First, the creators of the tasteless Comedy Central cartoon South Park, received a not so veiled death threat from a Muslim website for episode 201 of the popular cartoon, which has Mohammed dressed in a bear outfit.
Weasel Zippers has this screenshot from Revolution Muslim's website, with a photo of the murdered (by the so-called Religion of Peace) Theo Van Gogh.
At the bottom reads "Have Matt Stone and Trey Parker (creators of South Park) forgotten this?"
Instead of going after the hate mongers at that website for making a death threat, Comedy Central caved to this blackmail and censored the episode. Never mind that the same show pokes fun also at Jennifer Lopez, Tom Cruise's alleged homosexuality, allows one character to take the name of Jesus Christ in vain and shows Buddha snorting cocaine.
The message? You can mock any religion, dump Jesus in a bucket of urine and call it "art" or depict the Virgin Mary with elephant dung and it's "free speech;" insult Islam and it's censored because of death threats.
Evangelist Franklin Graham, son of The Rev. Billy Graham was next on the list. He was disinvited from giving a prayer at the Pentagon's National Day of Prayer because of past statements about Islam (ABC).
...In 2001, the son of the evangelist Billy Graham described Islam as evil and said last year that he found it to be “a very violent religion.”Of course, the unindicted co-conspirators of the Holy Land Foundation case, CAIR (Council of American Islamic Relations) was happy.
Army spokesman Col. Tom Collins confirmed today, that at the Army’s request, the Pentagon Chaplain’s Office had contacted Graham to withdraw the invitation extended to him to be the main speaker at the Pentagon’s observance of the National Day of Prayer.
...In a statement, Graham said he regretted the Army’s decision and that he would continue to pray for the troops to "give them guidance, wisdom and protection as they serve this great country."
How the Army got involved was a convoluted process because they did not extend the invite to Graham in the first place. That was done by the Pentagon’s Chaplain’s
Office, but the Army is responsible for that office in its capacity as “executive agent.” When Graham’s past comments came to light, the pressure grew on the Army to decide whether it would let Graham still speak at the event.
“We applaud this decision as a victory for common sense and good judgment,” said CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad. "Promoting one's own religious beliefs is something to be defended and encouraged, but other faiths should not be attacked or misrepresented in the process."
To see where CAIR really stands, here is a photo of Nihad Awad speaking at a 2002 so-called "anti-war" rally in Washington DC. Off to his right side is the flag of the Islamic terrorist group Hezbollah, which was involved in the kidnapping and murder of American citizens in Beruit, Lebanon.
But some aren't intimidated...and are planning a response on May 20th. From HotAir.
Someone at Dan Savage’s blog started it, then Michael Moynihan at Reason picked it up, now I feel obliged to help push it out there. Says Moynihan:
I will be employing my tremendous skill as an illustrator, of course, and expect that my colleagues will do the same. If they refuse, they will be declared weak-kneed, namby-pamby, quisling infidels and will be shamed on this blog (Though such idle threats rarely work these days; perhaps I could threaten them with a painful death, which seems to do the trick). If readers would like to show their solidarity, please email your Mohammad masterpieces to me here: mmoynihan at reason.com. The best ones will be published on Hit & Run, which, along with the concomitant death threat, is reward enough.
May 20th has become "Everybody Draw Mohammed Day!" See the flyer below.