Friday, February 17, 2006
Cleric Offers Bounty on Cartoonist
I think the above picture says it all. It is not, to my knowledge from the story I mention below, but it is from an earlier protest and shows mindset.
Friday stupidity. (link)
In the northwestern city of Peshawar, where riots left two dead and scores injured on Wednesday, prayer leader Mohammed Yousaf Qureshi announced the bounty for killing a cartoonist to about 1,000 people outside the Mohabat Khan mosque, where worshippers burned a flag of Denmark and an effigy of the Danish prime minister.
He said the mosque and his religious school would give $25,000 and a car, while a local jewelers' association would give another $1 million. No representative of the association was available to confirm it had made the offer.
"This is a unanimous decision of by all imams (prayer leaders) of Islam that whoever insults the prophet deserves to be killed and whoever will take this insulting man to his end, will get this prize," Qureshi said.
I see, there is no God but Allah and a million dollar prize. Now, do they mean the Dutch cartoonist or the Muslims who brought the folder of cartoons to the Middle East with cartoons that were never published and were there to start trouble? You know this part of the story (link):
On the trip, the group carried a dossier with purported examples of images offensive to Islam, including photocopies of the 12 Muhammad cartoons and three additional images – two offensive drawings of the prophet and a copy of an AP photograph that was unrelated to the controversy. That photograph, showing a bearded man wearing fake pig ears and a pig nose, was from a pig-squealing contest in France in August and had no connection with Islam or the prophet caricatures.
Just want to be sure. I know it is offensive to publish these cartoons but not a problem to create false ones and bring unrelated images just to stir up trouble ahead of Denmark taking over the presidency of the security council: but I was just asking.
Back to the first article:
Qureshi did not name any cartoonist in his announcement. He did not appear aware that 12 different people had drawn the pictures — considered blasphemous by Muslims.
Oh, a pity to let facts get in the way and spoil a perfectly good riot. And here is one of the prayers from today:
"Give enough power to the Muslim countries and enable them to take revenge," said Qari Saeed Ullah, a prayer leader in Islamabad.
This was the prayer. The prayer. Not for justice or understanding, but revenge.
On a side note take a look at The Gateway Pundit Blog (link) and read the post from 2/16 about the woman Journalist who was attacked while reporting on the riots. The story is covered very well there. Here is a link to a news article on the story, but the commentary over at pundit is worth a read.
Posted by DavidNic at 11:05 AM