good God, I've watched South Park absolutely tear Jesus a new a-hole. Way back in 1997, I watched an early South Park clip of Jesus and Santa duking it out in Mortal Kombat fashion, with Jesus saying to Santa "You fucking pussy!" And that was fucking hysterical. Jesus has been an acceptable kick-dog for as long as I can remember. But dare to take a zing at Mohammed, and you have to consider the possibility of a worldwide radical Islamic shit storm.

Jesus you can throw down the stairs, smear with poop, put a butt plug in his ass and burn a swastika into his chest, and there would be a very real chance of getting it hailed as a work of art and put on display in some New York museum. Put a bomb turban on Mohammed, and you have to fear for your God-damned life.

Not to put too fine a point on it, but if you're a fan of free speech, this type of self-censorship in the interests of placating a sect of lunatic fundamentalists ought to have you deeply concerned. I'm not saying there should be depictions of Mohammed with a butt plug up his ass, but good God! Some leeway here, is all I'm asking. Maybe depicting Mohammed standing next to, or looking at, a butt plug, possibly considering it. That would be a nice start.

It has to be empowering as hell to know that, if your religion is slighted in the least, you can raise an angry mob to scare the bejeezers out of the worldwide media; that you can instill a sense of fear of reprisal so powerful, people will refrain from showing Mohammed holding a scimitar, or even showing Mohammed at all.

I mean, Jesus, what does it say when I hesitate to save and publish this post? Or that I could end up taking it down later? Something's wrong here. Very wrong.

UPDATE: Or, to put it another way:


Posted by Ryan at September 26, 2006 11:40 AM | TrackBack

Rhodes, I've been smelling the same double standard for some time now. It could be that the media has magnified the incidents, and have given more weight to them than is necessary. It could also be that the violence associated with the reactions to the pope's remarks, or the cartoon for that matter makes big news.

It could also be that these type of actions get a free pass because the West should be more understanding. To which, I agree with your sentiments and call BS.

I cannot help thinking of the Far Eastern Buddhists and what their reactions to this type of stuff would be.

And, since you mention the BP thing:

I've been meaning to get that link off my chest for years now.

Posted by: seed at September 26, 2006 12:14 PM

So, if that's being shoved up your butt, you have a reason so scream "Oh, GOD! Oh, GOD!"

Posted by: Ryan at September 26, 2006 12:30 PM

Mohammed is nothing more than the 14th century equivalent of Jim Jones. An insane freak who managed convince people to believe in his insanity. The only problem is that they are still around they want to force us all to drink the kool aid of Islam. If we're not willing, then they'll sever our heads - makes no difference to them.

Dead or forced conversion equals one less infidel.

Posted by: Stephen Macklin at September 26, 2006 05:17 PM

So after he had washed their feet, and had taken his garments, and was set down again, he said unto them, Know ye what I have done to you? 13: Ye call me Master and Lord: and ye say well; for so I am. 14: If I then, your Lord and Master, have washed your feet; ye also ought to wash one another's feet. 15: For I have given you an example, that ye should do as I have done to you. 16: Verily, verily, I say unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord; neither he that is sent greater than he that sent him. 17: If ye know these things, happy are ye if ye do them. 18: I speak not of you all: I know whom I have chosen: but that the Scripture may be fulfilled, He that eateth bread with me hath lifted up his heel against me. 19: Now I tell you before it come, that, when it is come to pass, ye may believe that I am he. 20: Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that receiveth whomsoever I send receiveth me; and he that receiveth me receiveth him that sent me. John 13:12-20

Posted by: n at September 26, 2006 08:57 PM

You've got them coming out of the woodwork now, and quoting scripture. You are well and truly fucked at this point.

Posted by: donna at September 26, 2006 11:01 PM

It's funny how some people are prone to quoting certain parts of the bible but conveniently forget other parts entirely.

Posted by: simon at September 27, 2006 06:34 AM

True enough, Simon.

It's also funny, though, how some people are hard-pressed to recall the last time someone was slain for presenting Jesus in a controversial light.

Posted by: Ryan at September 27, 2006 07:24 AM

You're right Ryan, they didn't kill Mel Gibson, they let him do himself in. Since I have a quote, here it is:
Jesus was a Capricorn, he ate organic foods.
He believed in love and peace and never wore no shoes.
Long hair, beard and sandals and a funky bunch of friends.
Reckon they'd just nail him up if He come down again.
So N? I can quote from the greats too, that was Kris Kristofferson. LOL.

Posted by: donna at September 27, 2006 07:59 AM

Well, back when he was just Hitler Youth Cardinalâ„¢ and not yet Hitler Youth Popeâ„¢ ("Now with real Pradaâ„¢ accessories!") he made a public statement calling Buddhism "A form of masturbation for the mind" and in fact many prominent Buddhist leaders were none too pleased, but as you point out there were not widespread calls for his head on a platter. Which is lucky for him, 'cause they could've gone all Shaolin on his ass.

Posted by: flamingbanjo at September 27, 2006 12:13 PM
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