Based on the responses of a number of leaders and thousands of followers of “The Religion of Peace” ™ (You know – the public burning of Denmark’s flag, embassy, riots in the streets, etc.) over the publication of the now infamous “12 cartoons”, it might be (correctly) assumed the followers of Mohamed do not have a sense of humor.
Yes, there is a *contest* being held by one of the leading newspapers in Iran, Hamshahri, as to who can produce the *best* cartoon about the Holocaust. Guess this is to counter the above claim of there is “No sense of humor in Islam-land”. And as a gauntlet of sorts being tossed at the Western media … “Does the West extend freedom of expression to the crimes committed by the United States and Israel, or an event such as the Holocaust? Or is its freedom only for insulting religious sanctities?”
Though perhaps the above falls under freedom of the press (and don’t you know the Western MSM will be printing at least some of the cartoons…after all they are not offending ISLAM) It doesn’t prove you have a sense of humor.
Obviously the owners, editors, and staff of Hamshahri have never been to an art event sponsored in whole or part by the National Endowment for the Arts.(does Andrew Serrano ring a bell?) Nor have they obtained a copy of Kevin Smith’s (very funny) movie, Dogma. The fact is, Christianity has been taking shots about their faith/religion/G-d on an ever increasing scale, for years now. And as of yet there has been no burning down of movie houses, art museums. No artists have been killed. And as for those who follow Judaism … there are more comics, writers, and filmmakers who are either practicing or come from families that do… who to some degree or another skewer their faith or foibles constantly. However, I still haven’t seen Mel Brooks being burned in effigy. (and btw, you don’t need to do a contest on political cartoons about the holocaust. Brooks trampled all over the perpetrators in one of his first film efforts The Producers. “Springtime For Hitler” anyone??) Sounds like the Christians, and Jews are able to deal with acts of defamation, commentary, and comedy about their respective faiths with out having to resort to acts of violence, terror, and childlike responses.
Now, comes a response from Israel. But wait, it isn’t some guilt ridden retort, “We are disheartened by your need to attack Israel and the Jewish people, with yet another attempt at spreading antisemitic material. Why can’t we just get along?”. Nor is it the rattling of sabers, “Go ahead and print your hate filled cartoons. And if … well, your newspaper has to move suddenly due to lack of an office … we don’t know anything about that.” (nudge nudge wink wink)
No, Eyal Zusman and Amiti Sandy are going to “out anti-semite the anti-semites”! They are holding an “Israeli Anti-Semitic Cartoons Contest”. And the response so far has be one of resounding approval. If you are Jewish you can submit a cartoon. They are promising prizes, fame, and who knows what else.
â€œWeâ€™ll show the world we can do the best, sharpest, most offensive Jew hating cartoons ever published!â€ said Sandy â€œNo Iranian will beat us on our home turf!â€
I like it. Fighting hate with humor works for me. Now if I could draw worth a darn…