Sometimes you just have to stick your tongue out at a bully (and hope you can run faster than he can). In that vein, here’s a quick post for the day:
The Danish cartoonists who drew this little picture have, once again, received death threats from Muslims who believe that it should be a capital crime to make fun of a guy who’s been dead for hundreds of years.
This is the very reason that Ayaan Hirsi Ali, author of our reading selection Infidel, requires constant protection. After co-producing the short film, Submission, with Dutch film maker Theo Van Gogh, Ali was given 24/7 protection by the Dutch government, where she was a member of parliament. Today she is living and working in the US, and she has to pay for her own bodyguards.
Why would someone need bodyguards because of a film? Here’s a brief description of Submission from a BBC story:
Submission told the story of a Muslim woman forced into an arranged marriage who is abused by her husband and raped by her uncle. It triggered an outcry from Dutch Muslims.
In one scene the film showed an actress in see-through garments with Koranic script written on her body, which also bore whip marks.
Van Gogh was stabbed several times, and a note stuck to his chest with a knife threatened that Ali would be next. God forbids, apparently, that Muslim women complain about being treated like property. Ali is not the type of woman to allow herself to be bullied. Her first encounter with Western culture came through reading romance novels when she was a girl; later when she traveled in Europe, she was shocked to find that when women roam the streets with their arms and legs bare, society does not devolve into a rape frenzy, as she’d been taught in her Islamic education. Her exposure to freedom gave her the courage to run away in the middle of a trip to join her cousin-husband, chosen for her by her father in an arranged marriage, and she fled to The Netherlands where she claimed asylum.
I don’t know about you, but this all just makes me want to spit on a picture of Mohammed, not give respect to the religion he founded. Just wait until you see the blasphemous knitting project Iâ€™ve got in the works!