Once again, Muslims worldwide are in full seethe mode over . . . wait for it . . . CARTOONS! Here comes the rioting, I smell carbeque!
A court in Pakistan has ordered the authorities temporarily to block the Facebook social networking site.
The order came when a petition was filed after the site held a competition featuring caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad.
The petition, filed by a lawyers’ group called the Islamic Lawyers’ Movement, said the contest was “blasphemous”.
A message on the competition’s information page said it was not “trying to slander the average Muslim”.
“We simply want to show the extremists that threaten to harm people because of their Muhammad depictions that we’re not afraid of them,” a statement on the “Everybody Draw Mohammed Day” said.
“They can’t take away our right to freedom of speech by trying to scare us into silence.”
The information section of the page said that it was set up by a Seattle-based cartoonist, Molly Norris.
It contains caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad and characters from other religions, including Hinduism and Christianity, as well as comments both critical and supportive of Islam.
Publications of similar cartoons in Danish newspapers in 2005 sparked angry protests in Muslim countries – five people were killed in Pakistan.
Facebook has more than 400 million users sharing 25 billion things a month
Already the Pakistani press has reported protests against Facebook on Wednesday by journalists outside parliament in Islamabad, while various Islamic parties are also reported to be organising demonstrations.
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This is just another example of why Islam is incompatible with Western, secular governments, the two are mutually exclusive. A devout Muslim cannot, by definition, be loyal to both Islam and a secular government. Unlike in Islam, where Sharia theocratic law is the only recognized governing authority, in Western secular civilization, we have a concept called freedom of speech and no religion is immune from mockery and ridicule. Obviously, as you can plainly see, freedom of speech is antithetical to Muslim culture.
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