Dhimmitude and cartoons

Western values being dhimminished by the day

The threat to submit to Islam is constantly with us. A type of dhimmitude is being imposed on all of us, not through superior logic, moral suasion, or appeals to our tollerance, but through brute force and physical intimidation. The 200th episode of South Park has been subjected to censorship, because Comedy Central responded to death threats for showing Mohamed disguised in a bear costume.

Janet Albrechtsen writes,

Whether you like it or not, South Park offers cutting-edge commentary on Western culture. Muslims are entitled to adhere to their religious rules. No one is forcing them to draw the prophet Mohammed. But that does not mean Western societies built on freedom of expression must do the same… Each time we step down from defending Western values such as freedom of expression, our retreat signals a weary acceptance that Islamic rules apply by default.

The rot of course started when British Muslims in their thousands marched down the streets shouting “Death to Rushdie” in 1989 over Salmon Rushdie’s new book The Satanic Verses. At the time it was against the law to incite murder. The police lined the streets and stood by, almost as a guard of honour.

Then came the Danish cartoons. The worst of it is that these threats to our freedom of expression are blatant,  conscious, political manoeverings to impose a form of dhimmitude on the West. Showing images of Mohammed has nothing to do with offence or insult. Just after the Danish cartoons were published in the Jyllands-Posten, six of them were reproduced in an Egyptian newspaper in October 17, 2005 with absolutely no reaction from local people. And it was Ramadan. It took months before a contrived and organised scandal was made of it.

Albrechtsen quotes the courageous campaigner, Hirsi Ali on CNN a few days after the South Park controversy,

Ayaan Hirsi Ali, who wrote the script for Submission, said van Gogh was dead and she was still alive because she was surrounded by security guards. “I still have protection,” she said. That will change only when more and more of us defend those values that have served us so well. Then: “There will be too many people to threaten and at that time I won’t need protection.” And the West will have reasserted itself as a confident culture, capable of defending freedom of expression.

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