Thursday, November 03, 2011

Islam and Free Speech

Here is a partial list of the violent intimidation Muslims around the world have been threatening and/or perpetrating in the last few years, all in the name of their religiously pathological abhorrence of "blasphemy" along with their utter disdain for the right of free speech in a free society:

Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, the producer of the recently controversial film about Mohammed ("The Innocence of Mohammed") and members of his family have been advised to go into hiding after two different clerics issued death fatwas against him and after the leader of Hizbollah, before a crowds of tens of thousands of Muslims, vowed that the release of the film will have "dangerous, very dangerous repercussions around the world" -- all this in the context of worldwide Muslim rage in the week following September 11, 2012, in the form of riots frothing with hatred and bristling with violence that have killed at least 20 people by now in various countries

Monty Python comedian (self-censors in fear of Muslims)

Yale University Press (self-censors in response to Muslim death threats)

Metropolitan Museum of Art (self-censors in response to Muslim death threats)

National Archives of Canada (self-censors in response to Muslim death threats)

French newspaper (after being firebombed for printing a cartoon of Muhammad, the next day the paper prints that cartoon again, and more! Bravo!)

Hollywood (self-censors by canceling a movie project about Jews in Malmo, Sweden, after learning of frequent Muslim threats and acts of violence against Jews in Malmo)

Talk-show host David Letterman (at an Al Qaeda website a frequent commenter calls on Muslims to cut out Letterman's tongue and kill him)

Paris Dipersico, author (beaten by two Muslim men for writing things "against Islam," such as "Islam is a religion of 'peace', and Muslims will kill you to prove it")

Director of the museum in the Hague, Wim van Krimpen (self-censors in response to Muslim death threats)

UK religious studies teacher Gary Smith (Muslims hit him over the head with an iron bar, fracturing his skull, hemmorhaging his brain, breaking his jaw, and slashing his face, for not teaching Islam as they deem appropriate)

Norwegian politicians (Iraqi-born cleric Mullah Krekar threatens politicians with death if he's deported from Norway)

State Senator Greg Ball (receives suspicious package with greeting "Asa Lamu Laikum Dead Man Walking," (the first part of which is Arabic for "peace be upon you") 

Barrister Tom Zreika (seeks police protection after non-stop phone threats from Muslims)

The firebombing of Riverdale Press, in the Bronx in New York City in 1989, after that newspaper had published an editorial defending Salman Rushdie
French singer Veronique Sanson (self-censors in response to Muslim death threats)

Seattle cartoonist Molly Norris (self-censors in response to Muslim death threats, changed name, abandoned her career, and went into hiding)

The producers and creators of famous TV cartoon South Park (self-censor in response to Muslim death threats)

Journalist Lawrence O'Donnell (self-censors in response to Muslim death threats)

Cartoonist Lars Vilks (house firebombed)

French philosophy teacher Robert Redeker (in hiding, under government protection)

Dutch Filmmaker Theo Van Gogh (murdered by a Muslim member of an international cell of Muslims)

Author and former member of Dutch parliament Hirsi Ali (death threats and full-time bodyguards)

Author Salman Rushdie (in hiding after years of death threats and mass demonstrations by Muslims to kill him for the crime of "blasphemy", under UK govt. protection)

British teacher arrested for the crime of "blasphemy" by the Sudan government, Muslim crowds and clerics call for her death

Jyllands Posten again... (five jihadists discovered planning to shoot as many people as possible)

Atheist Sabri Husibi (death threats from Muslims)

Lyricist Javed Akhtar (death threats from Muslims)

Novelist Humayun Azad (death threats from Muslims, an assassination attempt in 2004, then later that year a suspicious death which his father insisted (reasonably) was a successful assassination by the same Islamists who had been threatening him and tried to kill him before).

Cartoonist Kurt Westergaard (almost killed by a Muslim with an axe)

Director of the film 2012 and the British potter Grayson Perry (self-censors in response to Muslim death threats)

Lawyer Majed Moughni (death threat from Muslim)

Magicians/comedians Penn and Teller (admit they are afraid to mock Muslims for fear of death, even though they continue to mock Christians without any fear)

Author Taslima Nasreen (self-censors in response to Muslim death threats)

Disc jockey/musician Jakub Rene Kosik (self-censors in response to Muslim death threats)

Coptic Orthodox priest Zakaria Botros (Al Qaeda bounty of $60 million on his head)

Pop star Deeyah (hires extra bodyguards)

Politician Shiria Khatun (forced by Muslim threats to her children to dress in a "less Western" manner)

Christian minister Dr. Peter Hammond
(death threat from Muslim)

Actor Omar Sharif (Muslims call for his murder)

Artist Sooreh Hera (self-censors in response to Muslim threats and forced into hiding)

Artist Sarah Maple (gallery workers threatened, gallery window smashed, 24-hour police protection)

Paul McCartney (death threats from Muslims)

150 Austrian Coptic Christians (Austrian interior ministry found jihadist list targeting each of them for violent attack)

100+ Canadian-Arab Christians (each one targeted on an Al Qaeda website)

Volvo and Ikea (threatened by terrorist group)

UK Muslim scientist Usama Hasan (self-censors in response to Muslim death threats)

UK Random House book publisher (office fire bombed over fiction novel about Mohammed and Aisha)

Death threat at a public auditorium (Queen Mary College, London, in January of this year, where a Muslim stood before the audience and filmed them prior to start of lecture on sharia law -- then announced he will track down any audience member who says a negative word about "the Prophet".  The Muslim also filmed students in the foyer and threatened to murder them and their families. Lecture was canceled.)


As I noted in my intro, this is only a partial list, spanning only the couple of decades.  Many more such examples of the thuggery and intimidation which the pathological social disease called Islam cultivates may be adduced -- and these are all happening mostly in the West. In addition, probably thousands of similar cases are left undocumented, or poorly documented, in various Muslim and non-Muslim countries outside the West, where non-Muslims (Christians, Jews, Hindus, Buddhists, pagans, and atheists) as well as Muslims deemed to be insufficiently "pure" live in constant fear of the totalitarian hatred of Islamic society, when they are not lynched and murdered.

(Thanks to the commenter "traeh" for providing this list which he has developed for his blog, Quoting Islam)


Nobody said...

I like Charlie Hebdo re-publishing those cartoons, & more after their offices were firebombed. If only everyone, or at least most, would react that way.

Hesperado said...


I agree on the face of it; however, the issue is rather complex, and I may articulate it in an upcoming essay.