Religion of Tolerance Watch

October 28, 2009

Following up on an item I linked yesterday, we now know why over 100 FBI agents -including snipers and helicopters- raided a Muslim slaughterhouse in Illinois: it was linked to a plot to kill 78-years old Kurt Westergaard, author of one of the most well-known of the infamous Muhammed Cartoons:

Two Chicago men charged in terror scheme

When FBI agents at O’Hare arrested David Headley en route to Pakistan earlier this month on charges he plotted to kill a newspaper cartoonist in Denmark, authorities say he held an additional airline reservation – to Copenhagen.

He was to depart Thursday.

Headley’s friend, Tahawwur Hussain Rana, who shared an extreme hatred for cartoons that depicted the prophet Mohammed, arranged for the flight, authorities said.

Any depiction of the prophet, even a favorable one, is forbidden by Islamic law as likely to lead to idolatry.

The Chicago men, who knew each other from a military school in Pakistan, on Tuesday were accused of an international plot dubbed “The Mickey Mouse Project” that since late 2008 included scheming with others to “commit terrorist acts against overseas targets,” according to federal criminal complaints made public in Chicago.

The North Side men are accused of plotting to target employees of the Danish newspaper Morgenavisen Jyllands-Posten, which published cartoons of the prophet Mohammed in 2005, sparking violent riots across the Muslim world.

The most controversial of the 12 cartoons depicted Mohammed wearing a bomb with a lit fuse as a turban. That cartoon was drawn by Kurt Westergaard, 78 – who was targeted for assassination, authorities said.

This is the cartoon in question:


For this act of free speech, a right we in the West hold to be among the universal, natural rights of Mankind, Mr. Westergaard and Flemming Rose, the editor of the Jyllands-Posten, as well as other staff at the paper were marked for death.

They were to be murdered for offending Islam.

Free speech means nothing unless it means the freedom to criticize and even give offense, for no other kind of speech needs protection. If we renounce our right to criticize or even insult a public figure, a political party, or even a religion –any religion– then free speech is dead, the first amendment is “just words,” and we are all self-made dhimmis living in fear.

Which is exactly what jihadists like David Headley and Tahawwur Hussain Rana want.

(hat tip: Jihad Watch)

RELATED: The original Dread Cartoons Of Blasphemy.

Sunday funny

September 27, 2009

From the pen of Joe Heller of the Green Bay Press-Gazette:


Blissful ignorance?

September 25, 2009

Nate Beeler in the Washington Examiner:



Party like it’s 1934

April 19, 2009

A 75-year old political cartoon that’s appropriate for today.

(hat tip: Instapundit)


Anti-Semitic political cartoons in US papers?

March 26, 2009

Oliphant has been one of my favorite political cartoonists for years, and then he draws Jew-bashing trash like this? And the New York Times and Washington Post publish it?

WTF? I’m crushed. Crying


Reaching out

December 18, 2008

Michael Ramirez on the UAW’s suicidal stubbornness:


(via IBD)

As John at Power Line observes, maybe this crisis has a silver lining: the breaking of the United Auto Worker’s union, which has done as much as management to leave the individual worker in dire straits.


Spreading the wealth

November 6, 2008

The coming Obama economic policies in a nutshell. Hee hee


Do not criticize the Harbinger of Hope and Change, lest ye be called names

October 29, 2008

Michael Ramirez skewers the Prophet Barack. Click to enlarge.


Rolling on the floor


Saturday laughs

October 18, 2008

From Michael Ramirez, via Power Line:


(Click to enlarge)

That’s it for now! Rolling on the floor


Weekend funny

September 13, 2008

Courtesy of Tigerhawk:

Palin donkey


Never ask a question

March 22, 2008

…You don’t want the answer to:


See more of Michael Ramirez’s work at

Don’t worry, be happy!

December 17, 2007


(Courtesy: Dry Bones)


October 6, 2007

Cartoonist Michael Ramirez on



(via Power Line)

Spot on

September 28, 2007

A great political cartoon about President Gilligan’s Ahmadinejad’s appearance at Columbia University.

(hat tip: Contentions)


July 30, 2007

Today’s History lesson, from Dry Bones:


Worth a thousand words

July 8, 2007

Dry Bones cuts to the heart of dealing with Islamic terrorism:

(hat tip: PJM)


That didn’t take long

October 31, 2006

(hat tip: Tigerhawk)



Score one for freedom of speech

October 27, 2006

The Danish courts today did the sensible thing and dismissed a lawsuit that claimed the infamous “Danish cartoons” depicting the Prophet Muhammed were an insult to Islam:

A Danish court rejected a lawsuit Thursday against the newspaper that first printed the controversial Prophet Muhammad cartoons. Arab politicians and intellectuals warned the verdict would widen the gap between Westerners and Muslims, but said mass protests were unlikely.

The City Court in Aarhus rejected claims by seven Danish Muslim groups that the 12 drawings printed in the Jyllands-Posten daily were meant to insult the prophet and make a mockery of Islam. Islamic law forbids any depiction of Prophet Muhammad, even positive ones, to prevent idolatry.

The court conceded that some Muslims saw the drawings as offensive, but found there was no basis to assume that “the purpose of the drawings was to present opinions that can belittle Muslims.”

The cartoons, which can be seen here, are pieces of satire, and satire is criticism and it is bound to offend someone. But the right to speak freely and criticize public figures, even religious figures, and even if it gives offense, is at the core of liberal democracy. It is essential. But, if the Muslim groups had won their suit, that essential freedom would have been endangered, and Europe would have been one step further on the road to dhimmitude.


In case you need a reminder

September 11, 2006

From Cox & Forkum. You’ll also find other interesting 9-11 links there.

(hat tip: Little Green Footballs)

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With friends like these

August 29, 2006

The Republican Party does not need enemies. 

(From Cox & Forkum.)

Perhaps Katherine Harris should re-read (or more likely  read for the first time) the Constitution and the Federalist Papers.